These cardamom buns with bourbon glaze combine a fluffy brioche dough, a sweet and floral cardamom filling, and a boozy bourbon glaze. These buns are inspired by the traditional Swedish cardamom roll, but they have a fun Kentucky twist (bourbon).
I love Swedish baked goods. How can you not love a culture that has worked hard to master the art of buns? Cinnamon and cardamom buns both originated in Sweden, and both are some of my favorite pastries. But I have to say that cardamom buns are by far my favorite out of the two. There is just something that feels so special about the floral taste of cardamom. Bourbon is a surprising and wonderful pairing with the cardamom; the sweet vanilla notes are a dream with the cardamom's floral notes.
The dough is a brioche dough that needs two rises, 1 hour followed by 30 minutes after the knots are made. It also uses 1 tablespoon of active yeast, which is a little more than one packet. Using all room temperature ingredients (except the milk, which needs to be around 110 degrees) with help the dough come together and rise effectively.
The knots look sophisticated and complicated, but they are really easy to make. Once you have rolled out your dough and have added the filling, fold one side of the dough 1/3 of the way over the dough and then do the same with the other side. Use your rolling pin and flatten out the dough just a little. Then cut the dough into 2cm strips. Wrap each piece around two of your fingers once to create a roll then loop the remaining length around the top, tucking the end underneath.
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