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Kanelbullar Recipe at Berglunds Bageri in Kungsgården, Sweden



The Kanelbullar aka cinnamon bun is a traditional Swedish dessert. The Swedish cinammon bun is found in almost every pastry and coffee shop throughout Sweden. The Kanelbullar's dough is more similar to a bread than a cake and is therefore much less sweet than the American version of the cinnamon bun....and that is why we love it! What adds the dessert-like sweetness to the pastry is the melted swirl of cinnamon & sugar and the sweet, crunchy pearl sugar. We travelled to Berglunds Bageri in Kungsgården, Sweden where we learned this gem of a recipe. 


Super easy to make and impressive to all! Just follow the recipe below!

Ingredients for 

the Kanelbullar

  • 8 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Cups milk (5 dl)

  • .6 oz fresh yeast or 2 tsp. dry yeast (1 pack)

  • ~6 Cups of white pastry flour (14-15 dl)

  • 1/3 Cup sugar

  • 3 Tbsp. cinnamon

  • 1 tsp. salt 

  • 1 egg for brushing

  • Pearl Sugar (handful)


Recipe for 

the Kanelbullar

Serves 8-10 People

  1. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat

  2. Once the butter melts, add the milk and stir until the milk becomes lukewarm.

  3. At this point, transfer the milk to a large mixing bowl. Crumble in the fresh yeast or add the activated yeast and slowly add 5 cups of the flour, sugar and salt. Mix thoroughly until the are no flour bubbles in the dough and the dough has a smooth, bread-like consistency. If the dough is too sticky, add the last cup of flour

  4. Cover with a dish cloth and let the dough rise for 20-30 minutes. 

  5. Shape & Twist the Kanelbulle (see below)

  6. Place the formed kanelbulle on a non-stick baking sheet & let them rise for 30-40 minutes. 

  7. Brush the egg on the dough to keep moisture in and give the pastry a shine.

  8. Sprinkle with pearl sugar. 

  9. Bake about 10 min at 440°F (225°C)  & Enjoy you Kanelbullar, Made with Love!

Shaping & Twisting the Kanelbullar

Roll out the dough into a long rectangle with a height of ~ 8 in.

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Brush melted butter on the dough.

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Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

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Fold the dough in half meeting the bottom edge with the top edge.

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Lightly pat down the dough

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Cut out one inch strips using a pizza roller or knife

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Take one of the strips and hold it between your hands

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Hold one of the tail-ends of the strip while you twist the other tail-end

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Cross the two ends of the twisted strip so that there is a loop with two tails.

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Tuck the two tails underneath the loop and there you have it, the kanelbullar bun!!

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Written by The Recipe Hunters:

 Leila Elamine, edited by Anthony Morano

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