Overnight Spiced Stollen Swirl Buns
This morning, as I sat down with a notebook and a pen to make a menu plan for the week, I was filled with such a tangible sense of gratitude; how fortunate I was to be able to outline our eats straight through to Boxing Day.
Noah and I donated some time to a local food bank last week, and I saw first-hand what many people in my community will have to eat over the holidays. Not much, I’m afraid. It is a huge privilege to be able to plan party nibbles, brunch baking, and pot-luck dishes. That is not something I take for granted.
We’re having a bit of a quiet, minimalist Christmas this year. No huge parties or multi-course meals are in the plans, and most of our gift shopping was from the World Vision gift catalogue (really the coolest thing). Here and there, we’ve taken small steps to make a positive impact on our global community – something that’s so desperately needed these days. This is the season for giving, after all.
I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for overnight spice swirl buns with you for a while now. I’m not sure how it fits into my feelings of gratitude and gifting today, but perhaps it will inspire you to bake up a tray of buns and share them with someone this holiday season.
All photos by Tim Chin.
When Danny and I were newly married, we didn’t have much money for Christmas presents, so we made homemade treats as gifts for our loved ones. One year, we worked side by side late into the night to produce a dozen large stollen loaves straight out of Joy of Cooking. We coated those beauties in powdered sugar, wrapped them in cellophane, gifted them far and wide—and then never made the recipe again.
In recent years, I’ve revisited the comforts of stollen over the winter holidays, but in swirl bun form. I created a lightly spiced dough, studded with dried cranberries, rum and a hint of candied orange peel. I rolled it up with sugar and spice, scattered slivered almonds and baked them up into soft round buns that are reminiscent to the Joy of Cooking’s stollen, but very much unique.
These swirl buns are heavenly on Christmas morning or any winter morning, for that matter. I first shared this recipe in my recent cookbook – but in the spirit of giving, decided you should have it for your holiday baking plans.
I’ve developed these to be overnight rolls, which is ideal for Christmas morning or New Year’s Day. It’s my Christmas Eve tradition to shape the buns with Clara helping out. She loves to sprinkle the spiced sugar over the rolled out dough and scatter the dried fruits all around.
Of course you can always do the second rise after the shaping and bake them right away, skipping the overnight rise. Just be sure to enjoy them warm from the oven with plenty of coffee.
Pair these swirl buns with a citrus salad for a festive holiday brunch. With my Citrus Salad with Honey-Cinnamon Syrup, three varieties of orange, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon tease the palate in a refreshing, tangy-sweet way. This Citrus and Pomegranate Salad with Vanilla Syrup is slightly sweeter but bursting with flavour. Both salads are seasonal and absolutely simple to make.
Overnight Spiced Stollen Swirl Buns Print Author: Aimee Cook time: 22 mins Total time: 22 mins Serves/Yield: 12 buns A recipe from The Simple Bites Kitchen cookbook. Ingredients
- ⅔ cup 2% milk
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons candied orange peel
- 1 tablespoon rum
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened, divided
- ¾ cup raw cane sugar, divided
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
In case you needed further convincing…
Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper made these swirl buns and said: “Lightly sweet, and with a beautiful, stretchy crumb, I may not wait until Christmas morning to make them again.”
Janice of Kitchen Heals Soul also made the recipe and had this to say: “I’d never thought to turn (stollen) dough into swirly buns. Genius! And the bonus is that you can make them ahead and bake them Christmas morning.”
My swirl buns are also in the National Post this week >> Cook this: Overnight spiced stollen swirl buns from the Simple Bites Kitchen.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friends.
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