CINNAMON BUNS / KANELBULLAR: MY RECIPE & ITS STORY

Not one to resist a challenge – or rather a kind offer – I happily accepted Bernadette’s suggestion to share one of my favourite recipes on her inviting, friendly and classy New Classic Recipe blog. It has a unique format with a personal story behind the recipe for each one featured and it did not take long for me to settle upon Swedish Cinnamon Buns / Kanelbullar. It is a pleasure to share my memories of first baking these as young! Please do click the link below to read the full story and detailed recipe! Enjoy!

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Hi there,
I have a wonderful treat for you today. Annika Perry, who is a wonderfully reflective writer, has shared with us her story and her recipe for Cinnamon Buns.
I chose to post this today because today is Shrove or Fat Tuesday. It is a day that it is traditional to enjoy sweets before the long fast of Lent begins. Annika’s Cinnamon Buns certainly fit the bill for a wonderful sweet treat.


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

SWEDISH CINNAMON BUNS

There are three women gathered in the kitchen as the ingredients are placed on the counter. My mother and I as well as the presence of my departed Mormor (maternal grandmother). After all it’s her recipe and as the master baker she wouldn’t miss out on the event. It is not a light spiritual awareness of her being rather a profound sensation of her conversation, laughter and no doubt frustration at our slower preparation!

The warmest place in my grandparents’ house was one of the cellar rooms. Eradicate all the images the word creates in your mind of a damp, dark and dusty confine rather my Mormor’s baking cellar room sparkled with light and delicious fragrances dancing on the sun beams. The positive and cheerful energy pulsated through the cracks of the doors. One entered with quiet cautious steps; knowing one was always welcome but not wanting to disturb a critical moment. After all, I didn’t want to miss out on a cake or slice of freshly homemade bread!

To read the complete post please click here.

91 thoughts on “CINNAMON BUNS / KANELBULLAR: MY RECIPE & ITS STORY

    1. Bless … Thank you so much for your concern and kind thoughts, Selma. All is very well with myself and my family. An unplanned break … life takes us like that at times. Sending you hugs and well wishes xx

  1. So lovely Bernadette featured you on your blog, Annika. I thoroughly enjoyed reading memories with your mother and Mormor making Swedish Cinnamon Buns. It’s little moments like these – being gathered together, finding joy in working together – that what comes out in the end feels, and tastes, so good. Your Mormor sounded like she commanded this homemade recipe – and I mean that as a compliment. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I’m not much of a baker but when I bake, I do know I like to take my time. Hope you’re doing well 😊💕

    1. Mable, thank you so much for your lovely comment and it means a lot to me. You are so right in that the love and joy of these precious shared moments are evident in the bake! Oh, my Mormor was an incredible baker and excelled at everything she did … I must say I was in awe at her speed of baking and this is not something I have been able to copy. Like you, I enjoy taking my time, savouring the actions and later the cakes, buns etc!

      I am very well, thankfully and just back from my first long trip abroad – it was heavenly and I feel wonderfully recuperated and relaxed! Take care xx ❤️

  2. Ah, looks like the Swedes are great bakers, Annika! There is a Swedish patisserie in Perth, Australia called Miss Maud who is v popular and serves delicious cakes and meals… yummy! Nice post and thank you for sharing your lovely story. 😀💐

    1. Iris, thank you so much for your lovely comment and it’s meant a lot to share the bake and the story behind it.

      I think Sweden, as with many countries, has great bakers and I’ve just checked out Miss Maud instagram page – wow! What a feast for the eyes – and hopefully for you to taste if you buy some now and then!

      1. Thanks, Annika. Glad to connect again. Yes, we’ve
        recently ordered a b’day cake and some pastries for my sister in Perth. The family enjoyed the treat! We have been to Miss Maud’s restaurant when we visited them in Perth. Have a lovely week and good to hear from you Annika! 🍰☕😋

  3. Yummmm! I like Bernadette’s blog so much, and the way she humanizes recipes by asking writers like you to share. Your description of it all brings me there. 💙 And makes my mouth water. 😁

    1. Pam, you describe Bernadette’s blog so well and whilst recipes on their own can be a bit dry and dull her posts sparkle with the stories behind the bakes and dishes! I’m smiling that you find these so tempting … wish I could offer you one (or a few!) over a shared afternoon coffee/tea! 😀❤️

    1. Ritish, I really hope you have a chance to try one sometime, particularly home-made one! They are very tasty and fun to make … although I am not the most patient waiting for the dough to rise! Many thanks for your lovely comment.

  4. A heartwarming, delightful story, Annika. Your writing is such a gift that you offer us. It’s impossible not to feel the loving embrace that resides in your beautiful stories and treasured memories. Bless your heart. The world needs this! xo

    1. Bless! Natalie, warmest thanks for your wonderful and heartfelt comment and I’m beaming away at the thought of the ‘loving embrace’ of my stories and memories! If I have managed to bring some light, love and joy into the world with my story that means the world to me … as you say we all need this more than ever as our minds and hearts are never far from the unfolding horrors.

      Take care xx

  5. Behind the Story

    There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly backed cinnamon buns. It looks like these have raisins too. My maternal grandma was also a wonderful cook and baker. I have many fond memories of learning a variety of things from her.

    1. Nicki, well spotted – these are raisins and I always like to add a few extra! 😀 It’s wonderful you have such precious memories of your time with your maternal grandmother … they seemed to make cooking and bakery such a craft yet with incredible ease and speed! I just wish I’d made many more notes!

    1. Thank you, Kimberlee and it’s meant a lot to me to share this memory. They are a perfect food but whilst my grandmother was alive they would be served as one of up to seven bakes as part of afternoon coffee gatherings … I remember sometimes struggling to choose between them all!😀

    1. That’s so true, Jennie and this gave me a wonderful opportunity to revisit this memory and others cascaded upon as a result! I love learning about your childhood memories!

  6. How wonderful to make with your mom and have your grandma’s presence, Annika. It’s delicious, precious, and memorable. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I love cinnamon buns. I used to buy a large one in the mall to eat while I shop. We cut down on carb so I don’t make it. Thank you for sharing this fun post.😊

    1. Miriam, at the time I took the three of us baking together for granted but obviously later appreciate the wonder and precious nature of these times! When my son was younger my mother, I and my son baked together a lot … and I love how this goes down the generations! Oh, those big cinnamon buns are irresistible and they are my first purchase at the airport in Sweden when we land – carbs, heck yes but it feels like I’ve truly arrived then! These here are quite a bit smaller and hence healthier (or so I tell myself!) 😀 So glad you enjoyed the post! xx

      1. Baking with parents or kids are fun and can create bonding, Annika. I didn’t do any of that with my daughter because I commute long distance for work. I had problem with my ex so there wasn’t any relaxing time at home.
        My daughter now bakes with her daughters. As soon as they can hold a whisk, she let them stir the eggs, or knead the dough. I love the way she and her husband engage their kids in the daily life. The kids will have so many fun memories.
        After reading your post, I almost try to get my husband to go to the mall with me. 😄 I still want to go soon. 😊

    1. That’s great, Robbie – thank you so much! 😀 My baking has a long way to go to reach your standards although the other day made a special cake for my friend’s birthday and I think you would have liked it! 😀

    1. Thank you so much, Kamal! 😀 With photos like this one almost wants to reach out and nab a bun or two! The cinnamon buns are SO tasty and it’s been a pleasure to share this very special memory here! I think my Mormor would have been proud and excited to see the recipe and story enjoyed by so many.

    1. The aroma of baking is heavenly and love the thought of this drifting over to you in Canada, Donna!

      Thank you so much for reading and see you over on Bernadette’s blog! Happy Weekend! 🌺

    1. Haha! Lauren, you are right about ‘sinfully delicious’! They are irresistible and I recall my Mormor stopping me in a friendly but firm manner as I reached out for my sixth bun once when very young! They are a rare treat for me here in the UK – not so when in Sweden as they are far too readily available!

    1. Thank you so much, Natalie and it’s been a joy to share both the recipe and my memory of the precious time of baking together! Oh yes, the aroma is delightful and tantilising! Wishing you a great weekend!

  7. I love cinnamon rolls and your recipe looks amazing. I used to like these because I could make the pan up the night before, pop it in the oven (after a warmup) in the morning.

    1. Jacqui, what a great idea to prepare the dough the day before and then just warm-up before baking in the morning! I think I would forgo breakfast and just wait until the buns were ready!

    1. That’s great, Diana and see you there! 😀 It was a very special place to bake and always so warm! However, one cellar room (a storeroom) had no windows and was always rather spooky!

    1. Bless! That’s wonderful, Darlene, thank you so much! I always think of this as a Scandinavian bun – do you have any connections to that part of the world? Do you bake these now as well?

      1. My parents were German Canadian and I always thought it was a German dessert. So it must be a Nordic/Germanic style bun. I haven´t baked them for a while but I have in the past.

        1. Not surprisingly we are both affected by our heritage!😀 I remember during my time at university in German that the pastry cafes were sublime – a treat for eyes and stomach!

          I just looked this up on Wikipedia and here is what is says – from both regions and more!:

          ‘A cinnamon roll (also cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl, cinnamon Danish and cinnamon snail) is a sweet roll commonly served in Northern Europe (mainly in Nordic countries, but also in Austria and Germany) and North America. In Sweden it is called kanelbulle, in Denmark it is known as kanelsnegl, in Norway it is known as kanelbolle, skillingsboller or kanelsnurr, in Finland it is known as korvapuusti, and in Estonia it is known as kaneelirull.[1][2] [3] In Austria and Germany it is called Zimtschnecke. ‘

    1. Aww … thank you so much, Jennifer! 😀 It was special to revisit this memory and writing it was very poignant for me – a delight to share! Oh, they are delicious and one or even two are just never enough!

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