Most of the people associate cinnamon rolls with America and you can often find cinnamon rolls recipe in the American cuisine department. But as we visit Sweden quite often, we know, that the true home of cinnamon rolls is this northern country.

In Swedish, the cinnamon rolls are called Kanelbullar and everything points that this sweet treat have originated from Sweden. The cinnamon itself came from Sri Lanka more than two thousand years ago, and of course, the Romans became responsible for the spreading of the spice around Europe. Around 1700’s bakers in Northern Europe began to experiment with yeast doughs, the French made buns from it, later the Dutch began to fry them in the oil, while the British invented Chelsea bun and the Germans made the schnecken. These buns there the inspiration for the Swedish, who added cinnamon and created the very first cinnamon rolls. And since 1999, October the 4th has been promoted as ‘kanelbullens dag’, the Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden.

So today we are going to make these buns, which are just perfect with coffee.

Ingredients for cinnamon rolls:

  • 500 g of flour
  • 250 ml of warm milk
  • 2 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 150 g of butter
  • 2 tbsp of powdered sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 30 g of fresh yeast
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon (+ optional 1 tsp of cardamom)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • orange icing


Preparing the dough:

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk, mix it well and leave for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the flour into the bowl, add 2 tbsp of powdered sugar and a pinch of salt. Mix it, make a hole in the middle, pour into it milk with yeast and mix it all together.
  3. Next, start kneading the dough with your hands, adding also 2 egg yolk and 1 egg. After 5 minutes of kneading, add 70 g of warm butter and continue to knead the dough for another 10 minutes. The dough should become fluffy and smooth. Cover it with foil and leave for 1,5 hour in a warm place.

Preparing the rolls:

  1. After that time take the dough and knead it for a couple of minutes to get read of the air bubbles. Divide the dough in two half and roll out each part into a square around 30 cm x 30 cm.
  2. Now mix 80 g of melted butter with vanilla extract, 2 tbsp of cinnamon and 2 tbsp of brown sugar (you can also add cardamom). If you are making as well orange icing, you can add as well some fresh orange peel to the butter.
  3. Butter each dough square with the cinnamon mixture and roll it around the filling onto a log-shape roll. Cut the roll into 2 cm slices.
  4. Put the slices on a baking paper lined baking trays – make sure there is enough space between them and leave for 45 minutes.
  5. Heat up the oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Mix an egg with 2 tsp of milk and top the cinnamon rolls with it.
  6. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until they get brown.
  7. Top up the cinnamon rolls with orange icing.

And those are the classic cinnamon rolls with the original orange icing. You can also top up the cinnamon rolls with our white yoghurt chocolate icing if you like, that will give a sweeter and more unique taste 🙂

You know that the cinnamon rolls are perfect with coffee, but remember, that you can also make an amazing aromatic coffee, if you add some pumpkin pie spice to it. Your guests will be amazed with your talents.

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