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Orange Cardamom Cinnamon Buns

For a sophisticated take on the morning bun, try Cinnamon’s refined older sister, Cardamom. She plays well with Orange.

3 Hours 30 Minutes

12-16 buns

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How to do it


  • 1.2 dl warm milk

  • 2 tbsp instant yeast

  • 3 large eggs

  • 500 gr all purpose flour

  • 100 gr cornstarch

  • 65 gr granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 1 ½ tbsp freshly ground cardamom

  • Zest of 1 orange

  • Juice of 1 orange

  • 170 gr unsalted butter


  • 100 gr brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tbsp ground cardamom

  • ½ tbsp sea salt

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter


  • 100 gr confectioners' sugar

  • 100 gr cream cheese

  • Juice of 1 orange

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together the whole milk and instant yeast, followed by the eggs.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, salt, cardamom and orange zest. Break apart any clumps of zest if necessary. Attach the dough hook, turn the mixer on low speed and add the warm milk mixture followed by the orange juice. Allow the ingredients to combine for one minute. Increase the speed to medium and add the butter in pieces until it's all incorporated. The dough will be very wet. Allow it to continue mixing for 10 minutes. If the dough is still looking wet, add up to another 35 gr of flour in 2 tablespoon increments. The dough should be very soft and delicate but not too sticky to handle. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased large bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to double in size, up to 2 hours. To speed things up, place the bowl inside the oven or microwave next to a small bowl of boiling water and close the door.

  • While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and salt in a bowl. Grease 2.5 cm cake pans thoroughly and set aside.

  • Place the dough on a lightly floured countertop. Roll the dough into a large, thin rectangle. Using clean hands, spread the butter across the dough, leaving a small border around the edges, and then top evenly with the sugar mixture. Roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Cut into 12 or 16 even pieces and place in the reserved cake pans, cut side up. Cover and allow to double in size, approximately 1 hour.

  • Prepare the glaze by whisking together the confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, orange juice and vanilla extract. Set aside.

  • Bake the buns at 180 degrees C for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Top each pan with 0.5 dl of the glaze and allow the buns to cool completely. Top with the remaining glaze before serving.

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