Secret Ingredients in Finnish Cinnamon Buns

December 24, 2010 Katja Presnal

Secret Ingredients in Finnish Cinnamon Buns

Happy Holidays! I made these yummy cinnamon buns this morning. I’ll share my Finnish cinnamon bun recipe later this winter, but wanted to reveal two secrets how Finnish cinnamon buns are different from the ones you are used to eating in the US. The essential ingredient is cardamon – you can not make cinnamon buns, or any buns, or pulla, without cardamon. You can find cardamon in pods (you will need to crack them open to get it out) in natural food stores, or just in a normal spice jar, which is more difficult, because cardamon isn’t a common spice. I usually find it at natural food stores, and just lately have started seeing cardamon in normal grocery stores here in New York. The second secret ingredient is pearl sugar. It’s just coarse sugar, nothing that special, but again, not very common in the US – very common in Scandinavia. You can find pearl sugar from specialty stores, world markets and premiere grocery stores. I have bought some in Scandinavian gift stores and also at IKEA. You can find some also at Lars Own.

Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work. Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners. She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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  1. You can find REAL cardamon at – they have the most amazing spices! I agree, once you use cardamon you can’t go back to what Americans think is cinnamon!

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