"This is one of the very first things that I baked with my mother whilst stood on a chair, propped up against the work surface"
You will need:
For the dough
800g of bread flour
300g of melted butter
300ml of lukewarm milk
100g of fresh yeast
4 tbsp of golden syrup
3 tsp of Ground cardamon (or crush it yourself in a pestle and mortar)
For the filling
250g of butter
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
250g of light brown caster sugar
Cinnamon (there is no specific amount)
200g of grated marzipan
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c
2 eggs for the egg wash and pearl sugar if you can get it, or use flaked almonds for texture.
Firstly heat the milk in a pan until lukewarm, add the melted butter and ensuring that both ingredients are luke warm (blood temperature) add the yeast and golden syrup and allow to activate for five minutes.
In a large mixing bowl add the flour and cardamon and mix in the yeast mixture in slowly as well as the two eggs. Mix by hand until the dough is fully incorporated then on a floured surface knead the dough for at least ten minutes. Place back into the bowl, cover with a cloth and leave it in a warm place for an hour.
For the filling mix the sugar, butter and vanilla until very soft.
When the dough has risen, knock it back (punch the air out) and divide the dough into two. On a floured surface roll out the first half of the dough into a rough rectangle roughly 1/2 cm thick, spread half of the sweetened butter over the dough and dust the dough all over with cinnamon powder, be liberal! Top the dough with half the grated marzipan, spread all over the dough. Roll the dough into a large sausage, rolling from one side to the other. Using a bread knife slice the dough sausage into rounds roughly an inch and a half thick, place each bun into a muffin case and allow to rise again for half an hour.
Repeat this process with the second half of the dough. When the buns have risen for the second time, brush with egg wash and either top with pearl sugar or flaked almonds, bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.