December 13, 2015

Lussekatter - Buttermilk saffron buns (recipe in English and Swedish)



I enjoy Christmas baking so much, but this year, there hasn't really been much time for it. So far.
These are a must for me though, no matter how busy I am, I always find the time to make these and pop them in my freezer. I actually just realized there are only two left in there.. I need to make another batch. I generally find most types of Christmas candy too sweet anyway, I mean I adore caramels but I just can't handle the sweetness. These Lussekatter though, are just perfectly sweet. I adore them.





BUTTERMILK SAFFRON BUNS
OR LUSSEKATTER
Makes 19 buns

If the buns start feeling dry, reheat them slightly in the oven or in the microwave and they'll become moist and delicious again! 
You can easily double this batch and freeze the leftovers.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 g saffron (1 envelope)
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp cognac or vodka

25 g fresh yeast
2/3 cup buttermilk (regular milk works too)
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
1 large egg
1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (90 g) granulated sugar
100 g (1 scant stick) salted softened butter
3 cups + 3 tbsp (450 g) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt (I use flaky sea salt which I grind slightly in a pestle & mortar before measuring)

about 40 raisins
enough glögg or water to cover the raisins

EGG WASH
1 egg
pinch of salt
1 tbsp heavy cream


METHOD
1. Grind saffron and 1 tbsp granulated sugar in a pestle and mortar. Put in a small bowl and mix with cognac or vodka. This mixture can be prepared up to one month ahead for more flavor, but about 20 minutes before starting the dough works too.
2. Crumble the yeast into a large bowl.
3. Put buttermilk and cream in a saucepan and heat until approximately 37°C (98.5F) Add a little of the liquid to the yeast and stir until it has dissolved, then add the rest of the liquid, the saffron mix, the egg and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
4. Slowly add half of the flour while working the dough with a dough hook in a stand mixer. You can of course also work the dough by hand but it will take longer. Add the salt and the butter and work until incorporated into the dough.
5. Add the rest of the flour (or as much as needed) and work into a very smooth dough, about 10-15 minutes on low by machine. The dough should be very elastic, smooth and sticky to the touch - if you pick up a piece and pull it apart it shouldn't snap immediately.
6. Leave the dough to rise, covered with a cloth, for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, put the raisins in a bowl and cover them with glögg or water. This is done to not dry out the buns.

7. Now it's time to shape lussekatter! Divide the dough into equally large portions (I used 50 g of dough for each bun) and shape each bun like an "S". The trick is to roll them out really long to make them extra swirly. Prepare two baking sheets with baking paper. Transfer buns to baking sheets. Leave some space between them as they will rise even more. Put two raisins in each bun (as pictured).
8. Cover the buns with clean kitchen towels and leave to rise for 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 250°C (480F).
9. Brush buns with egg wash. Bake at 250°C (480F) for about 5-8 minutes or until golden brown, depending on the size of the buns.
10. Let cool under a clean kitchen towel.
Enjoy! Remember to freeze leftovers immediately once cool or they will become dry very fast.




LUSSEKATTER MED KÄRNMJÖLK
cirka 19 mindre bullar

INGREDIENSER
1/2 g saffran (1 kuvert)
1 msk strösocker
1 msk konjak eller vodka

25 g jäst
1 1/2 dl kärnmjölk (vanlig mjölk går också bra)
1 dl vispgrädde
1 stort ägg
1 dl (90 g) strösocker
100 g mjukt smör
7 1/2 dl (450 g) vetemjöl
1/2 tsk salt (jag använder flingsalt som jag mortlar lite lätt innan jag mäter upp det, använder du vanligt bordssalt bör du minska saltet en aning)

ungefär 40 russin
glögg eller vatten

1 ägg
en nypa salt
1 msk vispgrädde


1. Mortla saffran och socker. Lägg över i en liten skål och blanda med konjak eller vodka. Detta kan förberedas upp till en månad före men 20 minuter går fint det också.
2. Smula jästen i en stor bunke. Värm kärnmjölk och vispgrädde i en kastrull till fingervärme (37°C). Häll lite av vätskan över jästen och rör om tills jästen lösts upp. Häll på resten av vätskan, ägg, socker och saffransblandningen. Rör om tills sockret lösts upp.
3. Tillsätt hälften av mjölet och arbeta i maskin med degkrok eller för hand med en träsked. Tillsätt smöret i klickar och sedan saltet.
4. Tillsätt resten av mjölet och arbeta till en rejält smidig och elastisk deg, cirka 10-15 minuter med maskin eller 30 minuter för hand på bakbord. Täck över skålen med en ren kökshandduk och låt jäsa i 60-90 minuter eller tills degen dubblats i storlek. Under tiden kan du lägga russinen i en skål och täcka med antingen glögg eller vatten.

5. Knåda degen lite lätt och forma sedan till lussekatter (jag använde 50 g deg per bulle) och lägg dem på två plåtar med bakplåtspapper. Dekorera med russin, täck över plåtarna med rena kökshanddukar och låt jäsa 45 minuter. Värm ugnen till 250°C.
6. Pensla bullarna med ett ägg uppvispat med en nypa salt och grädde.
7. Grädda bullarna 5-8 minuter tills de blivit gyllenbruna. Låt svalna under en ren kökshandduk.


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November 17, 2015

Pear cardamom cake with brown butter frosting & chocolate glaze



Ok, so I'm officially in Christmas mode from now on. I took the plunge yesterday and started listening to Christmas music.. I felt kind of guilty for some reason. Lit candles, clementines and Christmas music is the best way to get myself into the spirit so that's what I've been doing even though it's still quite early (who am I kidding, bring on the Christmas tree already!).
And obviously, this cake which really is the best cake I've had in a while. It might not look like much but, oh, those flavors! Again with the cardamom, I know, but I just can't help myself. And browned butter, pear and chocolate of course.

This weekend I was lucky enough to have my sweet friend Joann Pai visit me in my little town. We had a really great time together, shooting, talking, eating cake, pancakes, cinnamon buns, Indian food and whatnot. Funny thing is, I'm just so used to working alone that I get kind of nervous when someone is watching me work. I'm almost asking for permission to move things around, like "Ok, so I'm gonna put this here....?". I'm glad we were able to get some shots of the cake since the weather wasn't showing its' best side that day. We were also glad to have this cake, obviously.





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October 28, 2015

Spiced apple muffins with streusel topping and cinnamon honey butter




I think there is nothing I enjoy more than baking with apples. Especially if there is cardamom involved. I adore cardamom, if I haven't mentioned it before (which I'm pretty sure I have). Not just with apples, it goes pretty much with anything in my book - coffee (!), rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon buns, Semlor, you name it!

Apples always seem to inspire me to bake, and that was definitely the case today. With my fourth book in the making I've had almost no time to create new recipes for the blog. I feel like I talk about my fourth book constantly, but it's pretty much all I can think about at the moment. It's been so much fun to make, and I've learned so much during the process. I can't wait to share more on this soon!

Anyway, these muffins:


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October 9, 2015

At the table workshop in Dala-Floda and a triple chocolate cake



After what seemed like a long, long wait, it was finally time to host our very first At the table workshop. It's been exactly one month since me,  Made by Mary, Cashew Kitchen and Rania Maria met up on that sunny Friday in September at Dala-Floda värdshus. We immediately started preparing everything for our ten guests who were arriving in just a few short hours. I was filled with anticipation, but it was also pretty nerve-racking to say the least. I have never taught styling before and knew that it was going to be a challenge to put words on why, and how I do things without just stating the obvious "uhmm, because it looks good". I knew that I had this chocolate cake up my sleeve though, to sway the guests just in case I would forget everything I was supposed to say (which is something I tend to do when I'm nervous). I didn't get to see Maria's styling session but I know she's a natural teacher and really awesome at explaning her creative process. I did get to see Agnes' session though and she was just fantastic.

I brought my favorite chocolate chip cookies for the guests styling session. It was so much fun to see them all at work, they were all so creative, talented and kind. I wish we had a couple more days to spend together!

I didn't take a lot of photos this weekend, simply because there was no time with all the preparations. But I did get a few good ones. Rania filmed and photographed every move we made though so make sure to check that out!


Thanks to our amazing sponsors Broste Copenhagen (for the beautiful bowls and linen napkins for our guests, and bowls and plates for our welcome table below), Saltå Kvarn (for the delicious snacks and drinks for the guests welcome gift), Arla (for the delicious dairy products for our meals) & Wålstedts Gård (for the gorgeous biodynamic veggies)!  This wouldn't have been possible without you!

For more info on upcoming events, check out atthetable.se, and for more photos from this event, check out the photo gallery! Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook. Check the tag #atthetableworkshops on instagram to see all the photos from the event!



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July 30, 2015

Brown butter chocolate chip cake with bourbon caramel frosting





The same thing happens every year, I forget my blog birthday. Poor Call me cupcake. So neglected. So last week was Call me cupcake's 6th birthday. SIX YEARS of blogging. That's a long time! And it's still just as fun. Six years calls for cake.
 
To be honest I struggled to come up with something to bake, which is usually never a problem for me. Often I have too many ideas floating around in my head, but I've been lacking inspiration lately, and most of all I've been procrastinating everything. And I mean everything.
Anyway, I started thinking of brown butter. I really like brown butter. Why not bake something with it? Ok, I'll bake something with it. That's pretty much how it went down in my head. Because who can sit around and wait for inspiration? I know I can't. I just have to make something and hope it turns out well. And it turned out really, really well I think.
So here's to Call me cupcake and all you lovely people who have followed along on this journey, I hope we get to spend many more years together in this little space I decided to create six years ago.

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June 29, 2015

Strawberry buttermilk pancakes with elderflower and poached rhubarb



I can't believe it's been an entire month since I blogged. Time flies, as they say.
Apparently it's been so long that I completely forgot that my previous post was pancake related as well. I usually try to vary each post a bit more, but one can never have to many great pancake recipes. Right?
It's also a whole month since I travelled to France, and to tell you the truth, I haven't even begun to look at the photos yet. I know that I've been busy this month, but what have I done, really? I can't bring myself to remember. And in a few days I'm leaving for France again.
When I was in France a month ago, the elderflower was already blooming and it was really hot. Looking outside right now, it looks like November. Raining and 14°C. Which also means that the elderflower here has really been struggling to bloom. I don't think I've ever seen it bloom this late, and it's not even quite there yet! So if you live in a country where the elderflower has already bloomed, feel very free to make these pancakes without it as they are so delicious with just strawberries. Incredibly fluffy, light and just perfect!



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