Gooey Blueberry Cinnamon Buns

Have I got the recipe for you… These oozing blueberry cinnamon buns are moist and gooey, perfect for a little sweet treat during the holidays. I wanted to make buns stacked in an oven dish and not too many of them, so I think this recipe calls for the perfect amount. I basically used a normal cinnamon bun recipe but added a little extra by filling it with a berry glaze alongside the cinnamon sugar mixture.

While the buns were cooking in the oven, I was walking our dog and kid-you-not, there was the most wonderful smell lingering in the hallway of our apartment before I stepped back inside. I wanted to share this recipe with you as fast as possible, so you can bake this on Christmas morning if you love to start the day with something sweet.  My husband who does not have a major sweet tooth, loved this dish, so will be making it much more gladly than traditional cinnamon rolls. This little festive treat made to be eaten with woolen socks on, under the blanket with the fire roaring in the background. We ate the remaining of the buns last night while watching Home Alone 2, all cozy in our living room.

Bun Ingredients: (serves 1 baked tray)

  • 2.5dl whole milk warm
  • 75g dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1dl sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cardamum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • About 7dl flour
  • 75g melted butter

Bun Filling

  • 50g butter
  • ½ dl brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup Blueberry filling (see recipe below)

 

Blueberry filling

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries of any kind (I used blueberries)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoon honey to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • Dash of vanilla extract

Blueberry Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon of blueberry filling

 

Blueberry filling Directions

In a small saucepan, add the blueberries and bring to a gentle boil. Let them soften a bit and add in the remaining ingredients. After a few minutes of gently simmering, puree into a desired smoothness with a hand-held blender. I left some chunks to add a bit of texture. Bring back to gentle simmer and let the filling thicken. Leave to side to cool.

Blueberry Glaze Directions

Make a traditional frosting by mixing together powdered sugar and a bit of milk. Use a lot more sugar (1/2 cup) than milk (1-2 teaspoons) for a thick glaze. Take a tablespoon of the blueberry filling and mix it into the glaze so it turns it a wonderful purple color.

 

Directions for Buns (1 ½ hour) 23cm x 12cm bread tin

In a large bowl, add the dry yeast to the warm milk and allow it to dissolve by stirring. Mix in the egg, sugar, cardamum and salt. Slowly, pour in the flour kneading it along the way. Add in the melted butter in the end. The dough is supposed to be soft so that you can just remove it from your fingers and so it does not stick to the bowl. Allow the dough to rest (under a kitchen towel in a warm spot) for 20minutes.

Meanwhile the dough is resting, make the blueberry filling and allow it to cool.

Knead the dough on a flat surface. Spread some flour on the surface so the dough does not stick to it. Roll out the dough into a rectangle so it is thin enough to roll it later. Then spread the softened butter all over along with a dusting of brown sugar. Spread the blueberry filling mainly in the center of the dough so it is easier to roll. Then roll the dough, it does not matter if it does not look perfect. Make sure the seam is on the bottom so it is easier to cut. Cut into enough pieces that fit our baking tray.  I used a smaller bread tin that was 6cm in height so I cut roughly the same length rolls. Butter your bread/cake tin and place the rolls “standing up” alongside each other, all along the tin. Place the kitchen towel on top and let them rest for 15 minutes before baking.

Add little knobs of butter on top of each roll and a sprinkling of brown sugar. Bake in the oven at 225 Celsius degrees for 8-10 minutes so they are crispy on top but soft on the inside.

Eat either straight from the oven or let them cool. Pour the blueberry glaze on top before serving.

Butter-eyed Buns & Gentle Pinks

The weekend is here and with the chilly temperatures and gentle snowflakes falling into the ground, all I want to do is stay indoors under a warm black, light some candles and sip on numerous cups of delicious tea. And what is best accompanied by some tea? A little sweet bun that screams of comfort! My hubby and I spent yesterday in Tallinn for a little Valentines Day getaway and came back home really late, so today it’s all about a cozy friday in.

Get your blankets and books out! Home made butter-eyed buns (voisilmä pulla) are a finnish sort of “buttery bun” that are devilishly good with an eruption of butter and sugar oozing from the center. The more sugar and butter you put in the middle of each bun, the better they become. This cardamom infused bun makes a lovely simple weekend treat if your sugar craving is kicking in. Ps. Despite it being full on winter outside, my mind has transitioned to spring already and I’m loving the sunnier longer days. I’m all about the gentle pale colours from dove greys to pink cablis and ready for delicate spring flowers.

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Traditonal Butter-eyed Buns

ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 dl milk
  • 10g yeast
  • 1 egg (+1 extra for brushing)
  • 0,5 sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 200g all-purpose flour
  • 30g butter (room temperature)

Filling

  • 6 tablespoons cold butter (or 6 cubes)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling on top

Directions

In a large bowl, mix the crumbled yeast into warm milk. Add sugar, egg, the spices and part of the flour. Mix into a smooth dough. Add the rest of the flour a little at a time while kneading the dough until it easily comes off from the side of the bowl. Mix in the butter. Double the dough in size by leaving it to rest in a warm place with kitchen towel on top of it.

Knead the dough (may need flour for this) and form 6 buns out of it. Place the buns onto a baking tray with parchment paper underneath. Let them rest and raise some more.

Poke a dent with your finger into the middle of each bun. Brush the buns with the remaining of the egg. Into each dent, add some butter (about 1 teaspoon), sugar (1/2 teaspoon) and flour (1/2 teaspoon). Sprinkle some coarse sugar on top of each bun.

Bake the buns in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes.

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