Our Inventory & Accounts Manager, Kristin, shares her mother’s recipe for these delicious pastries. Raised in Stockholm, Kristin has been making these buns since she was a little girl. Her favourite way to enjoy them is fresh and warm from the oven with a cold glass of milk. But as our lucky office team can attest, they are equally devoured with a cup of strong, rich coffee or tea.

Ingredients for the dough

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 500ml milk
  • 50g fresh yeast
  • 100-150g granulated or caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground cardamon
  • 800g plain flour

For the filling

  • 150-200g very soft butter; (N.B. butter that's too hard will break the dough)
  • 100-150g sugar
  • approx 50g cinnamon
  • approx 1 tbsp cardamom
  • 2-3 eggs, beaten
  • pearl sugar



  1. Make the dough: heat milk until lukewarm, approx 37°C; dice butter into the milk and stir until melted; if needed, you can put it on low heat, as long as mixture stays below 37°C

  2. Crumble the yeast into a mixing bowl; add the milk and butter mixture and stir until the yeast is dissolved

  3. Add sugar, salt and cardamon

  4. Add the flour a little at a time and work to a uniform, even dough

  5. Let rise for 30 mins under a clean tea towel

  6. Tip the dough out onto a clean, floured surface and gently knead it; divide dough into 4 pieces

  7. Use a rolling pin to evenly roll out 1 piece of dough at a time to a long rectangular shape, approx 0.5cm thick

  8. Spread a thick layer of butter over your dough; generously sprinkle sugar on it; add an even layer of cinnamon; dust with a touch of cardamon

  9. From the long side, roll your dough into a log; slice into 7 pieces; repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of dough

  10. Put the buns cut side up in muffin cases or directly onto a parchment-lined baking sheet

  11. Cover again with the tea towel and let rise for another 30 minutes; preheat oven 225°C

  12. Brush the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle generously with pearl sugar

  13. Bake in the middle of the oven for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown in colour; let cool on a cooling rack under a tea towel


BK Tips

  • Pearl sugar can be found in the Baking Decoration section of most supermarkets or Scandinavian speciality grocers