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Recipe: Cinnamon Bun French Toast

April 29, 2016 | Leave a comment

Imagine it… You have some cinnamon buns left over. Yes, we know, it does not happen often, but it CAN happen. What do you do with those stale things, not good for anything?

The other day, we made french toast. It was indulgent and delicious and quite naughty.

Recipe: Cinnamon Bun French Toast – with homemade vanilla syrup and cardamom yoghurt

Bronte Aurell 2016.

Serves 4


1 x portion of berries – we used raspberries as these are tart and cut through the sweetness of this dish best.

For the syrup (makes a generous portion, more than you need – keep sin fridge for a few weeks)

150g sugar
100ml water
1 scraped out vanilla pod (include the seeds)
salt flakes (optional)
Bring sugar, water and vanilla to the boil and keep gentle boiling for 4-5 minutes on a good heat (take care not to burn). If it’s reducing too quickly, shorten the cooking time or you will end up with a syrup that’s too thick. Take off the heat and, optionally, add salt flakes to taste (it intensifies the flavour of the vanilla).


For the yoghurt topping

200g Greek thick set yoghurt

finely ground cardamom, to taste

Stir cardamom with yoghurt, to taste – I like freshly ground cardamom, but leave it plain if you’re not a fan of this strong flavour. You can also make a cardamom syrup (see above) and just add subtle syrup to the yoghurt as this is will be less intense that freshly ground.

For the french toast

4 nice cinnamon buns, sliced open into two pieces each.

(These have to be the more traditional Scandi recipe, yeast based, bread dough buns, not fancy pastry buns)

3 eggs

50g plain flour mixed with a small pinch of baking soda

125ml whole milk

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Butter, for frying.

Whisk the batter together (mix the egg with the flour and soda first, then add the milk and other ingredients bit by bit so it doesn’t lump). Place the bun pieces in a bowl and pour over the batter, ensuring to soak all pieces generously. Leave covered for 10 minutes to soak the bread through.

Heat up some butter in a pan, then fry the pieces of bread until cooked through on both sides. Arrange two pieces (one whole bun) on each serving plate, top with a good dollop of the Greek yoghurt and fresh berries. Pour syrup on to taste (it is very sweet), just before eating.

Nutritional content: Eeeeek. Quite a few laps around the park wearing your fanciest running shoes.

Comfort factor: Top dog.



How to make… Cinnamon buns / Kanelbullar

July 17, 2014 | 4 Comments

Kanelbullar, we call them. Cinnamon buns. Those delightful soft rolls, perfect for a Fika afternoon cup of coffee or as a snack treat in your lunch box.

This recipe makes about 36 buns of medium size – or 18 buns and two longer ‘Kanellängd’ (longer versions for slicing).

There are as many recipes for cinnamon buns in Sweden as there are people who bake them. We like this one: it’s simple, it’s straightforward and it just works.

Over time, as you get a feel for the dough, you’ll develop your own version that only you can recreate. Try different fillings, spices and nuts.


50g fresh yeast

500ml whole milk, luke warm

150g very soft butter (melted also fine)

85g caster sugar

1000 g plain bread flour (or between 800-1000g, depending on the flour)  – we always use Swedish Vetemjol flour for perfect results.

1⁄2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 egg

150g butter (soft, spreadable)

4-5tsp ground cinnamon

120g sugar

1/2 egg for brushing

100g of pearl sugar for decoration (or finely chopped nuts)

Heat the milk to 36-41 degrees and add in a bowl with the yeast, stir until dissolved. Add the butter, sugar, salt, cardamom, egg and enough flour to make the dough combine. You’ll need about 700-800g of flour – but add a little at the time, keeping the mixer on continuously (using the dough hook). Keep the rest of the flour back  for kneading. Work the dough until it almost stops sticking and has a shiny surface – about 6-7 minutes with a mixer, longer by hand (add more flour if you need to). The dough should only just reach the point of not being sticky.

Leave to rise until it’s doubled in size (30-40 mins). Work through with more flour until dough stops sticking and can be shaped, then cut the dough in half and roll out the first piece in a rectangular shape (around 45cm x 35cm). Spread a generous amount of butter evenly, then dust over the cinnamon and sugar. Roll the piece lengthways so you end up with a long, tight thin roll.

Cut the roll in two pieces and place on lined baking trays with plenty of room to rise. To cut the ‘Kanellängd’, use a pair of clean scissors and cut sliced almost all the way through (but not quite) as illustrated in the photos below – and then alternative each piece to the side and press down gently until you have done both pieces.  Leave the cinnamon lengths to rise for 20 minutes.

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To make buns with the rest of the the dough:

Repeat the roll-out process, again ending with a rectangular piece of dough around 35 x 45 cm big. Spread the other half of the butter, add cinnamon and sugar and roll tightly lengthways until you have a long roll. Cut the roll into 18 pieces and place each swirl on a lined tray.  Leave to rise for 20 minutes.

Turn the oven to 220 degrees (a bit less if using a fan oven).

Brush all buns gently with remaining egg (you may need a bit more egg) and sprinkle a bit of pearl sugar on each bun. Bake at 220°C for about 8-10 minutes (turn the heat down a bit midway if you feel they’re getting too brown) for the buns – but for the longer rolls, turn the heat down slightly and bake nearer the bottom of the oven for around 20 minutes – take care not to burn them. As this dough contains sugar,t he buns can go dark brown in a split second so keep an eye on them.

As soon as the buns come out of the oven, cool down under a damp, clean tea towel to stop them going dry. If you prefer a stickier surface, brush with a light sugar syrup or even syrup as soon as they are baked.

The buns freeze well (freeze as soon as they have cooled).

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Celebrate Bun Week with us 21-27 July 2014

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Next week  (21-27 July 2014) is bun week at the cafe. Here’s the voucher you need in order for you to get your mitts on a free cinnamon bun on the mornings.

Print the voucher or smart phone it – but you do need mention the offer and show voucher when you order.

Please do read the t&c, too.

See you next week.


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