When I went back to France for Christmas a month ago, my family asked me to bake some Swedish cinnamon buns. Easy recipe, right? Believe it or not, I had never baked this traditional Swedish pastry before. It was about time!
Baking is really fun for me and I assume it is also for children, so we decided with my boyfriend to bake some cinnamon buns with our nieces, who are 3 and 8 years old. Oh gosh, we had great fun together! While the small one was asking all the time if she could lick the spoon of butter, the bigger one was really focused on brushing the buns with the egg mixture and sprinkle the pearl sugar over the buns.
Then we all sat at the table to have a proper “fika” (Swedish name for tea time) and enjoyed the buns with some tea. The entire house was smelling of cinnamon and my boyfriend’s sister was really happy to rediscover the taste of cinnamon buns, reminiscent of her childhood in the US!
I went back to Sweden after the holidays and baked a second batch so that I could share this traditional Swedish recipe with you. It’s important to mention there are many different cinnamon buns recipes, but this one is VERY easy and the buns are really good. So, have fun baking in the kitchen and enjoy!
- 35g fresh yeast
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1½ cup milk
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp ground cardamom
- 6¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp pearl sugar
- Crumble the yeast in a bowl and stir in a few tbsp of milk. Melt the butter and pour the milk on it. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough for approx. 10-15 minutes (very important). Let the dough rise while covered at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes.
- Roll out the dough so it is about 3mm (1/8 in) thick and 30 cm (12 in) wide. Spread the room temperature butter on top. Make a mixture of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the dough.
- Roll the dough the long way and cut the roll into about 25 slices. Place them with the cut edge upward in paper molds or on a baking sheet directly. Let rise under a cloth for about 60 minutes or until the buns have doubled in size.
- Beat together the egg and water. Brush the mixture carefully over the buns and sprinkle pearl sugar on top. Bake in the oven to 425F for 5-6 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack before serving.