Fastelavn (Shrovetide) is right around the corner in Denmark and so this time of year you see these wonderful fresh-baked filled rolls everywhere. I have posted about the Danish Fastelavn tradition before but I think the Fastelavnsboller is totally worth revisiting, especially since they are one of my favorite Danish treats. If your curious to learn more about this fun tradition for the children check out my previous post on Fastelavnsboller here.
These particular Fastelavnsboller are lighter in texture than my previous recipe. The dough is soft and elastic and very easy to work with. Also there is no rolling out the dough. Simply just divide the dough into smaller portions, roll in your hands, then flatten and fill. Easy peasy! I choose to do several different fillings. I made a delicious kagecreme (custard) and I also used seedless raspberry jam and Nutella.
This time though, I had to convert from cake yeast (aka fresh yeast, compressed yeast, bakers yeast) to dry yeast because my good-ol-familiar cake yeast was nowhere to be found in any of the stores around here. Having to work with the unfamiliar dry yeast caused me a little anxiety and I had serious doubts that the dough would rise at all. I went over my conversion again and again and how to handle the dry yeast, but everything went beautifully and the dough rose like a tower. Here is the link to the conversion table which I used.
For Fastelavnsboller dough:
2 deciliter milk (7 ounces)
50 grams cake yeast = 7.25 teaspoon active dry yeast (I used active dry yeast)
50 grams sugar (1.7 or 1 3/4 ounce)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1 deciliter heavy whipping cream (3.3 ounces)
125 grams butter, melted (4.4 or 4 3/8 ounces) or (8.4 tablespoons)
500 grams all-purpose flour (1 pound + 2 ounces) or (4 cups + 2 tablespoons)
1 beaten egg for brushing
seedless raspberry jam, for filling, if using
Nutella, for filling, if using
For Kagecreme (custard), for filling, if using:
1 deciliter heavy whipping creme (3.3 ounces) or (0.4 cup)
1 1/2 deciliter milk (5 ounces) or (0.6 cup)
50 grams sugar (1.7 or 1 3/4 ounce)
2 whole eggs
1 vanilla bean
2 tablespoon cornstarch
For the Icing:
1 cup confectioners sugar
food color, if desired
Heat the milk to between 100-110 degrees F (37-43 degrees C) and sprinkle active dry yeast over the warm milk, let sit for 10 minutes. I do this in the bowl of my stand mixer. Melt butter and add cream to butter, set aside. To the yeast mixture add sugar, salt, cardamom, vanilla sugar and butter/cream mixture. With the dough hook in place start mixing on medium-low adding the flour in increments. Mix until a ball of dough forms. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and place bowl in a warm draft free area. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour or until double in size.
Meanwhile make the Kagecreme (custard), if using. Mix together the creme and milk, pour into a saucepan, holding back 1/4 cup of the liquid. Add the cornstarch to the 1/4 cup liquid and stir to combine, set aside. Add sugar, eggs, seeds from vanilla bean + vanilla bean pods. Over medium low heat, whisking frequently, add the remaining 1/4 cup cornstarch liquid mixture. Continue to whisk until liquid starts to thicken and simmer. Remove from heat, discard vanilla bean pods and place in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the custard to prevent skin from forming. Place in refrigerator to cool
Back to the dough. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Beat egg for the egg wash and set aside. Pour dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Briefly knead the dough. Cut the dough into 12 equal portions. Using your hands, roll first piece of dough into a ball, place on work surface and flatten with the palm of your hand spreading it into a 5 inch (13 centimeter) circle. Place filling of your choice onto circle of dough. Brush the edge of circle with egg wash to act as a glue. Fold four edges up to the center and press to seal all edges, letting the air inside escape. Brush a little more egg wash over the seam, turn the dough ball over, tuck under all edges and place on baking sheet with seam side down. Repeat with remaining dough pieces.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Allow filled dough balls to rise on the baking sheets, covered with clean tea towels, for 30 minutes. Right before baking, brush dough balls with remaining egg wash. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the icing, mix together confectioners sugar with a little warm water at the time, stirring until smooth. Glaze should be somewhat thick but spreadable. Add food color if desired. Enjoy!
Source: adapted from Maden I Mit Liv