“One more cinnamon bun, please!” is the only thing I can say in Swedish. The best reason to visit Scandinavia, if you ask me.
I fell in love with Sweden through music, history, and gastronomy. Not to mention it is one of the most humane countries I had a chance to visit. My often visits to Stockholm happen due to a passionate and curious palate of mine as well as due to interesting philosophical discussions on the North.
When I announce that I am going to spend a couple of days in Sweden, everyone is saying – Oh, work again? That’s the moment when I smile and say – no, it is kanelbullar. Of course, usually, it is work what gets me to get through all the paperwork I need to travel, but the anticipation of getting my taste buds satisfied makes me patient and willing to go through all sorts of bureaucratic procedures in order to get to my destination.
There is this fantastic bakery in Gamla Stan area in Stockholm called Fabrique. I have never tasted anything as delicious and it is a true challenge to try to get the same taste by making these buns at home. It takes some patience, but the results are magnificent.
Not all my travels result with obsessions concerning food, but the kanelbullar became part of my genetic code. I wish I was exaggerating because often times I’d sit on a plane just for the purpose of eating a native cinnamon pastry. I swear to God, every moment I would see a bakery, I would enter and buy them. I couldn’t and didn’t want to hold back. I am weak and they are addictive. Mystery solved.
Cinnamon buns à la Swedes have a touch of cardamom that made me fall in love with them through the first bite. You already know that nobody loves cardamom as much as I do. They are easy to make and twisting and turning the dough can be a rather therapeutic process.
I will share with you a video in which you can see a twisting part. It is much easier to understand the technique if you have an opportunity to see how it is done. It will save me from unnecessary writing as well.
Perfect for any occasion, for any part of the day, a simple piece of bread that will make your life wonderful. I promise.