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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.