Saffron Knots

Saffron Knots

Created on 2018-12-17

Adapted from Safranknuter med smør og vaniljefyll by Kristine Ilstad @ Det søte liv (2018-12-18)

Ingredients


750 g all purpose flour
270 g butter
195 g sugar
25 g fresh yeast or half of sacket of dry yeast
5 dl milk I used whole milk, but any milk should work.
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
0.4 g saffron There's no real taste replacement here. If you can't afford saffron, these knots will still taste good (but different) using cinnamon or some other spice.

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Directions


  • 5 dl milk | I used whole milk, but any milk should work.
  • 150 g butter
  • 120 g sugar
  • 0.4 g saffron | There's no real taste replacement here. If you can't afford saffron, these knots will still taste good (but different) using cinnamon or some other spice.

heat:

Add milk, butter and sugar to a saucepan, and bring to a boil while stirring. When the sugar is dissolved, the butter melted and the milk boils, take the saucepan of the heat. Add the saffon, stir, and let the mixture cool.


  • 25 g fresh yeast | or half of sacket of dry yeast
  • 750 g all purpose flour

Mix:

When the milk mix has cooled down a bit, pour it into the kitchen machine bowl (or a large bowl). Add the yeast when the milk is around 37 degrees Celsius. Then add most of the flour, and mix with the dough hook (or your hands). The dough should not be sticky, so add more flour if needed. Continue kneading the dough for a few minutes when it's not sticky anymore. Then take the dough out of the kitchen machine bowl, and put it somewhere to rest.


  • 120 g butter

Soften butter:

Use the microwave to soften the butter. Be careful not to melt it. About 10 seconds should be enough.


  • 75 g sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

Mix buttercream:

Meanwhile, create the filling with the kitchen machine. Whisk together the softened butter with sugar. Then mix in the vanilla extract.


Spread the filling:

Cut the dough into two pieces. Roll out half of it into a rectangle that is a little under half a centimeter thick. Use a spatula or spoon to spread half of the buttercream onto half of the rectangle, dividing along the longest side. Then fold the other half of the dough over the half with buttercream.


Shape into knots:

Cut the dough along its short side, into about 8 strips. Take one strip at a time, and twist it. Then make a knot of it. One way to make a knot is by creating a loop with the middle of the strip. Cross the ends of the strip and push them through the loop. Put the shaped knots onto sheets of baking paper to rest. Make sure to have some distance between the knots, as they will expand both while proofing and in the oven.


Repeat and let proof:

Take the other half of your dough, and flatten, fill and shape it as you did with the first half. Then let the knots proof for about 45 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius (not using convection).


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk

Brush on eggwash:

Mix together one egg with a splash of milk. Brush a thin layer onto the knots. You will probably have some eggwash left over.


Bake:

Bake the knots in the center of the oven until they are golden with a bit brown on the top. This should take about 12 minutes.