Snapshots from Sweden: Giant Cinnamon Buns from Café Husaren in Gothenburg

From June 5 to June 11, I visited Western and Southern Sweden on a trip sponsored by Visit Sweden, West Sweden Tourist Board, Skåne Tourist Board, and Volvo as part of their CAR + VACATION contest. Here's a look at something I ate during my trip.

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[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

20110614-cafe-husaren-exterior.jpgI only ate one cinnamon bun (or "kanelbulle" in Swedish) during my week-long trip in Sweden, which seems a bit low for being in a country where cinnamon buns run rampant (like in its neighboring country, Norway, which I've talked about before)—but damn, did I make that one cinnamon bun count. Because it was the largest cinnamon bun I'd ever seen. Not something that would break a world record, but for something readily available from a cafe, pretty huge.

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To get your human head-sized cinnamon bun on, head to Café Husaren in Haga, Gothenburg. You can't miss the cafe; its window features a pile of the pearl sugar-sprinkled buns not-so-neatly flopped atop one another like a heap of pancakes (or sleeping puppies). For only 35 kr (about $5.50) it's a good deal considering it should feed four to eight people.

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My boyfriend Kåre posing with the cinnamon bun for human-to-bun comparison. If you do this in the middle of the street, people might laugh at you. (It looked silly, but it had to be done.)

The sticky (but not too sweet) cinnamon-swirled dough packs a hearty cardamom punch—surprising to those who may not be used to Scandinavian pastries. After eating two or three bites, I thought, "Sweet Jesus...it's...too big," but I kept the partially eaten bun on hand for the next few days in case I got the munchies.

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If unreasonably large cinnamon buns aren't your thing (but...but why?), they also make other desserts—cookies, cakes, tarts—along with non-sweets including sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Café Husaren

Haga Nygata 26, 411 22 Göteborg, Sweden (map)
031-13 63 78; cafehusaren.se‎

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