Tea Time Treats: Sweden and Kazakhstan

Tea time is one of my favorite times of day. I may not get to sit and sip quietly but I cling to my 3pm caffeine by means of some hot tea. If you are able to sit and enjoy tea, the best way to enhance it is with some nibbles. Today we will turn to Sweden and Kazakhstan for some delicious tea time treats.



This is a Swedish cinnamon roll, only better! The dough has a touch of cardamom in it and of course a yummy cinnamon filling. These are also surprisingly easy to make. For the recipe we will turn to Gimme Some Oven, in my opinion, one of the best recipe hubs on the internet.

You can find the recipe for kanelbuller here.

The dough requires adding melted and warmed milk to flour, yeast, sugar, salt and cardamom. The stand mixer does the work and then you leave it to rise for 1 hour.

During that time you can make the cinnamon filling.

Next comes the shaping, roll out the dough, smear on the cinnamon filling. Then fold the dough and cut into strips.

Thankfully the recipe comes with all sorts of helpful tips on how to shape them, I pinched one end between two fingers, twisted it and wrapped the dough around my pinched fingers a couple times before releasing the dough and wrapping some more creating an X. Tuck the end in and you’re done 🙂

Let them rise again, brush with egg and top with pearl sugar. I didn’t have Swedish pearl sugar, I had cheap American sugar pearls… they’re not the same… something I learned after making them. Luckily for us, they still tasted delicious!

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Then finally, bake.

Now it is time to put your feet up and enjoy a fika with a good cup of coffee and a warm kanelbuller.

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Apples come from Kazakhstan. It’s true! The ancestor of the domestic apple is the Malus sieversii and it grows wild in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kazakhstan. So naturally we just had to make an apple pie.

I scoured the internet for an authentic Kazakh apple pie recipe and I found one picture over and over again, but sadly no recipe. Until finally I found one in Spanish!

Thanks to google translate and some trial and error I now have a new favorite apple pie!

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Kazakhstan Apple Pie


4 apples
180 g of brown sugar, plus extra
1 Tbs lemon juice
4 eggs
120 g wheat flour
Icing sugar to decorate


Peel and core the apples, and cut into thin slices

In a large bowl combine the apples with the sugar and lemon juice.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs and add the flour.

Add the batter to the to the apples and mix.

Pour the mixture into a well buttered pie pan

Add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar to the top as well as a few pieces of butter.

Bake at 180ºC or 350ºF for 35 minutes

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Allow to cool some before dusting the top with powdered sugar. Slice and enjoy warm or cold.

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