Flower shaped sweet rolls, a great baking recipe in the Chef’s Handyman food blog
HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new culinary expedition around the world has been started.
It’s a tradition in Switzerland to eat the sweet rolls at the 6th of January. When the pastry will be bought in a bakery store, one of the rolls does hide a little plastic king character in the middle. The lucky one, who has taken the right piece will get a golden crown. So a new king is born for one day. Each family member tries to be an expert in finding the right roll. It might be a wise decision to buy more than one of these delicious flower shaped pastries.
Traditionally these rolls do contain raisins, I have substituted raisins for dates and Eastern spices. What a nice new taste! A new twist for a classic pastry!
Flower shaped sweet rolls with dates and Eastern spices, a great recipe in the Chef’s Handyman food blog
To make dough, place flour, sugar and salt in a huge bowl. Melt butter on low heat. Add milk and yeast. Combine all ingredients including egg, 1 tsp. of turmeric, a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of cardamom powder, 1 tbsp. of vanilla sugar and grated lemon rind. Knead well. Cover dough with a humid tea towel and leave for 1.5-2 hours. Allow the dough to double in size. Cut the dates into small cubes. Fold the cubes into the dough and knead well.
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper. Form with one third of the dough one roll and with the remaining dough seven smaller ones. Place the center roll on the middle of the baking sheet. Arrange the rest around the center part. Cover the flower with a humid tea towel. Leave for another 20 minutes.
Apply yolk on top of the buns. Sprinkle with decorating sugar and flaked almonds. Bake in preheated oven at 190°C or 375°F for 22-25 minutes or until golden. Take out and cool.
Shopping list for one flower shaped sweet rolls, about 800-900 g or 25-28 oz.:
Baking Ingredients: 500 g or 16 oz. flour, 100 g or 3.5 oz. sugar, 1 tbsp. yeast, 2 tbsp. decorating sugar
Nuts: 2 tbsp. almond flakes
Dairy Products: 70 g or 2.5 oz. butter, 1 cup milk
Spices: 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 dash cardamom powder, 1 dash cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla sugar
Fruits: 1 lemon, organic, 3-4 dates
Have a great start into the New Year, yours Chef’s Handyman team!
Outlook of the next posts in the Chef’s Handyman food blog: Fruity and fresh, vitamins for the cold season!