Great day of prayers and warm buns

May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today is “store bededag”, a Danish holiday that translates to something like Great Day of Prayers. Back in 1686 they decided to celebrate all the saints in one day, so the people would have to work more and have less holidays. Not very nice and I´m actually not that keen on history. But I do love food and it´s tradition to eat “varme hveder” (=warm wheat buns) the night before the holiday. So today I baked the loveliest “varme hveder” ever and my bet is that they´re probably equally delicious any other day of the year, so here´s the recipe:

20 buns:

2 1/2 dl. tepid milk (1 cup)

2 1/2 dl. tepid water (1 cup)

20 g. fresh yeast

2 eggs

15 g. sea salt

50 g. honey

5 cardamom pods

1 kg. wheat flour

40 g. salted butter

Mix milk and water with yeast and add eggs. Roast the cardamom pods on a hot pan. Open the pods, take out the seeds and grind with a pestle and mortar. Mix in the ground cardamom, salt and honey with the other ingredients and add the flour. Finally you add the soft butter and mix till the dough is nice and smooth.

Leave to rise for 2 hours. Make 20 buns and put them close together but without actually touching in a baking tray. Leave to rise for another 2 hours and then bake 12-15  minutes at 220 C (428 Fahrenheit). You can eat them as they are steaming hot but in Denmark it´s traditon to cut them in half and bake in the oven for another 6-8 minutes. I eat them with strawberry jam or honey but the list of what is good with hot buns is endless.

As you can see, if you´re counting, I made only half the recipe today but thought I´d leave you with the original full recipe and thereby a fuller stomach:-)

Here you go, lovely “varme hveder”…ENJOY!!

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