Kanelbullens Dag

It’s really good to grow up in a family that remembers its Swedish traditions. The goodness is especially happy when it comes to food holidays. Today happens to be one of those delightful food days in Sweden.  I like to celebrate along with those lucky Swedes today to enjoy a fresh, tempting Kanelbulle and coffee.

Today is Kanelbullens Dag or, translated to English, cinnamon bun day.  Swedes and their bretheren in other Scandinavian countries are famous for wonderful pastries and other bakery delights.  But Sweden goes one better, by creating a holiday that celebrates one of that country’s famous delights.

My great aunt Emma was our family’s best cook and baker, hands down.  Her mouth watering Kanelbullen were special treats in the Autumn and Winter for her visitors.  Emma used the traditional Swedish recipe that was passed down from her own grandmother in Sweden.  Our family got to celebrate Kanelbullens Dag long before the official holiday was declared. You just haven’t lived unless you’ve had a traditional Swedish cinnamon roll.

Despite the fact that Swedes have been baking and indulging in Kanelbullen for ages, Kanelbullens Dag is a very recent addition to Swedish cultural events.  The national day of cinnamon buns began in 1999 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Hembakningsrådet or home baking association.  It appears that the Hembakningsrådet was established to promote and market baking ingredients and equipment along American promotional organizational techniques.

The first industries to form the Hembakningsrådet were the Saltsjökvarn (flour and grains), Kungsörnen (flour), Jästbolaget (yeast producers), Margarinbolaget (margarine), and Sockerbolaget (sugar) industries. To celebrate their 40th year of collaboration, the Hembakningsrådet decided to devote a day to the most popular Swedish pastry item, the Kanelbulle.

What makes a great cinnamon bun?  Well, it’s certainly not one of those nasty things that comes out of a bisquit tube in the supermarket dairy case.  The best ones are baked at home with lots of tender loving care.  The next best come from a traditional bakery.  I’m thinking that I’d need to drive to one of the Nebraska towns that was settled by Swedish immigrants.  That’s quite a drive, even for a scrumptious Kanelbulle.  So, I’ll have to be satisfied with a trip to the bakery department at the local Hy-Vee.

I know that I’ll be thinking of my great aunt Emma when I sit down to savor a fresh Kanelbulle with a hot cup of Kaffe.

Hej då

The Blue Jay of Happiness has this link to another Swedish food holiday: https://bluejayblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/vaffeldagen/

About swabby429

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