St._Nicholas, is the patron saint of Children and mariners and he has become synonymous with Christmas. His saints day is December 6th and what better way to celebrate than with these delicious buns, hot and steamy out of the oven for breakfast. In our family we also celebrate by baking our
Christmas Cookies on this day.
St. Nicholas Buns
1 recipe Basic_Rich Yeast Dough *
Whole berry cranberry sauce
Egg wash – (1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water)
Raw, Turbinado or Demerrara sugar
Small sprigs of fresh evergreen
Small candy canes
Follow the directions for rich yeast dough. After the second rising, pinch off chunks of dough and form into balls about two inches in diameter. Allow them to relax for about ten minutes, then flatten them into disks that are about half an inch thick. Make them a bit thinner, (about one-quarter inch thick) around the edge.
Paint the outer edge lightly with the egg wash.
Place a teaspoon full of cranberry sauce in the center of each disk of dough being careful not to get any on the outer edge or you will not be able to seal the buns closed.
Gather up the outer edge of dough and pinch it together to seal in the cranberry sauce.
Turn the buns over so that the pinched side is down and place on a baking sheet lined with baker's parchment. Paint the buns with egg wash and sprinkle lightly with raw sugar. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, clip a small cross in the top of each bun.
Set them aside until they have risen to almost double in bulk. This will take between thirty minutes and an hour depending on the weather. When ready, bake in a preheated, 350°F - (180°C or Gas mark 4) for twenty-five to thirty minutes, or until golden brown.
As soon as the buns come out of the oven, paint them liberally with baker’s syrup. Allow to cool a bit. When ready to present, gently shove a small, washed and dried sprig of evergreen and a candy cane into the center of each bun. These make a great breakfast treat for a special occasion during the holiday season. We always have them for breakfast or brunch on Saint Nicholas Day.
* This amount of dough will make about 20 to 24 buns. If you do not want that many buns, make as many buns as you wish and form the remaining dough into a loaf of bread.