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Happy Kanelbullens Dag!

Hej everyone! Welcome to my blog post of the week! In the world of delightful food holidays, few can rival the sheer scrumptiousness of Kanelbullens Dag, which translates to “Cinnamon Bun Day” in English. Observed annually on October 4th in Sweden, this day pays homage to one of the world’s most beloved baked goods—the cinnamon bun. Let’s delve into why Kanelbullens Dag is, in my opinion, one of the best days of the year.

Enjoying a kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) outside of KTH Entré

The Origin Story

Kanelbullens Dag has a heartwarming backstory that makes it even more special. According to the local, the tradition started in Sweden in 1999, thanks to the Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet). Their mission was simple: to promote the art of baking at home. So, they designated October 4th as the official day to celebrate the cinnamon bun, an iconic Swedish pastry deeply rooted in the nation’s culinary culture. You can read more about the history of the cinnamon bun and how it became one of Sweden’s top picks for fika here.

A Classic Sweet Treat: Cinnamon Buns

The cinnamon bun is the main attraction of Kanelbullens Dag. These golden, spiral-shaped treats are baked from a cinnamon-sugar-infused sweet dough. The dough is rolled out, and then the cinnamon-sugar mixture is carefully folded in, before being skilfully molded into spiral buns or intricate knots. The cinnamon bun is made better by the addition of pearl sugar.

Baking and Sharing for a Day

In addition to enjoying these delicious treats, Kanelbullens Dag is also about getting together with loved ones to prepare and share these treats. Sharing a cinnamon bun over a cup of coffee or kneading dough together in the comfort of a home kitchen is an age-old practice that draws people together. It’s a day when the enticing scent of cinnamon and sugar brings people closer together.

I decided to try out a non traditional cinnamon bun that had rhubarb in it and I absolutely loved it!

Kanelbullens Dag, the day when cinnamon buns are celebrated, embodies the spirit of warmth, togetherness, and culinary ingenuity. It’s a day to enjoy the finer things in life, like the flavor of a well-loved pastry. Celebrate one of the most delectable days of the year on October 4 by filling your house with the spicy scent of cinnamon. Kanelbullens Dag is a day to relish these delicious buns, whether you make them from yourself or treat yourself at a neighborhood café.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Lorenzo’s post about his internship experience this summer here.