Breakfast treat

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Scandic Simonketta

Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Friday, December 28, 2012

I had to include this entry because it's just the yummiest food. CINNAMON BUN or in Finnish 'korvapuusti'. Mainly found in the south of the country. It's not buttery like a Danish, it's more like a coffee scroll pastry. Woven through each later is cinnamon & sugar. It does glorious sensations in your mouth. Brilliant for breakfast & especially necessary as a snack when you take a coffee break to warm up.

Here's the recipe.

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes


  • For pastries:

  • 1 cup lukewarm milk

  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter (room temperature)

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp. salt

  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground cardamom

  • 1 beaten egg plus 1 beaten egg for final glaze

  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour

  • Pearl sugar or rock sugar for dusting

  • .

  • For filling:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 heaping Tbsp. cinnamon


In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, 4 Tbsp. melted butter, yeast, and sugar. Allow to sit 10 minutes until yeast begins to bubble. Stir in salt, cardamom, and beaten egg, then gradually stir in 4-5 cups flour until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. If using a stand-mixer, switch to a dough hook; knead at level 3 or 4 for 7 minutes. If kneading by hand, work the dough until it is smooth, shiny, and has lost most of its stickiness. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or cling wrap, and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled.

Punch down dough, then divide into two equal halves. Roll each half into a 8x14 rectangle; brush each half with melted butter then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Starting from the long side, tightly roll each half into a long "snake"; with a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts every 2 inches to make 7 triangular rolls (14 total).

Place each roll, point up, on slightly greased cookie sheets, then use a finger or a spoon to press down each tip to form ear-shaped rolls. Cover with clean towels and allow to rise another hour, until doubled.

Preheat oven to 400F. Brush each roll with beaten egg, sprinkle with pearl sugar, and bake on center rack for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yield: 14 large korvapuusti.

****  Cristina or Garry, you definetely should learn to make these!
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La on

mmmm testify! i had one at ikea.. ..well half, mum stole it :O

sonia72 on

Just had one for breakfast minus the cream but with a huge soon of berries. They have berries galore in Scandinavia. Love it! God, I really should stop talking about food.

jalobro on

I'll have to lend you my Finnish cookbook. Or at least have you read it to me :D

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