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Nichole Accettola's Cinnamon Knots (Kanelbullar)

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The fall is a festive but hectic season in my family when all three of my children and two of my closest friends have birthdays. By the end of it, I’ve usually had more than my fair share of streamers, popping balloons, and layer cakes. While Danes prefer delicious, airy whipped cream and fresh fruit layer cakes to be served at birthday parties, according to my Swedish friends there’s no need to eat cake at all. Instead, a special day like this calls for Swedish cinnamon knots. When you taste these, you may agree. Unlike the American cinnamon buns that I grew up on in Ohio, traditional Swedish cinnamon knots have no icing and just a sprinkle of crunchy sugar on top. These knots are chewy and succulent, with a unique shaping technique that resembles a pile of silky ribbons.

Excerpt from Scandinavian from Scratch: A Love Letter to the Baking of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden [A Baking Book]

3 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ cup whole milk
½ cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces, at room temperature, plus more for greasing
1½ cups whole milk
4½ cups all-purpose flour
2½ tsp kosher salt
1 egg
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1⁄3 cup sugar
½ cup plus 3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 heaping tbsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp kosher salt
1 egg
3 tbsp Swedish pearl sugar
Soft Bun Dough
Tangzhong
  • 3

    tbsp all-purpose flour

  • ½

    cup whole milk

Dough
  • ½

    cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) pieces, at room temperature, plus more for greasing

  • cups whole milk

  • cups all-purpose flour

  • tsp kosher salt

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    tbsp active dry yeast

  • 1⁄3

    cup sugar

Filling
  • ½

    cup plus 3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • ¾

    cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1

    heaping tbsp ground cinnamon

  • ½

    tsp kosher salt

To Finish
  • 1

    egg

  • 3

    tbsp Swedish pearl sugar

Directions

Nichole Accettola's Cinnamon Knots (Kanelbullar)

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