Recipe: The Best Cinnamon Buns

Posted by Bronte Aurell | Food & Recipes, Scandi Life

Photo credit – Pete Cassidy

It’s cinnamon buns week from 27th September until 4th October at our place. The big day is the 4th October where we are going to be doing little else than baking buns, buns and more buns. We’re doing 2 for 1 cinnamon buns in the cafe all week in the mornings between 8:00-11:00 – so pop by and stuff your face.

We want YOU to bake with us. Using your own recipe or one you are trying out, get baking! Get the kids involved or bake on your own, whatever way you decide to make buns, make them with love and determination!

Once you are done, take a picture and send it to us (just one pic, please) OR you can tag us on Twitter (@scanditwitchen) on Instagram (@scandikitchen) – we will find your buns and we’ll retweet or post to insta for the best ones – so the would can see your beautiful buns! Best thing? One lucky winner will get this prize straight to their door:

  • SIGNED ScandiKitchen Cookbook (choose either Fika & Hygge or ScandiKitchen)
  • A beautiful designer apron and tea towel from Hyggen – by The Organic Company
  • A box of treats from our WebShop

Terms: UK only, usual competition rules apply, all rights reserved. No cheating. Your own photos only, obviously, or else it’s cheating. We reserve right to create a kid’s category if we see fit. Bun photos to be sent in before 4th October 2016.

Need inspiration? Here’s a recipe:

The recipe below is taken from our cookbook The ScandiKitchen by Bronte Aurell – published by Ryland, Peters and Small available at all good bookshops and of course – signed – at our place.

Note: Fresh yeast can be hard to find in shops here – we stock fresh yeast in our web shop; we also have a cinnamon bun product bundle containing the essential ingredients you need to make your own buns. On to the buns.

Cinnamon Bun Recipe – BASIC DOUGH

13 g/2 ½ teaspoons dried/active dry yeast or 25 g/1 oz. fresh yeast *(see below)

250 ml/1 cup whole milk, heated to 36–37°C (97–99°F)

80 g/ ¾ stick butter, melted and cooled slightly

40 g/3 tablespoons caster/granulated sugar

400–500 g/3–3 2/3cups white strong/bread flour

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten


80g butter

1 teaspoon plain flour

1-2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp vanilla sugar

80g caster sugar (or half and half caster / soft brown sugar)

Egg, for brushing.

Cream all the ingredients for filling together until smooth.

Here’s how to do it:

*If using fresh yeast, add the warm milk to a mixing bowl and add the yeast; stir until dissolved, then pour into the bowl of the food mixer.

Pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together. Cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 15 minutes to become bubbly. Pour into the bowl of a food mixer fitted with a dough hook. Start the machine and add the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine with the yeast for 1 minute or so, then add the sugar. Allow to combine for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl, weigh out 400 g/3 cups of the flour, add the cardamom and salt and mix together. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg. Keep kneading for 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky, but not so much that it sticks to your finger if you poke it. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later.

Once mixed, leave the dough in a bowl and cover with a dish towel or clingfilm. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.

Dust a table top with flour and turn out the dough. Using your hands, knead the dough and work in more flour if needed. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a 40 x 50 cm/16 x 20 in. rectangle.

Spread the filling across the dough in an event, thin layer.

To twist or roll?

To make traditional swirls, simply roll the dough lengthways into a long roll and cut into 15-16 pieces, place on a lined baking tray, and leave – covered – to rise for another 20 minutes.

Twists: Follow this simply video to make your cinnamon bun twists:

The recipe for the cinnamon bun can be found in The Scandi Kitchen (Ryland Peters & Small). Music by

When you have done your twists, leave on a lined baking tray for 20-25 minutes to rise again.

Heat the oven to 200 degrees fan. Brush the buns lightly with beaten egg, then bake for 6-9 minutes or until golden and done.

While they are baking, make a simple sugar syrup: In a saucepan, heat 50ml water with 100g sugar until bubbling and completely melted. You can also use golden syrup and just melt it a big in a saucepan.

When the buns come out of the oven, immediately brush lightly with the syrup, then add pearl sugar (nibbed sugar) on top of the buns and cover with a damp tea towel. the tea towel stops the buns from going dry. If you cannot get hold of nib sugar (pearl sugar), you can use chopped hazelnuts etc instead as an alternative.


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