Cinnamon and cardamom buns

S14 (US Season 8)EPISODE 06
What can possibly be more Swedish than a homemade cinnamon-cardamom bun and a warm cup of coffee?


What can possibly be more Swedish than a homemade cinnamon-cardamom bun and a warm cup of coffee? This is combo is referred to as “fika” by the Swedes and is an essential part of the Swedish culture. Fika is merely a word used to describe having a cup of coffee and a snack with a friend.

This recipe from Niklas Ekstedt is inspired by Petrus from Södermalm in Stockholm. Check them out on Facebook or Instagram, and make sure to pay them a visit, as Niklas did in season 14, if you ever find yourself in Stockholm. Meanwhile, invite your friends over for a fika with your own homemade buns!

Photo by Otto Norin.


  • Add water and yeast to a bowl, stir until dissolved.
  • Add spelt (dinkel) flour, salt, sugar, egg and cardamom, then mix with your hands until the dough is sticky.
  • Work the wheat flour with your hands in the dough.
  • Stir out the dough on the table and work the butter a little at a time. Knead until the dough is even and smooth
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes under a kitchen towel.
  • Work the dough with your hands against the table until it feels elastic and smooth. 5-10 minutes. Cover the kitchen towel and cook for another 20 minutes
  • Work the dough with your hands one last time, flatten it in a square and place it in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes. The dough becomes easier to work with when it is cold.

The Butter Filling

  • In a bowl mix butter, white refined sugar, muscovado sugar, and salt to a smooth and smooth filling.
  • Pour out the dough on a lightly floured table to an approximately 40 x 50 cm (16 x 18 inches) rectangle. Spread out the butter mixture evenly over the dough.
  • Mix cardamom and sugar in a bowl and sprinkle 70 g of the mixture over the butter filling.
  • Fold the dough once, and then once again, and roll it out to a 20 x 90 cm (8 x 35 inches) rectangle.
  • Cut even about 1 cm (0,4 inch) wide dough ribbons with a large knife.
  • Tie, spin or roll to make the desired bun.
  • Place the buns on plates with baking paper, cover with plastic foil, allow to rise for 1 ½ – 2 hours at room temperature.

Sugar Syrup

  • Make the mix while the buns are rising. Boil water, lemon juice, and the vanilla can in a saucepan. Add cane sugar and boil until dissolved.
  • Set the oven to 240 degrees (460 Fahrenheit).

Egg Topping

  • Beat the egg, and a little water and salt, brush the buns.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon, cardamom and cane sugar mixture.


  • Place one oven plate at a time in the middle of the oven. Lower the temperature to 220 degrees (430 Fahrenheit) and bake until the buns are golden brown 8-10 minutes.
  • Bring out and brush each bun immediately with the sugar syrup.

Photo by Pille Riin Priske.

Serve with your favorite coffee, and enjoy!