Maple Pecan Cinnamon Swirls

It’s another snowy, ice rain kind of day here in Ontario. I sure hope Winter will not stick around for too much longer ;))

In Switzerland you will find a pastry called Nusschnecken, a cinnamon bun style pastry filled with ground hazelnuts or almonds and are pretty flat compared to a traditional cinnamon bun. I think this is the first time I’ve tried copying the shape and I really liked how it turned out. Filled with ground pecans, maple syrup, orange zest and a touch of cinnamon-so good!
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Maple Pecan Cinnamon Swirls

Ingredients:

  • 400 g white spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp quick instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 80 g butter, melted (+ 80 g melted butter for brushing dough)
  • 250 ml warm milk

Filling:

  • 300 g ground pecans
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 organic orange, zest only
  • 200 ml milk

-For dough: In a large mixing bowl or your standard mixer, combine flour, salt and yeast, add melted butter, honey and warm milk. Knead to form a soft dough. Cover and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour or double in size.

-For filling: Mix all ingredients together, set aside.

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-On a floured surface roll dough out thinly into a large rectangle. Brush with the melted butter, ( leave some for brushing the swirls before baking). Spread the filling evenly onto dough. Starting from the longer side, roll dough up tightly. Cut into 2 cm thin swirls/buns. Lay onto prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between. Brush with remaining melted butter, let rise another 15 minutes. Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

-I brushed the warm swirls with a maple butter and orange icing. You can use a regular icing if desired (icing sugar and orange juice).

-Makes about 25 swirls.

-Ground hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts can be used instead of pecans.

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Have a wonderful week!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

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Maple Almond Muffins

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

It’s been a kind of a slow week as we were dealing with very cold and stormy weather, which lead to 3 cancelled school days and exams being pushed forward several times. It was a bit of a mess.

These Maple Almond Muffins are our delicious Sunday afternoon treat, using spelt flour and sweetened with maple syrup. It’s yummy and not too sweet.

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Maple Almond Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 175 g butter, melted
  • 180 ml maple syrup
  • 4 eggs, yolk and whites separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 g spelt flour
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

-Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare 10 -12 muffin tins.

-Mix together the butter and maple syrup. Add the egg yolks one at the time, mixing well.

-In a separate bowl whip the egg whites, with the salt and baking powder, until stiff peaks form.

-Add the flour, almonds and egg whites, a little at the time, and carefully mix under the butter mixture. Mix until combined, do not overmix.

-Fill into prepared muffin tins and bake in preheated 375F oven for 10 minutes then set oven to 350F and finish bake another 20 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted comes out clean.

-Let cool completely.
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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Walnut Cookies with Strawberry Filling

Hello my friends! Happy Thursday!

I’ve been baking cookies but they seem to rather disappear quickly…I haven’t made that many varieties yet, the usual ones that have been made for centuries and I always try out some new recipe. I’ve made my Soft Gingerbread Cookies already twice!

A few weeks ago, just as I was getting into the holiday spirit, I had to learn that my dad has cancer. Needless to say I was not in the mood for blogging or anything like that anymore. But it is better to keep busy and I am trying to post regularly again.

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I’ve made these super yummy walnut cookie stars, they are filled with strawberry jam.

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Walnut Cookies with Strawberry Filling

Ingredients:

  • 250 g spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g honey
  • 200 g butter, soft
  • 1 egg
  • 150 g walnuts, finely ground
  • 150 g strawberry jelly

Instructions:

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

-Combine flour and baking powder. Add all other ingredients and mix until well combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

-Roll dough out to about 3 mm thickness, cut out equal amounts of stars with a hole and without.

-Place on prepared baking sheets and bake in a preheated 180 C oven for about 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool completely.

-Spread jam onto stars without a hole and top with a cookie that has a hole.

Tip: You can use unbleached all-purpose flour instead of the spelt flour. Other nuts can be used, like hazelnuts or almonds. Use red currant or raspberry jelly instead.

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Almond Chocolate Cookies

Gingerbread Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches

Gingerbread Brownies

Sweet Domino Stones

Toblerone Tart

 

Happy baking!

Ursula

 

 

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Thurgauer Apfeltorte

Happy weekend everyone!

It has been a busy but wonderful last few weeks, with my mom and stepdad visiting. It was a special gift for my daughter to be here for her high school commencement, which was a lovely evening full of joy, pride and maybe a few happy tears! We were also able to celebrate my moms birthday, this was the first time in 20 years! We just never visited each other during fall. Living so far apart makes it difficult to see each other for every birthday or other celebrations. It was very special and meant a lot to all of us.

The weather was not always so great, lots of rain and chilly winds and this week humid hot days that now turned into a cold and frosty weekend. Over the last two weeks we could really see how the leaves are changing colour and showcasing a beautiful indian summer. IMG_4752

We made this traditional Swiss apple cake, Thurgauer Apfeltorte, which means it is a recipe from the Canton of Thurgau. A simple but very delicious apple cake made with fresh, local apples.

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Thurgauer Apfeltorte

  • 150 g butter, soft
  • 150 ml maple syrup
  • 1 organic lemon, zest and juice
  • pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g spelt flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored, cut in half
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar

 

-Line the bottom of a 24 cm Springform pan with parchment paper, grease and flour the sides. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-Whisk together the butter, maple syrup, half of the lemon juice, lemon zest and salt. Add eggs one at the time, mixing well.

-Peel apples, cut in half, remove core and cut in thinly but not all the way through. Mix with half of the lemon juice and coconut sugar, set aside.

-Add the flour and baking powder and mix until well combined. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with the apples and bake for about 45 minutes or until cake is golden brown and tester comes out clean.

-Let cool completely, dust with some icing sugar if desired.

-Tip: Cane sugar can be used instead of the maple syrup and coconut sugar–

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Visit my Instagram page for more pictures including our trip to Niagara Falls!  littleswisslittlecanadian

 

Enjoy!

Ursula