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The first time we were in Finland I fell in love with giant cinnamon buns. They were packed with flavor and just one sniff took me home and memories of Christmas flooded my memory. You might not think Finnish food is full of flavor, and much of it isn’t, but korvapusti are different. These cinnamon rolls are jam-packed with cinnamon and cardamom flavors and are the perfect addition to a cup of coffee.
On our last trip to Helsinki the one thing I wanted to learn how to do was to make these buns, and if there were a Finnish grandma that could teach me even better. Eija at Cafe Fleuriste was kind enough to take me under her wing and show me the ropes! I was surprised that these were a lot easier to make than I thought they would be. You only need to leave the dough for 30 minutes to rise. Don’t be put off by the amount of butter and sugar and try to cut corners. These aren’t an everyday treat but something special.
Eija was kind enough to share her recipe with me (for you all) and if you are ever in Helsinki please go visit her at Cafe Fleuriste and enjoy some of her other home-baked pastries. These will be in my baking rolodex for years to come. (Please note this recipe is in metric measurements, I have not converted it to standard yet – sorry to my American friends!)
Thank you to Cafe Fleuriste for hosting us and the #HelsinkiSecret residency for arranging this experience as well as our week in Helsinki!