Celebrating Cinnamon Bun Day ‘Kanelbullens dag’ with Cinnamon Buns filled with creamy Vanilla Custard

In Sweden we celebrate the Cinnamon Bun Day ‘Kanelbullens dag’. The Cinnamon Bun Day started in 1999 when the Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet) celebrated its 40th anniversary. The day was created to celebrate Sweden’s rich tradition of bullar, or buns, and now it has become a tradition held every year on October 4. Enjoy todays Swedish Cinnamon Buns filled with creamy Vanilla Custard… delicious! 😀

Kanelbullar med vanilla custard

Vanilla Custard Cinnamon Buns

Recipe (makes about 50 buns)


  • 500 ml milk
  • 50 g fresh yeast
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 200 g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2.5 teaspoons cardamom
  • 1.1 kg plain flour


  • 100 g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 100 ml granulated sugar

Vanilla Custard

  • 250 ml milk
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maizena (corn starch)
  • 0.5 tablespoon plain flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 15 g butter


  • egg for brushing
  • pearl sugar

Vanilla Custard:

Start with making the Vanilla Custard.

Heat up the milk and the vanilla extract in a saucepan. Put aside. Mix the maizena (corn starch) and plain flour. Add the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk it all together.

Add a bit of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture and whisk for a bit. Thereafter, pour the egg mixture into the saucepan with the milk mixture and give it a good whisk.

Put the saucepan on a low heat and heat up until boiling. Whisk all the time.

Add the butter when the cream has thickened.

Allow the cream to cool and put it afterwards into the fridge. Stir once in a while.


Heat up the milk to 37 degrees C.

Mix all the ingredients in a kitchen aid and let the mixer work the dough for about 15 minutes until the dough is smooth and firm.

Cover the dough with a tea towel and allow it to rise for about 30 minutes.

Work the dough thoroughly on the baking table.

Cut it into two halves and roll each half out into a rectangular square.

Spread the butter, cinnamon and sugar mixture on the rectangular square of dough.

Roll the dough into a length and cut it into pieces.

Put the pieces of dough in paper cases and allow the buns to rise for about 30 minutes more under a tea towel.

Heat up the oven to 225 degrees C.

Cinnamon buns:

Pipe vanilla custard in the middle of each bun.

Brush the buns with a slightly whisked egg and sprinkle them with pearl sugar.

Bake in the middle of the oven for about 8-10 minutes.

Vanilla Custard Cinnamon Buns

Happy Cinnamon Bun Day Everyone!  😀


Happy Birthday Sugar and Spice Baking 1 year old! Sugar and Spice Baking’s Fruit Vanilla Cream Cake and Vanilla Muffins! Go Sweden! Go England!

One year ago, I started my Baking Blog, Sugar and Spice Baking, without knowledge about how to create a Blog. This year has been amazing and rewarding, despite the fact that I’ve been forced to go to the gym a bit more often.. hehehe.

My boyfriend James, gave me Mr. Croco, and for some reason I decided to involve Mr. Croco in the Blog due to that he looks a bit cute and funny with his eyes and smile. You have also met Mr. Croco’s friends, Mr. Octo and Mr. Water-Draggo, in earlier Blog posts. They are on “holiday” now, but Mr. Croco is here to celebrate with you guys. 😀 He has baked Sugar and Spice Baking’s Fruit Vanilla Cream Cake and on top of that he also baked some yummy Vanilla Muffins. I hope you all have enjoyed reading my Blog so far… More to come in the future. I wish you all a lovely Saturday and Summer! Happy Birthday Sugar and Spice Baking 1 year old! Go Sweden! Go England! Haha. 😀

Mr Croco Cake

Vanilla Muffins Mr Croco

Mr Croco and friends

Happy Birthday Sugar and Spice Baking! 😀

From England to Sweden…

17-anglo-swedish-warstockholmStockholmVisitorsBoardSkeppsholmenJeppeWikstromslottStockholmSorry for not being online so much lately. I have been pretty busy recently, but will come back more frequently in the summer. I will spend my summer in the beautiful capital of Sweden, Stockholm. 🙂 For you who haven’t been to Stockholm, here is a link to Stockholm’s website: http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/
Deffo worth a visit in the summer!! 😀

And yes… don’t miss out Sugar and Spice Baking’s 1 year Anniversary 6th July 2013!!! 😀 More Swedish recipes to come. I’m leaving the British cuisine for now and will come back with more delicious pastries in the Autumn when I am back in the UK again.

Like they say in Austria… Auf Wiedersehen!

Sugar and Spice Baking
Mr. Croco, Mr. Octo and Mr. Water-Draggo

Gingerbread Swiss roll with Lingonberry Cream

Mmmm… who doesn’t love Gingerbread? Who doesn’t love Swiss roll? How about combining those two favourites in a single yummy cake?? 😀 The Gingerbread Swiss roll with Lingonberry Cream is a spicy, creamy, moist and sweet cake. Perfect for Christmas and is also absolutely delicious all-year-round. The Swedish Lingonberry jam is a great fit to the spicy ingredients such as ginger and cloves. 😀

Gingerbread Swiss Roll with Lingonberry cream

Gingerbread Swiss Roll with Lingonberry cream 2Gingerbread Swiss Roll with Lingonberry cream 3

Recipe (makes 15 slices)

Swiss Roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 dl granulated sugar
  • 2 dl plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoon sour milk or yoghurt


  • 2 1/2 dl single cream
  • 1 1/4 dl Lingonberry jam

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees C.

Whisk eggs and sugar until fluffy.

Mix the dry ingredients. Pour them into the egg and sugar mixture and stir well. Finally, stir in the sour milk/yoghurt.

Spread the mixture over the parchment paper onto a baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 5-6 minutes.

Sweeten the cake on the surface with granulated sugar and place it on a parchment paper.

Cover the cake with a bit damp tea towel and let it cool.

Whisk the cream until fluffy and mix it with the Lingonberry jam. Spread the cream over the cake and roll it. Put it afterwards in the freezer. Take it out about 30 minutes before serving.

Gingerbread Swiss Roll with Lingonberry cream 4

Happy Gingerbread Swiss roll Baking Everyone!  😀

Swedish Christmas treat… Knäck… (Toffee with almonds)

I want to wish you ALL a HAPPY ending of year 2012 and a HAPPY beginning of year 2013! Hope you all will have an amazing New Year’s Eve filled with joy and festive celebrations. I want to end this baking year with a special Swedish treat we have for Christmas in Sweden which is called Knäck. It is a yummy toffee filled of sweet chopped almonds. Mmmmm… 😀



Happy New Year

Ready for the recipe? 😀 Very simple and tasty! 😀

Recipe (makes about 75)

  • 2 dl whipped cream
  • 2 dl granulated sugar
  • 2 dl golden syrup
  • 25-50 gr chopped sweet almond
  • knäck paper cases

merry xmas

Put the knäck paper cases on a baking sheet.

Heat all the ingredients, except the sweet almonds, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, for 20-25 minutes.

Stir from time to time meanwhile the toffee mixture is cooking.

Knäck som kokar

When the mixture is almost done, stir the chopped sweet almonds into the mixture.

With help of two teaspoons pour the mixture down into each paper case.

Allow the mixture to set.

Store the Knäck in the fridge or in a cool dry place.


Happy Knäck Baking & A Happy New Year! 😀

Charity – baking for homeless people … Vanilla buns

Vanilla Bun

Over 100 million people are homeless around the world. Things we take for granted such as having access to a toilet is something over 2.5 billion people worldwide can’t take for granted. Lots of women are scared to go out late in the evenings or in the night to perform their needs due to the high risk to become abused. In 2001, the World Toilet Organisation, declared 19 November  World Toilet Day. The aim was  to raise global awareness about that so many people are living without access to sanitation.

No Change, No Hope

It’s difficult to calculate how many people who are homeless in the UK. One reason is that the are various forms of homelessness for instance rough sleeping, hidden homelessness, hostels and supported accommodation etc. One website I looked at stressed that there are about one million homeless people in the UK. The conclusion is that even in well-developed countries such as UK, there are still lots of people who don’t have a proper home. In Sweden, there are about 34 000 individuals who are homeless. Luckily the councils have become better at solving the issues surrounding  homelessness, so less people are sleeping on the street than before.

I have never been homeless so I can never imagine how it feels to not have a proper home. I can only imagine how horrible it must be.  I am spoiled with lots of warm water, a clean toilet and warm & cosy home. The winters in Sweden are sometimes very cold and often it’s not so pleasant to go out when it’s about minus 10-15 degrees Celsius and the cold icy wind is stroking your chin. Ten minutes feels like a very long time when you have to go home from the train station, but I am lucky that I have a warm home to go home to.

Think about the people who have to walk around for hours in the icy weather and probably have nowhere to sleep. I met a homeless person at the train station in Sweden before I had my exam in Law. He was asking for money and I asked him why he hadn’t tried to get any help from the council. The man replied that he was “too old, so he couldn’t get any help”. I also asked him how it feels to be homeless in the winters. He told me that it’s horrible and you have to walk around all the time in the nights when the train stations are closed just so you will not freeze to death. He had met a homeless man who just fell asleep and never woke up.

Certainly, many individuals do have a choice they can make such as the man from the train station, but he didn’t want any help from the society. Furthermore, maybe he didn’t want to stop drinking so he could change his life. Some people don’t have a choice. They might live in a society without a proper social welfare system and when you have to rely on your relatives and where money is something which lots of people are struggling with. I read articles about that the Swedish Clothing company H&M who only pay their wage earners in Cambodia 3 Swedish crowns per hour (about 0.47 USD, 0.29 GBP). Women are forced to work more hours than their health allows to them to do. Despite that they have to borrow money to buy food. When you are going to the supermarket and complaining about the food they have there just take a second to think about the people who want to buy food because they are starving, but they don’t have enough money to do it…

My Christmas charity task for this year has been to bake more than 100 vanilla buns for some of the homeless people. I gave them today to an organisation in Swindon in the UK which is called Threshold                                                                              (http://www.thl.org.uk/Threshold/Home.html). 😀 Threshold’s aim is to help the homeless people by for instance supplying safe sheltering. Thankfully, they accepted my gift and were happy and grateful to deliver the buns to the people who are homeless. 😀

Here comes the Vanilla bun recipe 😀 😀

Recipe (makes 40 buns) 


  • 50 gr fresh yeast
  • 150 gr unsalted butter
  • 4 dl whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dl granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch of Swedish hjorthornssalt
  • about 13 dl plain flour


  • 3 dl vanilla custard 

For brushing 

  • melted unsalted butter 
  • granulated sugar

Crumble the yeast in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pot, pour the milk into the same saucepan and heat up to 37 degrees C.

Pour the milk over the yeast and stir until melted. Add the eggs, granulated sugar, salt, hjorthornssalt and plain flour.

Work the dough until smooth and firm. Leave in bowl and let it rise under a tea towel for about 30 minutes. Kneed it a bit and shape the dough into round balls.

shape balls

Flatten the balls, put a teaspoon of vanilla custard on each of them and shape them into a golf ball sized ball. Place the “ugly” side down into the papercase.

Let the buns rise on a baking sheet for about 40 minutes and then bake them in the middle of the oven at 225 degrees C for about 6-8 minutes (until golden brown).

golden brown

Let them cool on a wire rack.

Brush the buns with melted butter and dip them in granulated sugar.





Can be frozen.

vanilla buns


vanilla buuuuns


Ready to go! 

Ready to go

Outside Culvery Court; The main hostel! 

Culvery Court

Happy Vanilla Bun Baking! 😀