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Recipe – here’s how to bake genuine Swedish buns

Swedish Fika has become an international concept, and actually this Swedish tradition is believed to have started here in West Sweden. Now you can also invite people to a traditional Swedish fika by using the Hvita Hjorten’s fantastic Cardamom Bun recipe. Good luck!

Swedish Cardamom Buns

Step 1 – make the dough

Ingredients in the dough:

  • 6 decilitres (dl) milk
  • 225g butter at room temperature
  • 50g fresh yeast
  • 2.25 dl granulated sugar
  • 2 tbspn of freshly ground green cardamom seeds
  • 2 tspn ground cardamom
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 15–17 dl strong white flour
  • 2 eggs

Do as follows:

  1. Warm the milk to 37˚C with the cardamom.
  2. Add the yeast and the other ingredients
  3. Knead to a smooth, slightly wet dough
  4. Let the dough double in size, covered with a damp cloth

Step 2 – shape the buns

Ingredients in the filling:

  • 300g butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbspn ground cinnamon
  • 1.5 dl caster sugar
  • 1 tbspn vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbspn ground cardamom

Do as follows:

  1. Mix together the filling ingredients
  2. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured board
  3. Spread the filling on the dough
  4. Form into your choice of bun shape (eg spirals or knots)
  5. Let the buns rise about 45 minutes under a damp cloth


Photographer: Jesper Anhede

Step 3 – baking

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbspn milk

Do as follow:

  1. Preheat the oven to 210˚C
  2. Mix the egg and the milk for the glaze
  3. Brush the buns with the glaze
  4. Bake for around 5 minutes at 210˚C then sink the temperature to 200˚C and bake for a further 3 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.


Step 4 – decoration

Ingredients for the decoration:

  • 1 dl water
  • 2 tbspn syrup
  • 1 tbspn honey
  • 2 tbspn brown butter
  • 1 dl granulated sugar
  • 2 tspn ground cardamom

Do as follows:

  1. Mix the water, syrup, honey and brown butter
  2. Brush the mixture on the warm freshly baked buns
  3. Mix the sugar and ground cardamom
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over the buns
  5. Delicious served with a glass of milk or a cup of freshly brewed coffee!


Hvita Hjorten – A restaurant that relies on local ingredients

Right next to Läckö Castle lies the Hvita Hjorten (which means The White Hart) restaurant. As early as the second half of the 1600s Count Magnus de la Gardie had permitted the building of an inn here, and the name Hvita Hjorten is thought to originate from one of the Count’s boats. Today two head chefs, Katrin Ljungblom and Stefan Söderholm, work with gardeners from Läckö Castle’s Little Castle Garden, which means that the restaurant gets freshly grown, top quality produce delivered the day it is picked. Ingredients are also sourced from professional Lake Vänern fishermen as well as local farmers and hunters. It couldn’t be any more sustainable.

Photographer: Jonas Ingman

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