Finland: Korvapuustit / Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

Plain flour – 900g

Dried yeast – 3 packs/50g fresh

Granulated sugar – 200g

Dark brown sugar –100g

Crystal sugar

Eggs – 2

Butter – 300g

Milk – ½ litre

Cinnamon – 2tbsp

Ground Cardamom – 1tbsp

Salt –  2tsp

Large mixing bowl / Wooden spoon / Large baking tray lined with parchment / Heatproof jug / Knife / Rolling pin / Brush

I thought it appropriate to start with Finland as my housemate Jasminia is from Helsinki.

1. Heat the milk until warm and pour into a large mixing bowl.

2. Add the dried yeast and whisk.

3. Add the salt, granulated sugar, 50g of dark brown sugar, cardamom and whisk.

4. Slowly drop in 1 egg.

5. Slowly whisk in the flour. This will take some time as the mixture will become very thick so use your hands. When the mixture becomes sticky add more flour, especially on your hands.

6. Heat 200g of butter and pour over the mixture, rub in with your hands.

7. Leave in a warm place covered over with a tea towel for half an hour.

8. Split the dough in half, setting the other aside.

9. Roll the dough into a large flat square.

10. Melt the remaining 100g butter and brush evenly over the square.

11. Sprinkle 50g of dark brown sugar

12. Sprinkle the cinnamon (if you like your cinnamon strong, add more!)

13. Roll up from the bottom keeping it tight.

14. Using a knife slice diagonally across in sections around 2 inches apart.

15. Spread across a baking tray leaving plenty of room in between. Leave to rise until the rolls have doubled in size.

16. Repeat points 9-15 using the other half of the dough.

17. Using your thumb press down on each roll so the sides/ears* pop out.

18. Crack the egg into a cup and brush over each roll.

19. Sprinkle the crystal sugar over the tops.

20. Put in the oven for ten minutes until golden brown.

They smell delicious! Cinnamon rolls are great to eat for breakfast and are a great accompaniment to coffee and afternoon tea…..

History: Korvapuustit is a Finnish term for twisting of the ear*. You can actually see the resemblance, just practice holding a roll up to your friends ear whilst giving it a good twist…

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