Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cardamom-Lime Sweet Rolls

I have been meaning to make this for weeks and just now got around to doing it. Boy am I glad I did!!!! You know the cardamom buns I swooned over in Stockholm? These are pretty close! The lime flavor is subtle so it doesn't take over from the cardamom (which I increased a bit), but if you want it to be truly fika-worthy you could skip the lime altogether. I kind of like it with the lime though, especially in the glaze. I was worried about how they would turn out because when I put them in the oven, the rolls looked tiny and weren't even close to touching each other. When I pulled them out of the oven, they were beautiful and delicious. I will definitely make these again.

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Cardamom-Lime Sweet Rolls
Cooking Light, January 2008

Dough:
1 package dry yeast -- (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water -- (100° to 110°)
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter -- melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg -- lightly beaten
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour -- (about 10 1/2 ounces) divided
Cooking spray

Filling:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom -- (1/2 to 3/4)
2 tablespoons butter -- melted, divided

Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1. To prepare dough, dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

2. Combine sour cream and next 5 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl, stirring until well blended. Gradually stir yeast mixture into sour cream mixture. Lightly spoon 2 1/3 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups flour to sour cream mixture, stirring to form a soft dough.

3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly tacky).

4. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.)

5. To prepare filling, combine brown sugar, rind, and cardamom. Divide dough into two equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time, roll dough into a 12 x 10–inch rectangle; brush with 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle half of filling over dough. Beginning with a long side, roll up jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll). Repeat procedure with remaining dough, 1 tablespoon butter, and filling. Cut each roll into 12 (1-inch) slices. Place slices, cut sides up, in a 13 x 9–inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

6. Preheat oven to 350°.

7. Uncover dough. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan 5 minutes on a wire rack.

8. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls.

Yield: 24 rolls

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