Kardamummaboller/Kardamummabullar/Cardamom buns – Swedish Cardamom Rolls

Boller, Bolle or bulle means Sweet buns, the attraction of Swedish Coffee time or fika. Swedish Fika aka Coffee breaks is like Chinese Tea time, it is intertwined with their daily lifestyles. They say, it is very common to meet a friend/or getting to know a person, over coffee and a bulle than beer for the weekend. It is said even many companies have coffee meeting rituals in the afternoon. Wish i was born there!!!
Coming to today’s attraction, cardamom buns, oh my i drool as i spell that name. There are variety of bulle’s the popular being Kanelbullar/Cinnamon buns and the next Karademummabullar/Cardamom buns. These can be made with chocolate, raisins too. 
I have tried those sweet cinnamony buns previously for We Knead to Bake event. These buns are inspired from the same recipe. I have used the same measurements, just replaced the cinnamon filling with cardamom filling.
I must say, the whole family fell in love with this cardamom bun, we were in a state of trance! Every bite in to this soft, sweet, a bit sticky buns transported us Forth & Back to Heaven & Earth. No, i m not exaggerating the taste. You must taste it to believe it!
Do remember to remove the outer cover of the cardamoms and take only the seeds  and make a powder of it. If you are going to follow this recipe you might need 1 tbsp of cardamom seeds. I have used my mortar-pestle to powder them. 
The sponge is made of whole wheat flour, so i have added 1 tbsp of gluten, if using All purpose flour, skip that part. 
The sponge is made the previous night and rested for 8 hours in the refrigerator. This makes it easy to make these buns for the next day morning or evening snack. Do try and let me know how you loved them.

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For the Sponge
1 cup Whole Wheat flour
1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 tsp instant yeast
1 cup warm milk
For the dough
1 cup Whole Wheat flour
all of the above sponge
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder, freshly pounded
3 tbsp butter
For the Filling
5 tbsp butter
4 tbsp brown sugar
1.5 tsp cardamom powder, freshly pounded

1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp cardamom powder


  • Heat everything until the sugar melts, keep it aside until use. Better to make it at the end, so it is still warm when you brush the buns with this.
For the sponge
  • Mix in all the ingredients for the sponge. Since i have used whole wheat flour, i needed 1 cup milk, if using all purpose flour, you might require only 1/2 cup milk. Mix all the ingredients together, stir using a wooden spoon.
  • Refrigerate the contents overnight. The flour will double in volume, so make sure the container is big enough to hold it.

To make the dough.

  • Next day remove the sponge from the refrigerator an hour before making the dough. I have used my food processor to make the dough. 
  • In the food processor, add all of sponge, wheat flour, sugar, cardamom powder and start kneading. As the dough starts to form, add the butter and knead for another 2-3  minutes. Remove kneaded dough on to a well-oiled bowl. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
  • While the dough is resting, make the filling. Mix all the ingredients together and keep aside until use.
  • AFter the resting time, dust the working surface with flour, roll the dough into a rectangle measuring 15×30 rectangle. I made the mistake of stretching the dough too thin, so the buns were flat. 
  • While rolling the dough i made the mistake of stretching it too thin, so my buns weren’t fluffy, but little flat. But neverthless the taste was spot-on. So remember even if you dont follow a scale, do not stretch it too thin.
  • Spread the filling on to the rolled out dough. fold the dough into half. cut the dough itno 8-10 strips. 
  • Cut each strip ressembling pants,leaving one end intact. Twist each strip and roll them into a ball, tuck the loose end under the roll, resembling a cute bun.  
  • Repeat the same with rest of the dough strips.  Let the buns rest for 10 minutes. Brush the top of the rolls with milk.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 25-28 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Once done, remove the rolls from the oven, Brush the top with warm syrup, let it rest on the wired rack. Serve them warm with coffee.
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