semlas

Pastel Semlas

¼ cup coconut oil, melted (or about 75g local organic butter/vegan butter, melted)
1 cup oat milk
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cardamom
½ cup xylitol or erythritol
1 cup almond flour
1 cup rice flour
½ cup psyllium husk powder
1 local organic free-range egg (or 3 tbsp chia ½ cup water)

Preheat the oven to 200 C / 400 F degrees. Mix the melted oil (or butter) with the oat milk. Add in the rest of the ingredients. If using chia-water mixture, let it thicken to gel for about 10 minutes before adding). Stir well and leave to thicken for 20 minutes. Now the dough should be easily moldable so you can create round buns from it. Add a bit of rice flour, if needed. Form 8 small buns and place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until slightly golden. Let cool completely before cutting in half.

Fill with almond paste and coconut whipped cream (colored with pink pitaya powder or beet powder and/or turmeric).

 

Coconut Whipped Cream

2 can full-fat coconut milk (keep in the fridge)
1 tbsp coconut syrup (or for example maple syrup)
½ tsp vanilla powder

Take the coconut milk cans from the fridge and scoop out the white thick paste into a bowl. Add syrup and vanilla. Whip until fluffy. If the mixture gets too warm and runny, keep it in a fridge for a while so that it gets as thick as normal whipped cream. Use as a filling in semlas with almond paste.

 

Almond Paste

1 cup almond meal
3-5 tbsp coconut syrup or maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla powder or seeds from half vanilla bean

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon. The dough should be easily moldable, like playdough, not too dry or crumbly. Add more syrup or almond meal if needed. Roll the dough into a pole (about 5 cm / 2 inches thick) and roll it inside a parchment paper or plastic wrap. Put it in the fridge and leave to thicken for at least 1 hour, or overnight. Cut the pole into 1 cm/½ inch thick slices. Use slices inside semlas with coconut whipped cream.

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