Living in the UK has some distinct benefits, especially in the field of entertainment. While I might have to wait a few days/weeks to get some of the latest North American series, I do get access to British series long before they make their way across the Atlantic. Thats right, I knew for months how Downton Abbey would end. More importantly, last week we had the return of the Great British Bake Off (or the Great British Baking Show on PBS). Inspired by this I decided to make a batch of Super Swedish cinnamon buns for a relaxing afternoon fika, a tradition we would all be good to emulate.
Ever go to IKEA and see visit the food hall? Of course you have, we all have. We’ve all gone to the pick and mix too, and bought the meatballs and packs of gravy. Chances are you’ve bought the frozen Cinnamon buns, and why wouldn’t you? They bake quickly and provide you with a great breakfast addition. This recipe isn’t a replica, they are an improvement. These Swedish cinnamon buns are great for anyone’s afternoon fika.
Making cinnamon buns can sound easy, but have probably frustrated a great many of you. The most common culprit, the uncooked centre. You know what I mean, the gooey mixture of sugar, cinnamon and raw dough. It is not pleasant. Especially when the edge of the buns are so crispy they are close to burnt. There is a good reasons for this, we use too much butter and cinnamon sugar in our filings and/or we try to have too many rolls. The reality is, less it really more.
These buns have flavour in two ways. First is the dough, and it is using a classic Swedish spice, cardamom, which while flavourful on its own also compliments cinnamon. Then the filling, the cinnamon and brown sugar, while used sparingly, packs a rich calming punch.
The greatest joy with these tasty buns though, before you let them rise a second time you can freeze them and use as you see fit for as breakfast treats or an afternoon fika. Perfect to save time, show off for guests, or make your kids really happy.
Now, for some pairings for these Super Swedish cinnamon buns
It’s Swedish, so it’s gotta be ABBA, give me some Dancing Queen and toss on Mamma Mia. That or possibly Mans Zelmerlow.Listen on iTunes Listen on Spotify Listen on Amazon