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An old Norwegian tradition is to eat these cream filled buns in the "fast" period. Religion plays less of a part for the fastelavnsbuns nowadays, and we use the holiday simply as an excuse to bake these tasty treats!

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  • 250-300 g plain flour (start with 250, then add more if the dough is too sticky)
  • 50 g sugar
  • 75 g flora light
  • 150 ml milk (I used semi-skimmed)
  • 25 g fresh yeast (or a sachet of dry yeast, not many shops in the UK sell it dry, I found some in a Polish shop!)
  • 1/4 tsp hornsalt or heartshorn/ammonion bicarbonate (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • Filling:
  • Strawberry jam
  • Whipped cream
  • Topping:
  • Sift a little bit of icing sugar on top


    1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Melt the butter in a pan and add the milk. It should be body temperature 37°C. Mix the yeast in with about half of the egg mixture.
    3. Make a well in the dry flour mix, and pour the liquid into the centre. Use a wooden spoon to blend it all together and then knead well, adding more flour if necessary. Leave the dough to rise somewhere warm for about 1 hour (I set the bowl in another bowl of hot water and covered it with a kitchen towel.
    4. An hour later and you can roll out the buns. Place them on a baking paper clad baking tray and leave for at least another half hour to rise some more. Make sure you have enough space between them as they will rise quite a bit!
    5. Preheat the oven to 180-200°C. In the meantime, crach an egg into a bowl and top each bun with some of the egg.
    6. Once the oven is hot, pop in the tray (or trays) of buns in the oven and leave to bake for about 12-14 minutes. I left mine in for a few minutes too much, they should have a nice golden colour. Take them out and leave them to cool down for 5-10 minutes.
    7. Cut each bun in half, spread over some jam, top with cream, place the lid over and sprinkle over some icing sugar using a sieve.
    8. Enjoy! At 220 calories each without the filling and topping and about 300 calories with, you can definitely treat yourself!

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