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Swedish Cardamom Buns (Kardemummabullar) Recipe

cardamom buns on a tray
cardamom buns on a tray - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Swedish cardamom buns are sweet, savory, fluffy, and crunchy - - all in one! They're the perfect addition to morning coffee or afternoon tea. The twisty buns are easy and fun to make while simultaneously looking very impressive.

The crushed cardamom is actually an Indian spice that Vikings brought back to Scandinavia; it is a popular spice in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. It is used in many baked goods in a similar way to Americans' use of cinnamon. Recipe developer Leah Maroney, who brings us this recipe for Swedish cardamom buns (called "Kardemummabullar") loves the spiciness of the cardamom. "It's a unique and fragrant flavor that I love using in place of other sweet and savory baking spices," she says. The cardamom is added both to the dough and the filling, so it's present throughout the rolls.

The butter and sugar in the filling add a nice flakiness and crunch to the outside of the rolls while the inside remains puffy and soft. Maroney says, "If you're looking to make them even softer, cook them closer together in a buttered baking dish, more like cinnamon rolls." Make the dough ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake. Just make sure to bring the dough to room temperature before shaping and baking so that it's easier to work with.

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Gather Your Ingredients For The Kardemummabullar

ingredients for swedish cardamom buns
ingredients for swedish cardamom buns - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

The rolls start with heating the milk. Evaporated milk doesn't necessarily need to be heated like regular whole milk does when making yeast bread, but heating it helps speed along the rising. Once the milk is heated, you add butter and sugar, then flour and cardamom. While the dough rises, you make the filling by combining the softened butter, sugar, and more cardamom.

Step 1: Heat The Milk

warm milk in a measuring cup
warm milk in a measuring cup - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Heat the milk until warm (about 100 F) in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

Step 2: Add Ingredients To The Milk

warm milk with butter in a bowl
warm milk with butter in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Add the sugar, vanilla extract, salt, vegetable oil, and butter to the warm milk. Stir until combined.

Step 3: Add The Yeast

milk and spices in a bowl
milk and spices in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Add yeast to the milk mixture.

Step 4: Add The Flour And Caradamom

cardamom dough in a bowl
cardamom dough in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Slowly add the flour and ground cardamom to the wet mixture and knead until well combined.

Step 5: Let The Dough Rise

dough risen in a bowl
dough risen in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled.

Step 6: Prepare The Filling

softened butter mixed with spices in a bowl
softened butter mixed with spices in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Prepare the filling by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a smooth paste.

Step 7: Roll Out The Dough

sheet of dough rolled out
sheet of dough rolled out - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Roll out the dough into a large, ¼-inch thick sheet.

Step 8: Spread The Filling Over The Dough

cardamom filling spread over the dough
cardamom filling spread over the dough - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Spread the filling evenly over the dough sheet.

Step 9: Fold The Dough

dough folded over filling
dough folded over filling - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Fold the sheet of dough over itself lengthwise.

Step 10: Cut The Dough Into Strips

dough cut into strips
dough cut into strips - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Cut the dough into 24 strips about ½-inch wide using a pizza cutter or sharp knife.

Step 11: Stretch The Dough Strips

stretched dough
stretched dough - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Stretch out one dough strip to 5 inches.

Step 12: Twist The Dough Strips

dough strips twisted on baking sheet
dough strips twisted on baking sheet - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Twist the dough strip to form a coil.

Step 13: Coil The Dough Strips

dough strips coiled on baking sheet
dough strips coiled on baking sheet - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Coil the dough around itself on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step 14: Tuck The Coil

dough coils on a baking sheet
dough coils on a baking sheet - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Tuck the end of the strip under the bottom of the coil and slightly through the top.

Step 15: Cover And Let Rise

rolls under a cloth rising
rolls under a cloth rising - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Repeat steps 11–14 with remaining strips, cover, and let rise an additional hour.

Step 16: Preheat The Oven

preheated oven
preheated oven - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Step 17: Make The Egg Wash

beaten egg in a bowl
beaten egg in a bowl - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Beat an egg and a teaspoon of water together in a small bowl.

Step 18: Brush The Rolls With Egg Wash

rolls brushed with egg wash
rolls brushed with egg wash - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Brush the rolls with egg wash.

Step 19: Sprinkle With Pearl Sugar

pearl sugar sprinkled on rolls
pearl sugar sprinkled on rolls - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Sprinkle with the rolls with pearl sugar.

Step 20: Bake The Rolls

baked cardamom rolls
baked cardamom rolls - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Step 21: Serve With Coffee

cooked rolls on a plate
cooked rolls on a plate - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Serve the buns for breakfast with hot coffee.

How Do You Store Swedish Cardamom Buns?

hand holding cardamom buns
hand holding cardamom buns - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Swedish cardamom buns can be stored in the refrigerator or on the counter in an air-tight container for up to four days. They can be reheated in the microwave for 20 seconds or in the oven at 350 F for five minutes. Add a sprinkle of water onto the rolls before heating to help them regain their puffiness.

You can also make the dough ahead of time. Just store the dough in the refrigerator for up to three days. Then, bring the dough to room temperature before forming into the rolls. You can also refrigerate the prepared rolls before baking for up to three days. Just cover them with plastic wrap. They can also be frozen on a baking sheet; once they are hard, they can be put in plastic storage bags. They can be frozen for up to six months. The rolls can also be frozen after they are baked for up to six months.

Can You Substitute The Evaporated Milk In Kardemummabullar?

Hand holding cardamom bun
Hand holding cardamom bun - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

You can use whole milk or other milk instead of evaporated milk for these Swedish cardamom buns. Evaporated milk can be a little sweeter and provides a slightly different flavor, but whole milk is a fine substitute. You can also use almond milk or oat milk for this recipe. Again, both milks may be sweeter even if using the unsweetened versions, so just be aware that the rolls will turn out differently. This recipe can easily be made into dairy-free rolls or vegan rolls by replacing the evaporated milk with vegan milk and swapping the butter for a plant-based butter. Omit the egg wash and brush a little vegan milk on the rolls before adding the sugar. This will help the sugar stick to the rolls. They will not get quite the same golden color or sheen, but they will still taste delicious.

6741_Swedish Cardamom Buns (Kardemummabullar) Recipe

cardamom buns on a tray
cardamom buns on a tray - Leah Maroney/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 2h 20mCook Time: 15mYield: 24 BunsIngredients

  • :::For the dough:::

  • 2 (12-ounce) cans evaporated milk

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup butter

  • 2 ⅓ teaspoons yeast

  • 5 ½ cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom

  • 1 egg

  • ¼ cup pearl sugar

  • :::For the filling:::

  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Heat the milk until warm (about 100 F) in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

  2. Add the sugar, vanilla extract, salt, vegetable oil, and butter to the warm milk. Stir until combined.

  3. Add yeast to the milk mixture.

  4. Slowly add the flour and ground cardamom to the wet mixture and knead until well combined.

  5. Cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled.

  6. Prepare the filling by combining all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a smooth paste.

  7. Roll out the dough into a large, ¼-inch thick sheet.

  8. Spread the filling evenly over the dough sheet.

  9. Fold the sheet of dough over itself lengthwise.

  10. Cut the dough into 24 strips about ½-inch wide using a pizza cutter or sharp knife.

  11. Stretch out one dough strip to 5 inches.

  12. Twist the dough strip to form a coil.

  13. Coil the dough around itself on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  14. Tuck the end of the strip under the bottom of the coil and slightly through the top.

  15. Repeat steps 11–14 with remaining strips, cover, and let rise an additional hour.

  16. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  17. Beat an egg and a teaspoon of water together in a small bowl.

  18. Brush the rolls with egg wash.

  19. Sprinkle the rolls with pearl sugar.

  20. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

  21. Serve the buns for breakfast with hot coffee.

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