A Tradition in Family Baking

Swedish Orange Sweet Buns

Swedish Orange Sweet Buns
Swedish Orange Sweet Buns made with a buttery, cardamom dough layered with fragrant orange sugar, then knotted, topped with crunchy Swedish pearl sugar and baked until they're golden brown.
Yield: 12 buns
Ingredients
For the dough
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp) RED STAR Platinum Yeast
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
For the Orange Sugar Filling
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Zest from 1 large orange
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
For the topping
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Swedish pearl sugar
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, cardamom, and salt.

  2. In saucepan or microwave safe dish, heat milk and butter until warm (120° - 130°F).

  3. Add liquids to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened. Add eggs; beat 3 minutes at medium speed.

  4. Switch to the dough hook and mix in the remaining flour a little at a time, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough, add more or less flour as needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes.

  5. While the dough is resting, make the orange sugar filling by mixing the sugar with the orange zest.

  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  7. Punch down the dough and let it rest 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 18x12-inch rectangle. Spread the butter evenly over the bottom ⅔ of the dough with a rubber spatula or your fingers. Sprinkle the orange sugar evenly over the butter. Fold the dough into thirds like a letter.

  8. Cut dough in to twelve strips, each 6-inches long by 1-inch wide with a pizza cutter or dough scraper.

  9. Cut each piece ¾ of the way up horizontally and twist the two ends. Tie the ends in to a knot. (Alternative ways to shape: #1 Twist each strip then wrap each twist around two fingers and tuck the end through the middle of the circle to the bottom. #2 Hold one end of each strip and twist it several times. Start with one end and roll it up like a snail shell and tuck the end underneath.)

  10. Place each bun on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.

  11. Brush with the beaten egg, and sprinkle with pearl sugar

  12. Bake about 20 minutes until golden brown. Cover the top with foil if the rolls are browning too quickly. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool on the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

  13. Recipe created by Barbara Bakes.
 

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