Speculoos (Cookie Butter) & Pear Buns

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Speculoos is a spiced cookie that it is usually eaten around December here. It is delicious and luckily it also comes in butter form. I really felt like baking last week so I thought of making a different version of the traditional Swedish buns. So I just filled these with cookie butter, pears and then sprinkled some pistachios on top. A delicious fall/winter treat!

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This recipe makes 24 small buns.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 ½ cups of All-purpose flour

7gr dry yeast

½ cup of warm water

½ cup of milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the filling:

10 tablespoons of speculoos

3 pears, grated & squeezed (use the ones that are better for cooking like Bosc)

For the egg wash:

2 eggs

2 tablespoon of water

Extras:

1/3 cup of chopped pistachios

 

Place the yeast and the warm water in the bowl of the stand mixer. Let it stand for 5 minutes.

Place the remaining ingredients for the dough in the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil.  Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover it with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Once the hour has passed, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut a large piece of plastic wrap, enough to cover the baking tray and brush it with vegetable oil to prevent it from sticking to the buns later on.

Place the dough in your lightly floured working area. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.

Microwave the Speculoos for 30 seconds so it is easier to spread. Have the grated and squeezed pears ready.

Roll out one piece into a rectangle of about 30x23cm. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut out the uneven edges.

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Spread evenly half of the cookie butter all over the dough, you can leave a little space on the edges. Sprinkle half of the grated pears.

Grab the top 2 edges of the dough and fold it towards you. Roll it a bit with the rolling pin just to seal it. Then slice it into 12 pieces. Grab one piece and twist it. Then wrap it around your finger making two rounds and then make a knot, tucking one end through the middle. Don’t worry if they are not perfect. They will look better once baked. Repeat for the remaining pieces and the other half of the dough.

Place the buns on the prepared baking tray, bush them with some egg wash (then keep the egg wash in the fridge because you are going to use it again). Cover the buns with the previously oiled piece of plastic wrap.

Let them rise in a warm place for 1 hour.  About 15 minutes before the time is up, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Once the hour is up, remove the plastic wrap and brush them again with the egg wash. Sprinkle some pistachios on top of each bun. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

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