Finnish Cinnamon Pastries (Korvapuusti)

Traditional Finnish cinnamon rolls. JuhaHuiskonen/Getty Images
  • 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 2 hrs 15 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 14 korvapuusti (14 servings)
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Your kids will stand in line for Finland's version of "slapped ears," cardamom buns filled with brown sugar and cinnamon.

What You'll Need

  • For the Pastries:
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 4 tbsp. melted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 pkg. dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)​
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. cardamom (freshly ground)
  • 1 beaten egg (plus 1 beaten egg for final glaze)
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Garnish: pearl sugar or rock sugar for dusting
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tbsp. cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, 4 Tbsp. melted butter, yeast, and sugar. Allow to sit 10 minutes until yeast begins to bubble. Stir in salt, cardamom, and beaten egg, then gradually stir in 4-5 cups flour until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. If using a stand-mixer, switch to a dough hook; knead at level 3 or 4 for 7 minutes. If kneading by hand, work the dough until it is smooth, shiny, and has lost most of its stickiness. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or cling wrap, and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled.
  1. Punch down dough, then divide into two equal halves. Roll each half into a 8x14 rectangle; brush each half with melted butter then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Starting from the long side, tightly roll each half into a long "snake"; with a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts every 2 inches to make 7 triangular rolls (14 total).
  2. Place each roll, point up, on slightly greased cookie sheets, then use a finger or a spoon to press down each tip to form ear-shaped rolls. Cover with clean towels and allow to rise another hour, until doubled.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush each roll with beaten egg, sprinkle with pearl sugar, and bake on center rack for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.