Swedish Cinnamon Buns

I haven't any idea why these are called Swedish, but I thought they were fun because they are a yeast bread made in muffin tins with paper muffin liners...never have done that before. There aren't any raisins in these cinnamon buns either, so if you want to add them, sprinkle them over the brown sugar before you roll up the dough. Making any kind of bread from scratch always looks like such an effort, but it isn't, really. Just takes a bit more wait time in the kitchen. Your dough hook on a stand mixer does all the work. 

These aren't as decadent as Ina's sticky buns (which have the advantage of being quicker to make, albeit hideously fattening), but more like breakfast rolls without all the gooey topping. They sure were fabulous hot from the oven. Just add a bit of butter. Yum. 

Is there anything better than the fragrance of fresh rolls or bread in the oven?

Swedish Cinnamon Buns
From Cakelets and Doilies

1 1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
50 g (about 3.5 tablespoons) butter, roughly chopped
3 1/2 cups flour
1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 egg, beaten lightly

75 g (about 5.25 tablespoons) butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten lightly
Pearl sugar to sprinkle Or use silvered almonds 

Put the milk and ground cardamon in a small saucepan and bring to just below the boil. Take off the heat, stir in the butter and leave to infuse until the milk mixture is just warm (about 100 degrees F).
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with hook attachment. Add warm milk mixture and egg to flour mixture. Knead on low speed until you get a smooth pliable tacky dough, about 10 minutes. The dough is ready when it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Resist adding more flour to the mixture. The dough is very sticky.

Lightly grease your hands, and shape the dough into a ball. Place the dough in a lightly greased mixing bowl, and cover with a tea towel. Let the dough rise at room temperature until doubled in size. Depending on the temperature of your room, it can take anything between 30 mins to 1 hour. Press the dough gently with a fingertip. If the indentation remains, the dough is ready for the next step.

Meanwhile, make filling:
Melt butter and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine dark brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
When the dough is ready, deflate the dough, cover with cling wrap and let rest for 5 minutes.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle roughly 24 by 10 inches. Generously brush melted butter over the dough. Sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the dough, from the longer side, tightly. Place it on its seam. Cut and discard the ends. Cut roll into 12 equal slices.
Line standard cupcake/muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. Place rolls in paper liners. Cover loosely with a tea towel. Let the dough proof for the second time until double in size, about 30 mins to 1 hour. Press the dough gently with a fingertip. If the indentation remains, the dough is ready for baking.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. While waiting for the oven to heat up, brush top of each roll lightly with the beaten egg and sprinkle over silvered almonds. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes a dozen.


  1. I know somebody who would love these for breakfast tomorrow...

  2. You make them sound so easy and they are beautiful!

  3. They are so beautifully done, Barbara. I would love one for the breakfast.

  4. You wondered why Swedish? I think that cinnamon buns flavored with cardamom really are a tradition in Sweden. On our trip to Norway last summer we were served buns like that, and they were said to be Swedish. The Swedish members of the ship's staff seemed to think so. I'm sure those would be delicious.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Very interesting about the cardamom, Mae. Thanks for the information!

  5. Hi Barbara:)
    I'm inclined to agree with Mae on the reasoning. It seems it may be a cardamon thing, lol...Whatever the reason, I like the notion of putting them in muffin tins. However, you know me and my yeastaphobia, lol...I'm saving them anyway you just never know when I may try to over come it!

    I do remember those Ina buns too. Thanks for sharing, Barbara...

  6. Delicious looking buns! I love the addition of cardamom.



  7. I am dying to wake up to one of these!

  8. I want to make some right now! They look like the perfect breakfast treat, Barbara. I love the cute little brioche-like hat they're wearing :)

  9. What a great idea! I wish I was waking up to these on Monday morning :)


  10. i like the fact that they're in cupcake liners--that would make them much easier to eat. no raisins for me, ever. :)

  11. As with everyone else I like the idea that they are made in cupcake tins. Wouldn't this make them si much easier to eat several :-)

  12. These muffins sound delicious Barbara! I love anything baked with cardamom.

  13. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread or rolls baking. These look amazing!



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