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Overnight Spiced Stollen Swirl Buns
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

These tender, chewy buns are ideal for Christmas morning, but are equally fantastic on a chilly weekend morning. I find them to be just sweet enough, brimming with cardamom and spice, with a toothsome crust and a pillowy, stretchy center. I made my buns with candied ginger in place of the candied orange peel, but added grated orange zest for brightness and fragrance. 

Though the texture is best with the overnight rise, you can skip this step and do the second rise just after shaping the dough and then bake them right away. Buns should be enjoyed warm. They'll keep well for a day, though they're at their best the same day they're baked. 

Recipe excerpted from The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day. Copyright © 2017 by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque. Published by Penguin, an imprint of Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Makes: 12 servings
Author: Aimée Wimbush-Bourque
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons candied orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided
  • 3/4 cup raw cane sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds*
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until scalded, then cool to wrist warm or around 110 degrees F. Pour into a medium bowl and whisk in the yeast. Beat in 1/2 cup of the flour, then cover the bowl with a tea towel and let stand in a warm place while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In the same saucepan, combine dried cranberries, candied orange peel and rum. Warm gently, then turn off heat and let soak.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of the soft butter with 1/2 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the salt and cardamom. Tip in the yeast sponge and add 1/2 cup of the flour. Mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
  4. Switch to the dough hook and add the remaining 2 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing on low speed until a soft dough forms. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Remove the dough hook, cover the dough with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  5. On a lightly floured counter, roll out dough to a 12 x 16-inch rectangle. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup soft butter in an even layer over the dough, going right to the edges. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with cinnamon and allspice, then sprinkle evenly over the butter. Evenly scatter slivered almonds and soaked fruit over the buttered dough. Starting from a short end, tightly roll the dough into a log. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 buns, each 1-inch thick. Gently reshape them into rounds if they get overly squashed.
  6. Butter two 13 x 18-inch rimmed baking sheets. Place 6 buns on each sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. In the morning, allow buns to rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. You can do this step in the oven, with the oven turned off but the oven light turned on. If you do this, make sure to remove them before preheating the oven.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and position oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Remove plastic wrap and bake buns for 22 to 24 minutes, rotating once, until golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

*I omitted the almonds because I have a nut allergy.