Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mustikkapiiraat (Finnish blueberry-filled breakfast buns) with vanilla glaze

Mustikkapiiraat (Finnish blueberry-filled buns) with vanilla glaze

It’s September. School’s started. The pools are closing. Leaves lose their chlorophyll. Starbucks whips out the pumpkin spice syrup. The weather gets cooler. All of those things are of varying degrees of importance, and all of them signify that yeah, the lazy days of summer and excessive air-conditioning are over. Pumpkin season is coming—and for many, it’s already arrived.

But what a more depressing sign of the impending cold seasons than to go blueberry picking and find that, alas, the pickin’s are sparser than your aunt’s bikini, and yes I’m sorry for that simile but I just got back from English class.  

That is exactly what happened the other day when we returned home with dreary faces and an ominous half-bucket of sad little berries. I knew that I would soon have to put those little guys out of their misery and bake them into something warm and cozy, perfect for a cold fall day oh fuck I can’t do this. I can’t. I’m sorry. Lemme tell you, there’s a reason seasonal affective disorder’s acronym is SAD.

scumbag brain meme: knows christmas is coming / feels sad anyway
Goddamn scumbag brain. source

And you know what else there is to feel depressed about? Goddamn pumpkin spice everything. Pumpkin spice is great, but sometimes we just take it too far, you know?

durex limited edition pumpkin spice condom
Fuck this I'm out. source

But we can try. We can hang onto the last hurrahs of summer through these mediocre blueberries nestled in their far-from-mediocre bready bun. We can fulfill our desire for homey Finnish baked goods, with their cardamom and dried fruit and mild sweetness and ever-so-buttery texture. We can dive into these pillows of soft, yeasty bread and drown our fears with the alcohol fermenting in our stomachs. 

Finnish blueberry-filled buns with vanilla glaze
Well that escalated quickly.

Through this, we shall conquer our sads.

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Mustikkapiiraat (Finnish blueberry-filled buns) with vanilla glaze

Adapted from Melanger Baking

Ingredients

Dough

7 grams • active dry yeast • ¼ ounce

60 grams • water between 105 and 115 degrees F • ¼ cup

122 grams • lukewarm nondairy milk • ½ cup

67 grams • granulated sugar • 1/3 cup

64 grams • silken tofu, blended until smooth • ¼ cup

1 gram • ground cardamom • ½ teaspoon

40 grams • raisins • ¼ cup

3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon

56 grams • coconut oil, softened • ¼ cup        

312 grams • all-purpose flour • 2 ½ cups

Filling

450 grams • fresh blueberries • 2 cups

8 grams • cornstarch • 1 tablespoon

25 grams • granulated sugar • 2 tablespoons

To brush on top

30 grams • nondairy milk • 2 tablespoons

40 grams • maple syrup • 2 tablespoons

Glaze

125 grams • powdered sugar • 1 cup

15 grams • nondairy milk • 1 tablespoon

4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon

Instructions

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, dissolve yeast in water; then add milk. Let stand for five minutes. Add sugar, tofu, cardamom, raisins, and salt. Add in softened coconut oil and 125 grams / 1 cup of the flour. Beat until smooth and satiny. Gradually add the rest of the flour and mix until the dough is smooth once again, but not quite stiff enough to knead.

Place in a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

In the meantime, combine ingredients under “filling” in one bowl and the ingredients under “to brush on top” in another. You can mash the blueberries if you want. Also line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lightly dust a work surface and turn out dough. Knead in a bit more flour if necessary. Divide dough into 12 pieces and roll into round, smooth balls. Place on baking sheet. Let rise until puffy, about 45 minutes to one hour.  Use this time to preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Once risen, flour the bottom of a drinking glass and press into the top of each round ball. Spoon filling into the center of each bun. Brush each bun with a bit of the milk / maple syrup mixture.

Bake buns for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes before eating. If desired, you can top the buns with vanilla glaze. To make glaze, simply whisk all ingredients together until combined.
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Mustikkapiiraat (Finnish blueberry-filled breakfast buns) with vanilla glaze
Please excuse my inability to white balance.

As you can see, it is very traditional for Finnish baked goods to highlight cardamom as a flavoring agent, similar to the vegan pulla I made a while back. It really grows on you. I wasn’t always a fan of cardamom, but after all of this bready goodness you can count me as a convert.

Also: note that you might want to mash the blueberries before baking. This might help them coagulate into more of a pie-esque filling rather than simply being individual roasted blueberries, which are tasty but not as filling-y as I would prefer.

Does that make sense? I don’t know. Maybe.

In other news: my 75th post! Damn, that’s a lot of blogging. Thanks for sticking with me; y’all break my heart!

Mustikkapiiraat (Finnish blueberry-filled breakfast buns) with vanilla glaze
Touching, innit?

10 comments:

  1. Well dang, I think Finland knows what's up, because this bread looks ah-mazing. Suck it, pumpkin spice, it's still blueberry time!

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    1. Thanks! i agree, it is one good bread :)

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  2. Oh my goodness this looks delicious!!! That vanilla glaze is killing me!

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  3. I am clinging onto Summer for my dear life as well - you're not alone! Today I made a fruit-filled cake in the early hours before going to work, smothered it with chocolate frosting, and ta-dah! Dessert was ready!

    In Norway, we use cardamom for a lot of sweet baked good too, but only in small doses, it adds this lovely fragrant...something to it! (Sorry, I have not just come back from English class and am thus short of big adjectives). I wish you were as keen on Norwegian pastries and cakes as you are with the Finnish, but I am also glad to be introduced to these delicious little things, the Finns seem to know what they are doing :)

    I hope you've had a good kick-start to your week :) x

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    1. Ooh fruit with chocolate cake sounds amazing! And you're right, it would be cool to try some Norwegian goodies in the near future. Same region, I can't imagine the desserts are *too* different...and it's tough finding Finnish recipes online anyway, Norway might be a bit easier. Anyway you have a great week too! :D

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  4. Oh, man! Those looks simply wonderful! You've not just baked it, but made it really pretty. Bookmarking this!

    Zsu @ Zsu's Vegan Pantry

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm always working on my photography, glad to hear you like it :)

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  5. I heard rumors about the pumpkin spice condoms...but I didn't think they really existed! Yikes. Better not tell the.boy about them or he'll think they're a good idea...

    I love that you're keeping blueberries alive in danish form! Yum.

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    1. LOL yah that would not have been a great idea! And thanks, glad you like the buns! :)

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