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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
1 hr 6 mins
Kanelbullar are traditional little Swedish buns that are topped with softened butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Scandinavian, Swedish, Vegetarian
Servings: 25 buns
Author: Vera Abitbol
For the buns
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • ½ cup sugar
  • cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 6 cups flour
For the filling
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the icing
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons pearl sugar
  1. Mix baking powder with flour.
  2. Dissolve instant dry yeast with a few tablespoons of milk in a small bowl.
  3. Melt butter and pour in the milk.
  4. Add all the other ingredients and knead the dough for about 10-15 minutes (important).
  5. Cover dough with a cloth and let it rise for about 45 minutes in a dry place, away from drafts.
  6. Combine all ingredients for the filling (butter, sugar and cinnamon) in a food processor and mix to obtain a very smooth cream.
  7. Roll the dough over ⅛ inch (3 mm) thick and 12 inches (30 cm) wide. Spread the cream on the entire surface.

  8. Roll dough the lengthwise so that it forms a long roll, then cut into 25 slices.
  9. Place on a baking sheet or in medium size paper containers.
  10. Cover the buns and let them rise again for about an hour (or until small buns have doubled in size) in a dry place away from drafts.
  11. Preheat convection oven to 450 F / 230 C.

  12. Beat the egg and water and brush the buns with the mixture.
  13. Sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  14. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes then let cool on a wire rack before serving.