Hygge Baking – Kanelbullar Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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Kanelbullar (Scandinavian cinnamon rolls) are the perfect hygge baking recipe for a slow drizzly Sunday. Pour yourself a cup of tea and read on to see how easy they are to make. 

How to make Cinnamon Roll dough

  • 75g unsalted butter at room temperature + 50g for spreading later
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 sachet fast active yeast
  • 250ml warm milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cardamon 
  • 420g plain flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Small handful sugar
  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan to around 42 degrees centigrade (bit warmer than finger temperature). 
  2. Add yeast and ground cardamon to flour in a roomy mixing bowl and stir together to combine. 
  3. Add salt and sugar to the flour mix and stir again, creating a well in the flour.
  4. Slowly pour half of the beaten egg into the well (keeping the remainder of the beaten egg for later) and a little of the milk. Using a whisk, slowly stir the milk and egg into the flour mixture. 
  5. Keep pouring the milk in, a little at a time, until it has been used up and the mix is quite sticky.
  6. Using clean hands, squelch the butter into the dough, until it’s all combined. If you need a little more flour to make the dough more manageable, sprinkle a little more into the bowl and work it in. Try to use as little flour as you can get away with. 
  7. When a soft dough which leaves the sides of the bowl easily has been formed, it’s ready. Cover the dough with a clean tea towel and leave until it has doubled in size.
  8. You can speed up this process by putting the bowl into a sink of warm water.

Once doubled in size, preheat your oven to 220 degrees centigrade and sprinkle a small amount of flour on to a board and rolling pin

How to make Kanelbullar (Scandinavian cinnamon rolls)

  1. Roll out the dough thinly, until it’s roughly the size of an oven tray. 
  2. Spread 50g butter on to the rolled out dough.
  3. Sprinkle with a generous handful of sugar and plenty of cinnamon.
  4. Roll up the dough into a log shape, starting with one of the long edges. 
  5. Cut into around 15 triangles and pop on to oven trays lined with baking paper.
  6. Leave the rolls to rise again for 30 mins.
  7. Brush with the remaining beaten egg an bake at 220 degrees centigrade for 10-15 minutes.

Kanelbullar ( Scandinavian cinnamon roll) decoration

You can decorate your Kanelbullar in the traditional manner by sprinkling with sugar pearls before putting in the oven, or you could make up a thin drizzle icing with icing sugar and a small amount of water, drizzle over and leave to set. My preference is just to eat them as they are, with the breath of the oven on them. 

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