This Swedish treat, usually enjoyed during lent, is a wonderful cardamom bun filled with marzipan and whipped cream!
These are good … these are so good that King Adolf Frederick of Sweden was said to have died on February 12th, 1771 after having eaten 14 of them at one sitting!
Now, if this isn’t making you want to try them, I don’t know what will!
Let’s get started, it’s a big recipe
What you’ll need:
- 5 cups of flour (+ 1 cup later)
- 2 eggs
- 1 package of yeast
- 1 tsp of ground cardamom
- 1 1/2 cup milk (warm) (+ approximately 1/2 cup later)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 5 oz marzipan (we’ll show you how to make it later on if you can’t find it)
- confectioner’s sugar for dusting
Add milk to saucepan on low heat
Heat to between 70F – 80F
Pour milk into large mixing bowl
Melt the butter and add
Add the eggs and whisk together
Sprinkle the yeast over top
Let yeast sit for about 5 min
Sift the sugar and cardamom with 5 cups of flour
Add to the egg mixture and mix well
Once done, cover and let it sit for 30 minutes
After 30 minutes uncover and add 1 cup of flour sifted with the baking powder
Knead the dough!
Get a couple of greased baking sheets. Roll the dough into small balls, enough to make approximately 16 buns. Big or small, you decide!
We did a mix of both
Cover and let them rise for about 40 minutes (should just about double in size)
Once done, place in a 375F oven for 10-15 minutes
Take them out once they’re golden …
Place the buns on a wire rack to cool. We want them room temperature for the next step
In the meantime, let’s make some marzipan!
You’ll need some ground almonds (about a cup), another cup of confectioner’s sugar, a teaspoon of corn syrup, 1/2 tsp water and almond extract!
Sift the almonds and sugar together in a medium sized bowl
Add 1/4 tsp of almond extract to corn syrup and add it to the mixing bowl
Add the water and start to combine by hand. If the marzipan isn’t forming together, add another 1/2 tsp of water. You should end up with a firm dough
Now you want to take each bun and slice off the top about half an inch
Hollow out each bun, putting the scooped out bits in a bowl
Add 5 oz of marzipan to the bowl and milk to soften. Mix until you have a texture slightly like a pudding
Look like this? Good!
Fill each bun with your marzipan filling
Cover with generous amounts of whipped cream!
Put the tops back on … almost done!
Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar!
Semlor! Try not to die eating 14 of them …
Some Swedes like to have a Semla bun in a bowl with warm milk poured over top … I don’t do it, but you might like it!