Food Friday: Swedish cinnamon buns

October 5, 2012

in Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Stockholm's food,Sweden,Swedish cultural behavior,Swedish food

stockholm bakery

Buying cinnamon rolls at Gunnarsons on Södermalm. The editor in me can't resist pointing out that the sign spells kanelbullar with an extra L!

Swedish kanelbullar

Kanelbullar or cinnamon rolls.

Meatballs are the food that most of the world associates with Sweden. But after living here, I would have to say that  kannelbullar – otherwise known as cinnamon rolls to most of us – are even more pervasive in daily life. Kanelbullar are an institution in Sweden. In fact, they are so important that they have their own day – it was yesterday – October 4th. Every bakery and grocery store has to have them, even 7-11 has pretty decent ones.

When I turned on the news yesterday morning, the first segment I saw was of a Swedish chef baking kanelbullar. And when I stopped at a bakery to get some, they had a display devoted to the buns in the window. By the way, kanelbullar are yeast rolls and are flavored not only with cinnamon, but also with cardamom. The buns are topped with pearl sugar – large grains of sugar that look like sea salt. Here’s a basic recipe from Stockholm food blogger Anne. By the way, Demerara and turbinado sugar are both often referred to as “raw sugar” in the United States. Another recipe note: proof = rise.

Last week’s Food Friday was Swedish meatballs.

kanelbullar display in Stockholm

The kanelbullar display at Gunnarsons.


1 Kezia October 5, 2012 at 16:27

Yum! Love cinnamon pastries! The Swedish coffee shop near my office—Konditori—sells kanelbulle for $3.25.

2 Arina George October 5, 2012 at 16:35

Lovely recipe! Thanks for sharing this easy-looking recipe. I MIGHT try it sometime soon.

3 Sandra October 5, 2012 at 16:48

I thought of you when I wrote about the kannelbullar, Kezia. I know you leave them. By the way, Konditori means patisserie or tearoom in Swedish. You will have to take me there sometime.

4 Sandra October 5, 2012 at 16:50

Thanks for reading my blog Arina. You will have to let me know if you try the recipe.

5 Kezia October 5, 2012 at 18:38

You bet, Sandy! BTW, the Swedish owner put his definition of konditori on the website. Similar to what you say, but he focuses it more on the fika tradition and the fine coffee he imports. He is definitely creating his niche 🙂

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