Vegan friendly flower shaped sweet buns with a breeze of lemon, a great baking recipe published in the Chef’s Handyman food blog
Happy New Year! All the best for 2015!
Tradition is like home. It feels cozy and reminds on the childhood. It became more than tradition to bake flower shaped buns in January. This year a vegan friendly version was already in the making and my family could test the new flavor. The breeze of lemon taste was a success. They loved the freshness.
It’s a tradition in Switzerland to eat the sweet buns at the 6th of January. When the bread will be bought in a bakery store, then one of the buns does hide a little plastic king character in the middle. The lucky one, who has taken the right bun, will get a golden crown as well. So, a king will be born for just one day! It’s always a fun to eat these rolls. There will be no way to see which one does contain the king. Each family member tries to be an expert in finding the right bun. Everyone wants to be the king therefore it might be wise to buy more than one of these delicious flower shaped buns.
Flower shaped sweet buns with crystallized lemon rind and lemon zest, a great recipe in the Chef’s Handyman food blog
To make dough, place flour, sugar and salt in a huge bowl. Melt margarine on low heat. Add soy milk and yeast. Combine all ingredients including crystallized lemon and lemon zest and a half of banana. Knead well. Cover dough with a humid tea towel and leave for 1.5-2 hours. Allow the dough to double in size.
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 a mixture of soy milk and agave syrup 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. When lukewarm apply agave syrup on top.
Shopping list for one flower shaped sweet buns, 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. plant based margarine, 1 cup soy milk (2 dl or 7 fl. oz.)
Spices: 1 tsp. salt
Fruits: 1 organic lemon, 50 g or 1.5 oz. crystallized lemon rind, 1 small banana or one half
Bon appetite, yours Chef’s Handyman team!