Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.
The Swedes like their buns sweet and cinnamony
The cinnamon bun's tender, ever-so-slightly sweet dough is wrapped around a gooey, mahogany-colored interior painted with fragrant cinnamon. The top is drizzled with a pristine glaze that inches down the hot and steamy sides. This crown jewel among pastries is so popular in Sweden, the country has even devoted a day to them. On October 4, the official Cinnamon Bun Day, Fika at the American Swedish Institute will join in celebrating this customary Swedish treat.
The day is known as Kanelbullens (Cinnamon Bun) Dag (day), which, let's be honest, is just fun to say. The day was created in 1999 when the Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet - also fun to say) celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Held every October 4, Kanelbullens Dag celebrates Sweden's rich bullar (buns) history. Since nothing goes better with cinnamon or cardamom buns than a black cup of coffee, it makes sense that Fika, which translates to "coffee break," would be the perfect place to celebrate the day.