Recipe: vegan swedish Kanelbullar

14. February 2016

“Can you please make some Franzbrötchen**? Or cinnamon buns? Just something with cinnamon!”, my family is asking me this quite a while now. But their suggestinons were boring. It’s always the same. At the moment I’m on a scandinavian trip. Not physical but mental. My favourite country is sweden. Don’t ask me why because I’ve never been there. I’d just love learning swedish again, because my lessons were two years ago. Someone on Instagram asked me for a cinnamon-bun recipe, so I thought, give them a little swedish touch and a twist: knots.

** German little sugar-cinnamon pastry.

isabella-blume-vegane-zimtschnecken-cinnamon-bun-kanelbullar-schweden-sweden-skandinavien-travelblogger-travel By the way: In Sweden, the cinnamon rolls or Kanelbullar were practically canonized, so they even got a private holiday. The 4th of October is in Sweden the “Kanelbulens dag”. Apropos, one cinnamon roll = Kanelbulle, two cinnamon rolls = Kanelbullar.


We need: 

For the dough:

  • 500gr Spelt flour
  • 10-20gr Sugar
  • 250ml Milk (Soy, Almond… whatever you prefer. I used Oat Milk)
  • 1 cube of yeast
  • 50gr Margarine (ALSAN)
  • 1 pinch. Cardamom

For the filling:

  • 80gr Margarine (ALSAN)
  • 100gr Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon


  • Decorating sugar
  • Wasser
  • Zucker

At first: All ingedients should have roomtemperature.

  1. Yeast preparation: Mix warm milk with 20 grams of sugar, a cube of fresh yeast and 2 tablespoons of flour and leave it to rise until the whole mass acts frothy. (About 15-20 minutes)
  2. Mix the flour with cardamom, add the margarine and mix well with the now foamy yeast mixture. The dough should be kneaded well for some time, even if he already lookes “ready”. (Kitchen Aid olé)
  3. Let the dough rest for around 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, blend the margarine with sugar and cinnamon. At the end, it should be a homogeneously brown paste.
  5. Roll the dough, add the sugar-cinnamon paste and then have a look here, how I tie the knot. Or you make buns or rolls. Again, let them rest for around 15 minutes. Before you put them in the oven stray some sugar on top.
  6. Now you can prepare some glaze. Boil 100ml water and a tablespoon sugar until it’s melted. Brush it on the buns, knots or whatever you did with the dough when they’re ready baked. That gives a little shine and replaces the egg.

Bake them at 180° C for about 20 minutes. Depending on their size and your oven.

Bon appetite!



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  • Reply Monthly Recap: January & February - From castles in the air and new shores | ISABELLA BLUME 2. March 2018 at 22:55

    […] For years I had the plan to move to Sweden without ever having been there. Scandinavia is beautiful, the language isn’t a rocket science and the school system is better than in Germany. So I started learning Swedish … Jag heter Lara. More isn’t probably left and the desire to move to a country whose summer temperatures do not exceed the 25 ° Celsius is gone.If it stays that way, we will see in April, when I’m going to Stockholm for a few days. Actually, I’m quite excited because I will be staying on a boat, I can refresh the language and maybe I even find some vegan Swedish Kanelbullar. […]

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