Introduction: William Edward “Bill” Nicholson OBE (26 January 1919 – 23 October 2004) player, coach, manager and scout who had a 36-year association with Spurs.
He joined the Spurs ground staff in 1936 and signed as a professional there when he was eighteen. Then he joined the Durham Light infantry at the outbreak of the second world war becoming a Sergeant Instructor where he learned training and man management techniques. He returned to Tottenham Hotspur in 1946 to play 314 games and scoring six goals. He was a key part of the “push and run” team that won the 1950-51 league championship.
He managed Tottenham Hotspur from 1958 to 1974, leading them to the first League/FA cup double of the twentieth century in 59/60, the first British team to win the European Cup in 1963, winning the first all London FA Cup final against Chelsea, the League Cup again in 1971 and 73 and UEFA Cup in 1972. Does this make him the most important figure in Spurs history?
And so to the recipe… There are two ways of preparing these buns, the American way is to put them directly onto the baking sheet, the Swedish way is to put them into bun cases on the baking tray. You can choose case/no case. It’s up to you but this is mostly the Swedish approach.
Preparation time: 30 mins
Rising time: 90 mins
Cooking time: 6-8 mins
Home kit: large mixing bowl, cling film, baking sheet, tea towel
Away kit: Cake stand
Serves: a kickball team
- one sachet of dried yeast
- 175g butter (75g for the dough, 100g for the filling)
- 250ml milk
- 150g granulated sugar (50g for the dough, 100g for the filling and a bit extra for sprinkling)
- a pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 500g flour
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Some water
Method: the oven needs pre-heating in extra time
Put the yeast in a bowl and stir in a few tablespoons of milk. Melt 75g of butter and pour in the milk, now add 50g of the granulated sugar, salt, cardamom and flour. Knead the dough for 10-15mins. Cover the bowl with cling film and let the dough rise at room temperature for half an hour.
Roll out the dough to about 3mm thick and 30cm wide. Spread the rest of the room-temperature butter on top. Make a mixture of the rest of the sugar and the cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough.
Roll the dough lengthwise to make a Swiss roll affair, cut the roll into about 25 slices. Place them with the cut edge facing up into bun cases on the baking sheet and let them rise under a tea towel for about an hour or until the buns have doubled in size.
Extra time: preheat the oven to 250oC
Beat together the egg and 2 tablespoons of water, brush the mixture carefully over the buns and sprinkle sugar on top to finish.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 6-8mins. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Full time results
Arrange on cake stand and scoff with afternoon tea or coffee at half time.