Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lussekatter {Spice It Up!}


My Spice It Up! kiddos made this saffron-scented Swedish bread. I made the dough the night before class; they rolled them out. They did a great job.


Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 C organic whole milk
  • 1 t saffron threads
  • 2 t + 1/2 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1 T active dry yeast
  • 7 C white whole wheat flour
  • seeds from 6 cardamom pods, ground
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1/2 C organic sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 C golden raisins

Procedure
In a medium pot, heat the milk, saffron, and 2 t of sugar together until the milk is steamy. Remove from heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Let cool until warm to the touch. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm saffron-infused milk and let bloom for 5-10 minutes until frothy and foamy.


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 6 C of the flour, remaining 1/2 C of sugar, and ground cardamom.

Make a well in the center of the flour and add the yeast-milk-saffron mixture, eggs, butter, and sour cream. Mix the ingredients until well incorporated.
  
Knead the dough, adding additional flour until the dough is still a little sticky to the touch, but does not completely stick to your hands when you handle it. Mix in the raisins.


Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large, oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. At this point I put it in the fridge overnight. Let the dough come to room temperature. Then place it in a warm place for 1-2 hours, until the dough has doubled in size.

When the dough has doubled in size, break off pieces and form into balls. This is where the kids took over.

Roll the ball out into a snake, then curl the ends in opposite directions, forming an 's' with spirals at each end.

Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in a warm spot until the dough shapes double in size, 30 minutes to an hour. I only had 30 minutes with my class, but it rose beautifully.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place in the oven and cook for about 11-12 minutes - until the buns are golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before eating.

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