One of America’s Favorites – the Cinnamon Roll

August 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM | Posted in cooking, dessert, Food | 6 Comments
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A cinnamon roll (also cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl and cinnamon snail is a sweet roll served commonly in Northern Europeand

A cinnamon roll with glaze

North America. It consists of a rolled sheet of yeast-leavened dough onto which a cinnamon and sugar mixture (and raisins or chopped grapes in some cases) is sprinkled over a thin coat of butter. The dough is then rolled, cut into individual portions, and baked. In North America, cinnamon rolls are frequently topped with icing (often confectioner’s sugar based) or glaze of some sort. In northern Europe, nib sugar is often used instead of icing.

In Sweden, the country of its presumed origin, the cinnamon roll takes the name of kanelbulle (literally: “cinnamon bun”) and October 4 has more recently started to be promoted as “kanelbullens dag” (Cinnamon roll day). A German variety originating in Hamburg and its surroundings is the Franzbrötchen.


The size of a cinnamon roll varies from place to place, but many vendors supply a smaller size about 5 centimetres (2.0 in) in diameter

A ‘loaf’ of raw cinnamon roll dough

and a larger size about 10 centimetres (3.9 in) to a side. The largest variety can be found in Finland, called Korvapuusti, where it can be up to 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in diameter and weighing 200 grams (7.1 oz).
The Finnish “Boston cake” is a “cake” made by baking cinnamon rolls in a round cake pan instead of baking them separately, so that they stick together to form a round cake.


A honey bun is a version of the cinnamon bun that is popular in the southeast United States. “A honey bun is a fried yeast pastry that contains honey and a swirl of cinnamon in the dough and is glazed with icing. According to legend, Howard Griffin of Griffin Pie Co. in Greensboro, North Carolina, developed the first honey bun in 1954. Flowers Foods acquired Griffin Pie Co. in 1983. Although the Greensboro bakery is now closed, honey buns remain a best-seller for Flowers.” Unlike cinnamon buns, which are generally the product of bakeries, honey buns are common convenience store and vending machine fare. Normally sold individually wrapped, alone or in boxes of 6 or more, they are a popular grab-and-go breakfast, eaten cold or heated in a microwave oven.
Honey buns are often an important food item for American jails and prisons. Because few prison and jail food items have high amounts of flavor and sugar, and because alcohol is not permitted in the prison gates, honey buns are one of the few legal delicacies present in American prisons. Some prisoners come to jails and prisons as addicts, and they become addicted to honey buns since they are unable to consume previous substances that they were addicted to.


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  1. I am giving this recipe a try now. I will let you know how it goes 🙂

    • found the actual recipe and instructions in my British Bakeoff book

    • Yes, let me know!

  2. Reblogged this on skinnykitchenchef and commented:
    This have given me some inspiration to try and make some cinnamon buns myself! The dough is just proving at the moment, recipe to follow later 🙂

    • What’s any better than a warm Cinnamon Roll with that icing dripping down the sides!

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