SRC: Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Swedish Cinnamon Bun Recipe

by Holly on September 3, 2012

It’s Secret Recipe Club time again already, it’s September and school starts for us tomorrow! I’d say it’s unbelievable, but it really isn’t. Seriously though, I remember that summertime was an eternity when I was a kid and now it’s just gone in the blink of an eye. We have had a great summer filled with lots of adventures, big and small, and could continue on a summer schedule all the time almost, if not for the fact that my boys are seriously itching to get back to school. They love it (thank goodness!) and I hope that feeling never changes.

Ewa at Delishhh was my blog assignment this month and it was a sheer pleasure to go through her recipe archives to find a recipe to make. Ewa is also a joy to know even a little, so this was an easy month for me to choose something to make. I actually planned to make three of her recipes, but time flies when you are having fun. The three I had bookmarked in honor of Ewa’s Swedish heritage were her recipe for Swedish Meatballs, Swedish Pancakes and, as I’m sure you already guessed, Swedish Cinnamon Buns or ‘Bullar’.

We have an avid love of cinnamon buns of all sorts here at the Hanks’ house. That is self evident with a trip through the archives since I’ve posted several versions of cinnamon, sticky or other filled sweet rolls here on the blog, including in the form of waffles, filled with Nutella and Cinnamon Brioche Cupcakes.

So, why would I post one more?

Simple, Ewa says that the Swedes are the originators of this type of sweet bread, and when I read the recipe it was different than all the others I’ve ever made. Reason enough in my book to give them a try.

The obvious differences right off the bat are that these aren’t frosted and there is a healthy portion of ground cardamom that goes in the dough (yep, into the dough – not the filling). She also suggested that these types of buns are regularly baked on a paper liner, which although I’ve done that in the past, I liked knowing that it was a good plan for these as well. It makes storing, baking and portioning all just that much easier, as well as the cleanup.

As you may already know, I’m never one for leaving well enough alone. So, I’m including my version of Ewa’s recipe below because I want to be true to the changes I made, which although not too many, were rather significant more in technique and measuring as well as a few ingredients. That said, I’m going to detail the differences below because, frankly, next time I may just make the recipe exactly as it was originally written and to heck with the consequences.

What consequences, you ask? Well, the catalyst to my adaptive journey through the original version started because Ewa tells us right off the bat that the recipe makes 48 cinnamon buns. That is a lot of cinnamon buns, even if they do keep well in the freezer. It wasn’t really even the idea of committing that many ingredients to the recipe so much as having that many cinnamon buns on hand. As it was, making 12 slightly larger than regular ones was dangerous enough for me. Cinnamon buns have a distinctly nasty habit of disappearing into my belly one after the other until I’ve made myself sick. This started out as portion control and self preservation.

The nice thing that happened along the way through starting out halving the recipe though was the fact that the reduced amount and extreme loveliness of the dough easily lent itself to being mixed by hand using only a couple of bowls. The original recipe appears to be mixed by hand as well, but this version is just a smaller batch and therefore a little easier to mix without caving and busting out the mixer.

Now, these changes are not to say that my version is better. Just a better, dangerous, every day version for us. That said, I could easily make similar changes or none at all to the original and stash the extras in the freezer to have on hand… that just crosses into dangerous territory, although, to be honest, this version is so fast and easy it really isn’t any hinderance to just whipping up a batch at a moments notice.

So, the verdict on why these buns are so stinking dangerous is because they are AWESOME. Yes, as in that overused word that, unfortunately is perfectly appropriate here. These were some of the easiest, best buns I’ve ever made and that we’ve ever eaten. Add to that the fact that they are cleaner to eat without the frosting and these babies deserve their own special adjective, perhaps like WHIZ-BANG!

Yes. That would do. WHIZ-BANG BUNS, and it’s fun to say and we love fun and silly names for stuff around here. Done deal. Just trust me and go make them, and if your self-control is better than mine, just use the original recipe portions and take the plunge. You won’t regret it.

Shoot. In fact, now I have to go make them again right now. There goes self control.

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Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies September 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

Oh how I love cinnamon buns. Those looks super. For this month’s SRC, I made your self-frosting pumpkin nutella muffins. Best muffin tops ever!

Holly September 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Awesome! Those muffins are one of our favorites and have been on my mind lately too. I bet they are even better as muffin tops!

Delishhh (@DelishhhBlog) September 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

Holly – I was smiling all through your post as i was reading this. You are so cute and funny. I am glad you made these, and yes they are dangerous and AWESOME, i usually keep a batch in the freezer. Also glad to see you found the pearl sugar 🙂 Yours are so pretty and the pictures are awesome. THANK YOU for the amazing write up and the kind words!

Holly September 3, 2012 at 4:52 pm

You’re so welcome! I had a great time with your blog! I’ve made the meatballs too, but kind of messed them up (I used fresh breadcrumbs, which I’m figuring since I had to use four times as much that I should have use dry) but they were still awesome!

Also can’t wait to try the pancakes. They’re on my list! Thanks again for the inspiration.

Katrina September 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Fun! So where did you find the Swedish sugar around these parts? 😉 They look great! We are all about cinnamon rolls here, too. Even made your cinnamon roll waffles once.

Holly September 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I actually found it at Sur la Table, but it looks like they don’t carry it anymore. I haven’t found a new local source yet, but when I do I’ll let you know! Maybe World Market would have it?! Anyway, even of you make them and do a little glaze or turbinado or something they would still be awesome and easy.

I love that you tried the cinnamon roll waffles. They are good, but dangerous and kind of messy in the waffle iron. Worth it though, but definitely a treat.

Lesa @Edesia's Notebook September 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

What beautiful cinnamon rolls! I have never heard of the pearl sugar; it makes a really pretty garnish.

Delishhh (@DelishhhBlog) September 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I shared this with my readers today in my newsletter of the month –

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

Wishing I had one of these this morning!

Margaret September 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

These look good. The differences are interesting.

Kristina January 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I just made these this afternoon and they were sooo good! My husband ate 3 as soon as they came out of the oven! The cupcake liners are a nice touch, and I love that I don’t have to make icing for them as they are sweet enough already. I used chopped pecans instead of pearl sugar, and they got all nice and toasty. I may add more cardamom next time since I love cardamom and it was a little mild for my tastes. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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