How to Make Cardamom Buns - The Perfect Recipe

How to Make Cardamom Buns - The Perfect Recipe

At Hidden Curiosities, our passion for flavour extends beyond our exceptional gin; we love exploring every carefully-chosen botanical, unravelling the secrets of each one.  

One that holds a special place in our hearts, (and our gin) is the distinctive cool and aromatic green cardamom. As a key architect of the intricate flavour profile of Hidden Curiosities Gin, cardamom imparts a herbaceous, citrusy embrace quite unlike anything else. It's this love for cardamom that led us to embark on a different kind of adventure - baking!

Hidden Curiosities Gin Cardamom

This cold January weather calls for comfort food, more particularly, some warm baked goods. Hidden Curiosities gin creator Jenny, fuelled by a profound appreciation for cardamom, decided to explore its aromatic potential beyond the distillery. She took to her kitchen to bake Swedish-style cardamom buns, and after a few attempts, perfected the recipe to deliciously fragrant effect. As each slightly tweaked recipe got better and better, she now thinks it might be ready for the world.

If you're in search of something that marries aromatic luxury with a soft, indulgent texture, look no further than these perfect Cardamom Buns. Let's dive into the method:



For the Dough:

Approx. 30 green cardamom pods (use less or more to taste)
150ml milk
100ml double cream
1 tsp real vanilla extract
75g unsalted butter
250g strong white bread flour
200g plain flour
1 tsp salt 
30g caster sugar
9g fast-action yeast
1 egg, beaten

For the Filling:

100g unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp plain flour
Approx. 10 cardamom pods (use less or more to taste)
1 tsp ground sweet cinnamon (optional but recommended)
50g golden caster sugar
50g caster sugar
A good pinch of salt (Jenny recommends a little more to complement the sweetness)

To Finish:

1 egg, beaten
Pearl Sugar



Prepare the Cardamom:

Husk the cardamom pods and grind the cardamom seeds finely in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder. A few coarser bits add character to the buns.

How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns Recipe - Green Cardamom

Making the Dough:

Heat up the milk and cream in a pan, then add the ground cardamom, vanilla and butter. Stir until the butter melts then take it off the heat and let it cool down (ideally to around body temperature - 37C).

While you wait for this to cool, measure out and whisk together the flours, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Then add the wet mixture and combine until well mixed.

Add the beaten egg and mix until a soft, coherent dough forms. It should be slightly sticky but manageable. Lay it out on a floured surface and keep kneading until smooth. You will want to knead the dough for a while until the form of the dough changes to a rubber-like texture - this is an enriched bread dough after all.

Place it back in the bowl and cover with cling film, then leave to prove for at least an hour (ideally in a warm environment to help the dough rise).

How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns Recipe Dough
Making the Filling:
While the dough is proving, now is the perfect time to make the filling. Beat the butter, cardamom, cinnamon, sugar and salt together to form a paste. Then line two baking trays with baking parchment.
How to make the perfect cardamom buns recipe


After an hour or so, the dough should hopefully have at least doubled in size... 

How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns Recipe

Roll and Fill:

Lay out the dough on a floured surface and roll it out into an approx. 50cm x 30cm rectangle. Spread the filling over the surface using a silicone spatula or palette knife.

How to make cardamom buns - perfect recipe

Shaping the Buns:
Fold the dough into thirds as if folding a letter. The top third down, then the bottom third up, so you end up with three layers of dough - dough, filling, dough, filling, dough.
Roll out again, then divide and cut the dough into 12 strips. Then, cut the strips in half widthways, but not all the way to the end - leave a couple of centimetres of dough at the top (so they look like long pairs of trousers - see image below). 
How to make cardamom buns - roll out dough cut into trousers
Now for the fiddly bit. Get a strip and twist the legs together like plaits, wind each plait into a coil, then tuck the end into the middle from the top, so you end up with what looks like a knot. It gets better with practice - I promise!
How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns

Second Proving:
Arrange the buns on lined trays, spaced out. Cover with a clean tea towel and let them rise for at least 30 minutes. During that time preheat the oven to 180C (or 200C if it's not fan assisted). 
How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns

Brush the buns with beaten egg and sprinkle on a decoration of pearl sugar. Bake for 15-18 minutes, swapping trays halfway through for even cooking. Once done they should be a nice golden brown colour. Leave to cool on a wire rack. 
How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns Recipe

Serve and Enjoy:
Indulge in the heavenly aroma and delightful taste of your freshly baked cardamom buns. Share these treats with friends and family, and savour the joy of creating a perfect batch of these aromatic little luxuries. Perfect for breakfast with a strong black coffee, or a mid-morning snack with some green tea (as I like to do). 
How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns Recipe
Perfect Texture:
The inside should be fluffy, moist, chewy and soft with the fragrant taste and smell of cardamom - delicious. It should have the elasticity of bread with richness from the cream and butter.
How to Make the Perfect Cardamom Buns - Recipe


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