I’ve never quite been able to pinpoint why, but for some reason my family have always had leanings towards Scandinavia. My brother, an artist, is just home from a month’s residency in Falun, in central Sweden and visited Norway a year or two ago; another brother has taken several trips to Finland (even if Finland isn’t technically categorised as Scandinavian, rather ‘Nordic’) and as a family we’ve been to Sweden twice, Denmark twice and Finland once. We have a miniature collection of the Arabia Finland coffee mugs, of which we are very proud. With IKEA now here in Dublin, and their in-store advertising of their cheap and delicious coffee and cinnamon buns (kanelbullar), I don’t need to go into much detail about ‘Fika‘ (the essence of which is a coffee-and-something-sweet-break; a moment of pause, either alone or with someone else).
I decided to try making these cinnamon buns and I should say that it is a rather lengthy process from start to finish. I used LondonEats‘ recipe and it worked well (I think I didn’t let mine rise for quite long enough, so they were a little less soft than they should have been, but no less delicious for it – I just smothered them with more melted butter and cinnamon sugar after I took this photo). I also didn’t have the correct mini sugar cubes for the topping, so I just used a little granulated sugar instead.