foodie friday: boller (sweet buns)

last thursday was norway’s national day and in lieu of that special day, i made boller – sweet buns. i also added a square of norwegian milk chocolate in the center of each. yum! if i couldn’t see and experience norway on that day, i could at least have a taste. these are quite easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

BOLLER

5 dl milk
100 gr butter
1.5 dl sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 egg
1 tsp cardamom
.5 tsp salt
750 gr white flour (more or less depending on the dough)

melt the butter and milk together until warm to the fingertip. add the sugar and whisk, trying to rid the mixture of the sugar granules.

in a large bowl, mix together the flour and yeast. pour the butter mixture over and add 1 egg. (if you like you could also add raisins at this stage) mix together and knead until the dough is not sticky and keeps it shape. (if you poke it with your fingertip, it should spring back). cover the bowl and let it rise until double, about 30 minutes.

when it has doubled in size, shape the dough into a long “snake.” cut it into ca. 12 pieces, depending on the size you wish. (at this stage i usually add chocolate to the dough). roll the dough lightly in the palm of your hand until it is an even ball. place the buns on a lined baking sheet and let raise again for ca. 45 minutes. (do not skip this step!) when it finishes raising, whisk 1 egg and lightly glaze the dough with the egg.

bake at a preheated oven – 225C for 10-12 minutes. remove immediately from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

perfect with a cup of coffee!

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