Cooking Made Easy: Kanelbullar

You might or might not know that as a part of my studies at university I also had some Swedish language, literature and culture classes. Even though it was one of the hardest languages I learnt so far, I really enjoy being able to understand this cute tongue by now. When it comes to culture I think Sweden is a really interesting country and this love goes far beyond Ikea and H&M. Last month I've been attending the midsummer feast organised by my university, enjoying delicious Swedish food and singing funny songs together. And talking about Swedish food you will of course not get around Kanelbullar, the Swedish cinnamon buns. When it comes to pastry I have the feeling that the differences between various countries can be huge and I especially noticed that when it comes to cinnamon buns. Here in Luxembourg we have our own version, too but it looks and tastes really differently from the Swedish Kanelbullar (for example we add raisins to ours). And as I definitely prefer the Swedish version I simply had to try the recipe for myself. I was surprised by how easy it was to make the cinnamon buns (normally I'm super bad at anything that has got to do with dough and I had never worked with yeast before!). So here we go with a recipe for all pastry and Sweden lovers:

Ingredients (for 30 cinnamon buns):

for the dough:
150g butter
500ml milk
50g yeast
150g sugar
1 tsp salt
1000g flour

for the filling:
75g butter
100g sugar
1tbsp cinnamon
1 egg


1. Melt the butter in a cooking pan and add the milk. Heat it up and dissolve the yeast.
2. Put the liquid in large bowl and add the flour, sugar and salt. Knead until you have a smooth dough.
3. Cover the dough with a towel and put it aside for 30-40 minutes.
4. Divide the dough into 3 or 4 parts and roll them on a floured work space. Try to get the dough square and quite thin.
5. Grease the squares with the butter which should be at room temperature and generously sprinkle them with the sugar and cinnamon.
6. Roll up the dough squares and cut them in 3 cm thick slices. Put them on your baking sheet and let them rise for another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 250°C.
7. Coat the buns with the beaten egg and sprinkle them with some more sugar.
8. Depending on how thick your buns are they will need to bake for about 10-15 minutes so keep an eye on them.
9. Let them cool under a towel.
10. Enjoy!

My Kanelbullar may not be the prettiest but at least they tasted good. I've been wanting to try them at home for ages and I'm glad that I finally got the opportunity because as I said it was way easier making them than I had thought (even though you will need to bring some time). Have you been able to try Swedish Kanelbullar or do you prefer another dish from up north?


  1. I have never tried kanelbullar but it certainly looks good!

  2. Oh wow these look so delicious and seem pretty simple to make! They look amazing!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  3. Das sieht mega gut aus! Jetzt wächst meine Lust wieder nach Stockholm zu fliegen. Es soll da ja auch ziemlich coole Streetstyles geben ;).


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