Sunday, 22 December 2013

Swedish Cinnamon rolls/Kanel Snegle

I have been out from Kolkata for almost two weeks now and have been enjoying an amazing and relaxing time in Allahabad. Vaanya is enjoying the most having found a friend in Tunnu, our kitten. Its a visual treat to see Vaanya and Tunnu play and enjoy each other's company. Vaanya teases her by pulling a piece of rope and Tunnu tries to catch it which she finally does by jumping on it. Tunnu loves to sneak upto Vaanya and play with her shoe. 
I have been enjoying doing nothing and spending some quality time with Vaanya and enjoying some amazing and yummy food made by Amma. With Christmas nearing I had a tough time gearing myself for some bakes and finally managed to do so by attempting these Swedish Cinnamon rolls which was part of our November 'We Knead to bake' Challenge. It came out exceedingly well with the amazing fragrance and flavour of Cinnamon and the beautiful hint of lemon. I shaped them like a Christmas tree for some fun holiday bake.

Recipe source : Aparna

Ingredients : makes 16-17 rolls

  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • All starter
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cardamoms, powdered
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar, powdered
  • 45 gm butter, at room temperature
  • 55 gm butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar/brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup almonds, blanched, dried and coarsely powdered
  • milk for brushing
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling

Mix all ingredients under starter into a sticky dough. Place in an large oiled bowl, loosely cover it and refrigerate overnight. 
The next day take it out and leave for 30 mins to come to room temperature. 
Tear the starter to large pieces and place in a bowl.
Sift flour, cardamom and salt and add to the starter.
Mix in lemon zest and sugar.
Now add butter and knead till you get a smooth and elastic dough.
Roll the dough to a rectangle roughly 20x12". 
Make filling by mixing butter, sugar and cinnamon powder.
Spread the filling all over the rolled dough.
Sprinkle the coarsely ground almonds all over.
Tightly roll the dough from the shorter end and cut into 16 equal pieces with a knife. 
Place them on a butter paper/parchment lined baking tray. I placed 11 pieces together in a tree shape and put the others on the sides. 
Let them rise for 10-15 mins.
Preheat oven to 200 degree Celsius.
Brush them with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake for 15 mins or till they brown well. 


  • You can use brown sugar for sprinkling on top for a better looking roll.
  • The lemon zest adds an amazing flavour to the rolls, so do not consider omitting it. 
  • Blanch almonds in boiling water for 2 minutes and remove the skin. Dry roast in a pan on medium heat. Cool and grind to get ground almonds.
Sending this recipe to Kolkata Food Blogger's ongoing baking event 'Baking Palooza 2013'

Happy Cinnamon rolls relishing



  1. Hello Amrita, Reading your post I can smell the heavenly aroma of cinnamon wafting through!
    Your Christmas decorations look so interesting, so colourful. I am looking forward to seeing Vaanya's pictures with the cute Tunnu!

    1. Hi Namita, these rolls are amazing. Will send you some pics of Vaanu and Tunnu soon.



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