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November 25, 2017

Fika, one of the greatest traditions ever, literally means “to have coffee.” Fika is usually accompanied by pastries or cake and is a daily celebration in Sweden. I can’t think of anything more festive than coffee + delicious Swedish treats on a cold winter day.

Fika is not just an occasion for coffee, but also an opportunity for pause; to slow down and appreciate life.

 

My favorite Fika treat is Kardemummubullar (cardamom buns). I make these during the holidays, which coincidentally, is the perfect time to slow down and enjoy a Fika.

 

Ingredients:

1 c milk

8 T butter (4 T butter/4 T coconut oil)

2 t yeast

3 c flour

1/4 c granulated sugar

1/2 -1 t cardamom

1/4 t sea salt

Filling:

3 T butter

1/4 c brown sugar

1/4 t cardamom

Glaze:

1 egg

vanilla sugar or pearl sugar (optional)

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan. Cool until just warm to the touch (not hot). Add yeast and stir to combine. Let sit for a few minutes until the yeast is foamy. Add sugar, flour, salt, and cardamom. Mix/knead well to incorporate flour. Transfer to a large bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 45-60 min.

To make the filling, melt butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine.

Pre-heat oven to 425F. Roll the dough out into a rectangle. Spread filling over half the dough, lengthwise, then fold the dough over itself, again lengthwise. Cut into 16-18 strips and roll into buns or twist into a knot (pictured). Cover and allow to rise for 20-30 min.

Just before baking, brush with egg and top with sugar. Bake at 425F for 12-15 min.

Serve with coffee.

 

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