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!)
These delicious Scandinavian treats are sure to make everyone who tries a bite fall in love!
For the Dough:
- 50 grams fresh yeast
- 150 grams unsalted butter
- 6 deciliters whole milk
- 2 deciliters sugar
- 3 Tablespoons ground cardamom
- 1 – 1.5 liters flour
- 1 egg
- sugar crystals or sliced almonds for topping
For the Filling:
- 100 grams butter per half of the dough
- 1,5 deciliters sugar
- ground cinnamon
- Melt the butter, add milk and warm up on the stove until just lukewarm.
- Whisk butter and milk with yeast, sugar, and cardamom
- Add flour until the dough just comes together. It should still be very soft.
- Let the dough stand in a warm place for about 30 minutes to rise slightly.
- Cut the doubt in half. Flour a cutting board and gently roll out the dough until it is about 1.5-2cm
- thick and a rectangle.
- Use a cheese slicer or knife to slice pieces of butter – you will want to cover most of the dough with slices of butter.
- Sprinkle sugar over the entire surface of the dough, repeat with the cinnamon.
- Starting at the bottom of the dough, begin rolling upwards, keeping the dough as tightly wound as possible until you have a log.
- With a knife cut the dough at an angle, into a triangle shape but leave the tip of the triangle flat instead of pointed.
- Place each of the triangles onto a baking sheet. Sit the triangle on the long edge and use your finger to press down on the top, flat edge to shape the buns. Repeat.
- Whip with beaten egg yolk and add sugar or almonds on the top of each roll
- Bake 10-15 minutes at 200 °C
Thank you to Cafe Fleuriste for hosting us and the #HelsinkiSecret residency for arranging this experience as well as our week in Helsinki!
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