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Recipe: Sally’s ‘Chokladbullar’ (Soft chocolate buns)

October 6, 2017 | Leave a comment

Sally’s Chokladbullar – Soft Chocolate Buns

These delicious chocolate buns come from our Sally who used to work at our café (Hi Sally, if you're reading this). We felt that just using chocolate spread doesn’t work because it burns easily, but mixing it to a paste with some extra chocolate helps make the most indulgent and chocolatey buns possible. These are pretty hard to resist, for kids and adults. From our book Fika & Hygge by Bronte Aurell, Photo by Pete Cassidy. Book published by Ryland, Peters and Small. 

Cuisine Scandinavian
Keyword boller, bullar, buns, chocolade, chocolate, sjokolade
Servings 16 buns


Cinnamon bun basic dough (use this as a base)

  • 13 g/21/2 teaspoons dried/active dry yeast or 25 g/1 oz. fresh yeast
  • 250 ml/1 cup whole milk heated to 36–37°C (97–99°F)
  • 80 g/3/ 4 stick butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 40 g/3 tablespoons caster/granulated sugar
  • 400 –500 g/3–3 2/3 cups white strong/bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten


  • 50 g/ 3 1/2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 75 g/1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons light brown soft sugar
  • 4 large heaped tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread such as Nutella
  • 1 tbsp plain/allpurpose flour
  • 50 g/2 oz. good-qualitymilk/semisweet chocolate
  • chopped I use Lindt or Marabou
  • beaten egg for brushing
  • 2 –3 tablespoons golden/light corn or date syrup
  • a generous handful of toasted hazelnuts roughly chopped
  • a baking pan with sides greased and lined with baking parchment


Prepare the dough:

  1. 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. If using dried/active dry yeast, pour the warm milk into a bowl, sprinkle in the yeast and whisk together. Cover with clingfilm/plastic wrap 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.

  2. Mix in the cooled, melted butter. Allow to combine for 1 minute or so, then add the sugar. In a separate bowl, weigh out 400 g/3 cups of the flour, add the cardamom and salt and mix. Start adding the flour and spices into the milk mixture, bit by bit. Add half the beaten egg.
  3. Keep kneading for 5 minutes. You may need to add more flour – you want the mixture to end up a bit sticky. It is better not to add too much flour as this will result in dry buns. You can always add more later. Cover the dough with clingfilm/plastic wrap. Allow to rise for around 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size.


  1. In a food processor or stand mixer, combine the butter, light brown soft sugar, chocolate hazelnut spread and flour and blend until you have a smooth, spreadable mixture. Set aside.


  1. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it through. Roll the dough out to a large rectangle of around 30 x 40 cm/113/4 x 16 inches. Spread the chocolate filling in an even layer across the dough.
  2. Scatter with the chopped milk/semisweet chocolate. Roll the dough up tightly lengthways to form a long sausage, then cut into 16 even pieces using a knife or pizza cutter. Squash the buns tightly together into the prepared baking pan if you would prefer a traybake to tear and share (pictured).
  3. Or if you want to make individual buns then space them spread out evenly on two larger baking sheets. Cover with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise for a further 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6. Brush the buns with a little beaten egg, then bake in the
  5. preheated oven for around 8–10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven, then brush immediately with the golden/light corn or date syrup. Decorate each bun with toasted chopped hazelnuts. Immediately place a damp, clean kitchen cloth on top for a few minutes to prevent the buns from going dry.

Recommended Products

    ScandiKitchen: Fika & Hygge by Bronte Aurell
    £16.99 £15.00
    Jästbolagets Kronjäst – Fresh Yeast 50g – 2-pack
    Kockens Kardemumma Malen – Ground Cardamom 30g
    Marabou Mjolkchoklad – Milk Chocolate 200g
    Kungsornen Vetemjol Finaste Kärn – Wheat Flour 2kg
    Dansukker Pärlsocker – Pearl Sugar 500g
    Rated 5.00 out of 5

Pleased to meet you, Thom

November 19, 2015 | Leave a comment

We would like you to meet… our Thom

Hi, I’m Thom, I’m half British and half Swedish. I grew up in the UK and 4 years ago decided it was about time to learn Swedish, so moved to Gothenburg and afterwards did a masters in photography there, too.

I started working in the cafe at the beginning of Advent last Christmas, helping people pick out their Christmas food. It’s fun making people happy with Christmas hams. Before I moved to Sweden I used to eat all of Scandikitchen’s buns and once had the Swedish happy birthday song sang at me by the staff! I’m now Assistant Manager and helping to organise Operation Christmas.

At the moment I’m trying to decide on my new job title. Current favourite is PhanThom Menace.

My favourite chocolate is: Marabou, Marabou, Marabou, all of the Marabou (Swiss hazelnuts, black liquorice, the orange one, the plain one, salty almonds, THE NEW KWIKK LUNSJ ONE, with salt!), Jordnötsringar (peanut flavoured ring crisps), filmjölk with homemade musli and grated apple, lingongrova bread with Skagen and ground black pepper on top or Falu crisp bread with Swedish liver pate and smörgåsgurka.

My least favourite food is surprisingly, not surströmming! You just don’t need to eat it more than once a year! I think some of the Danish cheeses are my least favourite – they can be a bit smelly.

Best track on the cafe playlist? I love Magnus Uggla’s Somertid.

Favourite open sandwich? Chicken and asparagus with basil, it’s fantastic. My three piece is that, then sweet potato salad and egg and prawn.

Best place in Scandinavia? On an island in the summer, or by a lake (warm enough to swim in) in the forrest – Delsjön outside Gothenburg is lovely.

This Christmas, I’m having a Swedish Julbord with my family in the UK on the 24th and then croissants and champagne for Christmas Day breakfast followed by presents (yes, even with our main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve my parents still make us open presents on the 25th after breakfast!) followed by a roast, probably beef. It’s all about food!

What motto do you live by? Friends and family are the best.

When I was a kid, I had three ducks called Long John Silver, Slatibartfast and Zaohod Beeblebrox (my family are Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans).

Me in ten years? Still between Sweden and the UK. Best of both worlds.

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