There´s a really nasty flu going around. And around. And around.
So we´ve been sick. Really sick.
Last spring I made spruce syrup which I personally like and would like to use as both a cough syrup and as a general remedy to strengthen the immune system but the kids wont touch it.
The taste of spruce is very distinct and besides I blame it all on Jeppe (and his making fun of me and me-spruce)
I believe in natural remedies. Not for everything- sure we need the doctor at times BUT food is actually one of the most effective ways of giving your body what it needs.
Honey and cinnamon is one of the most efficient combinations in the world. They both have an antibacterial effect on the body, they both strengthens the immune system and stimulate your digestion thus getting the bacteria quicker through your system.
Cinnamonbuns are a traditional treat in Scandinavia. In Sweden they even have a national “cinnamonbun- day”. Kids love these spiral buns so I use them to trick my kids into eating medicine (smiley)
I´m not saying they´re healthy these buns. I just say I´m using them to get a lot of honey and cinnamon into the body.
What you need
* you can make one from sourdough but for this particularly treat I use ordinary yeast. Add plenty of honey to the dough. At least 3 giant spoonfuls. Add also a bit of cardamom.
* Butter, cinnamon, powdered ginger, brown sugar and lemon zest.
What you do
Ok. This is the easiest recipe in the world. Plenty of other methods and more delicate/eloquent cinnamonbuns exists out there- but if you´re sick and not really in the mood for doing a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g this recipe is cool because it´s easy.
The honey in the dough will make it somewhat “chewy”. If you don´t like this you can use the honey in the filling instead (thus making the filling more “sticky”)
Knead your dough thoroughly. You can add whole grain to it if you like. I prefer to use the local millers ecological wheat flour.
Roll it out. Try to make it into a square.
Your butter must be room temperature soft. Smear it out on top of the dough.
The more you use the more rich and sticky the filling. As you can see I didn´t use a lot of butter on this batch.
Now sprinkle your dough with cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar and lemon zest. Again you can make it as strong as you prefer it.
Roll the dough together. Make it real tight. Don´t allow children in your kitchen.
Cut the roll up in chunks.
Place the chunks on a the baking tray. They should look something like this. You might need to adjust their shape a little bit using your hands to flatten them and make them more round.
I whip together an egg, some milk and cover the buns in this to make them look more golden and delicious but you don´t have to.
Allow the buns to raise now. For at least an hour.
As I have woodburning stove I can´t really tell you what temperature to bake at nor for how long. It´s a feeling.
But bake them until they look like below:
You can make more filling (by adding more butter and brown sugar) but knowing the amount of buns my kids will eat tonight I try to regulate it a little.
Give to child.
Child will get better.