Monday, February 15, 2010

Shrove Tuesday Buns - Blue Monday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These these lovely cream filled buns were once associated with the Lenten season in Scandinavia. They were prepared on Shrove Tuesday to use up stores of butter, cream and sugar that could not be eaten during the days of fast and abstinence that led up to Easter Sunday. While religious affiliations in the region have changed, they are still called Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday Buns. The buns are now enjoyed at any time, but they were once made only on the day before Ash Wednesday. That day was called Shrove Tuesday because those whose confessions were heard on this day were called shrove, or shriven of sin. The buns are a real delicacy and I think everyone will enjoy them. A simple sweet dough is shaped into rolls and baked. Once they're done they can be filled in many ways. Some simply hinge the roll, insert a piece of almond paste into it and top it with whipped cream. Others remove the top of the roll, scoop out the innards and mix the bread crumbs with ground nuts to form a poor man's almond paste. Either way, the buns are delicious and they are not hard to do. While everything can be prepared ahead of time, it's best not to fill these until you're ready to serve them. They can get soggy. Here's the recipe.

Shrove Tuesday Buns...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Kathy Cutler

Ingredients:

Buns
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup milk
6 tablespoons butter
1 egg
Filling
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
3/4 cup confectioners" sugar + additional sugar for dusting
1 cup light cream or half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Directions:
1) Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, yeast and cardamom in a mixing bowl. Whisk well.
2) Place milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat until butter is melted. Let cool to 120 degrees.
3) Add milk to flour mixture. Mix well. Add egg and about 1 cup of remaining flour to make a soft dough.
4) Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
5) Punch dough down. Shape dough into a 12-inch rope. Cut rope into 12 1-inch pieces.
Form pieces into round buns. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place buns on baking sheet. Lightly cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
6) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
7) Bake buns for until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
8) Slice top off each bun. Reserve tops. Scoop out center of rolls, leaving a shell about 1/4-inch thick, with a fork or grapefruit spoon.
9) Place crumbs, nuts and confectioners' sugar in bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles corn meal. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add light cream and vanilla. Mix well.
10) Spoon filling into buns. Top each with a heaping spoonful of whipped cream. Put tops back on and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 Buns.

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This post is being linked to:

Smiling Sally - Blue Monday
Wild Yeast - Yeast Spotting

45 comments:

Allie and Pattie said...

Mary, I had a friend many years ago whose mother always made a version of these! I've done it many years as a remembrance. Lovely post!
xoxo Pattie

Debinhawaii said...

So pretty and they look delicious!

zurin said...

so deliciously filled and a beautiful golden glaze. Ill hvae to try this recipe.m bookmarking tq Mary....a very interesting story to teh buns too!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Delicious days are here sweety-have got 3 awards lined for u my sweet happy pal,do stop by and pic 'em up coz they are topped with loads of love,yeah valemtines=love@365......

Hope u love 'em as muc as i do!!!!!

And these buns are real fantastic.....

Martha said...

Ah, Shrove Tuesday -- it's pancake day on the prairie (they'll show the results of the Liberal, Kansas/Olney, England pancake race) -- our church does a pancake dinner as a fundraiser every year. Pancakes being fixed to use up the same stores that these delicious looking buns use. I've never heard of them but they look delicious!

taste traveller said...

Shrove Tuesday - Yum! Over here we have the Berliners - jelly-filled donuts (I wrote about them a while ago here. Have a wonderful Mardi Gras!

Maggie B said...

Hi Mary,
I haven't heard of these buns before, in the UK we always have simple pancakes with lemon juice & sugar on Shrove Tuesday. My other half always insists on keeping that tradition alive even here in France.
Thanks for commenting on my Chocolate Valentines post yesterday.
~Maggie~

George Gaston said...

Mary, what a terrific way to start Lent. These look like a winner!

Many thanks...

SmilingSally said...

Oh Mary, this is truly my weakness; I'd love them enough to eat into Wednesday! Happy Blue Monday!

chubskulit said...

Looks inviting!

Pre-Valentine Date

Becky K. said...

We will celebrate with Fastnauts. A potato doughnut made here in PA.

I will have to show my daughter your recipe. She has taken up baking to an extreme....

I am just back from a very cold walk with the dogs and am enjoying the Blue Monday list!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Bellini Valli said...

Shrove Tuesday has always been Pancake Day for me..celebrated and enjoyed since childhood. Of course I wouldn't object one bit to adding some buns.

gengen said...

Oh that is yummy...Happy blue Monday.

Kim said...

They look perfectly golden and delicious.

LV said...

I can finally get back by your wonderful kitchen for something hot to eat. Been without power. I wonder how we made do years ago. Now we are spoiled. Wish I had one of your goodies.

Claudia said...

Loving this tradition- although sated from valentine's Day. What gorgeous, creamy wonderful buns! The photos are inviting me in.

jeanne said...

Hi Mary, I woke up this morning and had nothing to to but play on my computer. I am loving it!!!

These look like cream puffs in a way but I know they are not at all like them. The cream filled gem is calling my name. I love the history about them too. One of the best part of your blog is to read the history of your recipes.

My shoulder MRI appt. was canceled. Snow, snow, snow! It does look beautiful though. All sparkly and fresh.

Have a great day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Lady Katherine said...

I loved the information along with the wonderful picture and recipe. They sound wonderful. Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me! I love your lovely comments!

The Blonde Duck said...

This is the only thing I've ever wanted at this moment.

noble pig said...

Oh my gosh it's already tomorrow, how many more celebrations/festivities are we to have this week, LOL.

bj said...

Not only are they delightful to look at, they sound DELICIOUS.

Marice said...

awww i will defnitely try that! for sure my little one will enjoy it :) thanks for sharing Mary!

u may view mine here

daylily777 said...

They look delish !
Happy Blue Monday !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Elisa, Croatia said...

I agree with Jeanne, I'm enjoying the tid-bits of history behind the recipes!
yummy!!

♥ Kathy said...

Looks delicious and nice blue plate :) Happy Blue Monday

Bridgett said...

These are so pretty and they look divine!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Yur little buns are gorgeous Mary. So much more sophisticated than the usual pancakes for Strove Tuesday.
Sam

xinex said...

Yummy! You always post the best looking food and recipes, Mary....Christine

DailyChef said...

Love the mini-history lesson, but I think I'll love the taste of these in my mouth more. :)

Carol said...

Oh, yummmm! Have a wonderful week!

Lori said...

I bet these are delicious. They kind of remind me of my favorite kind of donut, probably WAY better too.

Juliana said...

Mary, these buns look so yummie, so fluffy...delicious!

Chef Aimee said...

Oh wow...I love how there is cardamom in the bun dough!

Pam said...

I've never had these before but I KNOW I would love them. You are such an amazing baker Mary.

Helene said...

They are beautiful. I would have more than one for sure.

Anonymous said...

Pretty nice blog you've got here. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything connected to this matter. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Truly yours

Barbara said...

I'd love to make these! Yummee. And they look gorgeous on your lovely blue plate.
Pancakes and buns are big today!
I'm printing this recipe now!

Lynda said...

These look almost too pretty to eat-almost! They sound delicious and I loved the history associated with them. Thanks Mary.

The Blonde Duck said...

Queen Bitty is rather terrifying...

The Chef In My Head said...

Mary, I love your blog, I always learn something new! These are so pretty, I'm going to take your word for it that these are easy, wish me luck!! ~LeslieMichele

Katy ~ said...

I always wondered what Shrove Tuesday meant, knew it had some sort of religious significance but that was all. Thank you so much for the explanation; that was interesting to me. Now I'm going to go and talk it up, grins.

And the Shrove Tuesday Buns look and sound delicious! Cream and nut filled, oh yes!

My Little Space said...

The buns look terrific! Hmmm...mm...

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Mary~ These look so tempting. I could easily consume a few of these, lol.
I've made something similar in Hawaiian and brioche rolls. Hopefully I can get to posting it....someday.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

langmina said...

Delicious!

kookospalm said...

lovely! we eat these buns every year, we buy them from food markets or bake ourselves. I baked them yesterday. cardamom is very important ingredient. estonians prefer these buns with just whipped cream, but I fill them with marzipan, mixed with crumbs and a drop of milk. you can fill them with raspberry jam or mix whipped cream with fresh raspberries. these buns are probably the best thing to wait for every winter. also sleighing, pea or bean soup with pig feet are our traditions on shrove tuesday.

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