Monday, December 5, 2016

Swedish Saffron Buns

Oh how lovely to see you enjoyed my premier My Rose Valley video about making Swedish Saffron Buns. THANK YOU for all your fabulous feed back. It makes me so happy that the message of warmth and joy came through those blurry takes and cuts. It is a forever treasured memory in my heart.

Today is going to be a busy day, but before I run off to work and duties I'll share my recipe of making these wonderful Saffron Buns. Happy baking! 

Swedish Saffron Buns
(About 30 buns)

175 g (6oz) unsalted butter
5 dl (2 cups) milk
50 g (1 3/4 oz) fresh yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 dl (3/4 cup) sugar
1 g ground saffron
1 egg, beaten (optional)
1-1 1/2 liters (6 1/2 cups) all-purpous flour

For baking and garnish:
Wax paper and baking trays
1 egg, beaten, for brushing
A handful of raisins for decoration or pearled sugar

1. Mix a tablespoon of sugar with your saffron strands and grind together in a mortar.

2. Melt butter, add milk and heat to 37˚C (98˚F).

3. Crumble yeast into some of the milk mixture and stir until dissolved.

4. Add remaining liquid, salt, sugar, saffron & sugar mix from mortar and the beaten egg (optional).

5. Add flour until dough comes off the edges of the bowl.
Knead dough gently before leaving it in a floured/buttered bowl.
TIPS! I stir in flour with a baking spoon at first until dough is starting to form, then I knead it lightly. Do not over knead the dough! Just a few turns is enough to settle it into a nice ball.
Dough shouldn't be dry, more on the sticky wet side for best result.

6. Sprinkle dough with flour, cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size for 30 - 45 minutes.

7. Tip dough out on your baking table. Don't knead the dough.
Cut pieces directly from your risen dough to form into Saffron Buns.
See my Swedish Saffron Buns video for how to create the traditional shape.
Place on baking trays.
Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

8. Preheat oven to 225˚C (425˚F).
Brush buns with beaten egg, garnish with raisins or pearled sugar.
Bake buns for 5-10 minutes in the middle of your oven.
Let cool before serving.

Bon Appetit!



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Sunday, December 4, 2016

My Rose Valley presents...

... a special treat today. A video. Yep. We played around a bit with the camera this weekend while having some Christmas fun. Jay sat down to do some editing, wanting to make a short movie and BOOM! A cute little homey video was born. And maybe it wasn't really a BOOM... It took some time, sweat and tears before figuring out how to make a short film. But gosh how fun it was! Learning something new and seeing how boring clips comes together in harmony. It is a bit shaky, blurry and out of control but I LOVE IT just like that! Let me present my very first My Rose Valley video about making Swedish Saffron Buns. Hope you will enjoy.


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Second Of Advent

Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. All of November I let it brew inside my head, waiting with anticipation for the First Of Advent to arrive, the start of the big Christmas countdown. And still, every year, I feel like once it all starts I just don't have enough time... Anyone who can agree with that? Four weeks of preparation is just not enough. Because there are so many things I want to do and make, see and enjoy. Maybe, just maybe, the First Of Advent is a little teeny weeny bit too late...

So far I have brought down all my Christmas boxes from the attic and this year it is so much easier for me to decorate as I made a great effort to Organize My Christmas Clean Up from last year. I highly recommend you do the same when the time comes. It will save you some tantrums and headaches, exciting kids ripping all boxes open and spreading EVERYTHING around in a chaotic mess. Saying that, I still got three boxes to go. But I'm not fussed.

The Christmas countdown is about enjoying being together, not stress around like a headless chicken and beating myself up for not making it all happen at once. Although that has taken me many years of practice to realize and I'm still working on it. 

So part from my occasional stressing around (!!! Yes I'm still doing it... I'm sooo NOT perfect...) this week I had moments of joy, love and laughter. Like when making saffron buns with Emmy. Having Christmas dinner with some girlfriends and laughing myself tickled pink. Peeping through lit windows when the dark falls. Listening to the school choir by the Christmas tree in the village. Making some handmade Christmas gifts on a quiet afternoon before kids rumbles in through the door. Watching the movie Elf and having tea and ginger cookies. Opening the first of many doors in the advent calendar. And lighting two candles in the advents chandelier for the Second Of Advent of course. That is almost the best part.

What was your best part of the week?


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