Enough for 12 swirls
What you need:
5 dl cold whole milk
50 g yeast
1 kg plain flour
150 g sugar
15 g salt
10 g cardamom, ground
150 g butter
200 g soft butter
200 g sugar
20 g cinnamon
1 egg, for basting
sugar to sprinkle
How to do it:
Pour the cold milk into a bowl and stir the yeast into it. Add the eggs, flour, sugar, salt and cardamom and knead the dough in a mixer until it is smooth and shiny and lets go of the sides of the bowl. This takes about 15 minutes at a medium speed.
Finely dice the butter, add it to the dough, and knead for another 15 minutes until the dough is quite smooth (the long kneading times are essential for a good result). Cover the dough with a cloth and leave to proof for 90 minutes in a warm place.
Now, beat the dough into a firm piece, wrap in cling film, and leave to cool in the fridge for at least an hour.
While the dough is resting, mix the ingredients for the filling to a uniform mixture.
Sprinkle flour onto a table, and roll out the dough to a rectangle of about 50 x 60 cm. Smear the filling evenly out onto the dough.
Fold a third of the dough to the middle. Then fold the other third over the first section. You now have three layers. Roll out the dough to a rectangle of 30 x 30 cm, and cut it into 12 strips of 30 cm.
Curl each strip by twisting the ends in opposite directions 6-7 times (as demonstrated). Make sure not to squeeze out the filling. Now, wrap the dough twice around your index and middlefinger. Fold the end of the dough over the two folds and place it between your index and middle finger. Pull you fingers away, so the tip of the dough-strip fastens inside the roll.
Set the swirls on baking trays covered with baking paper. Cover with a cloth and leave the swirls to rise in a warm place, until they have doubled in size. Baste with egg and sprinkle with a little sugar. Bake at 200° for approx. 12–14 minutes. Leave to cool before eating.
TIP It is possible to knead the dough by hand: instead of waiting with the butter, add it along with the flour, sugar and other ingredients. Mix the dough in a bowl for a few minutes. Then transfer to the table and continue to mix. The dough can be quite sticky, but do not fall for the temptation to add more flour! The dough will come together eventually. Knead for 3-4 minutes at a time then take a break for 10-15 minutes. Continue until the dough is smooth and elastic.