Cardamom Buns Recipe

My Second Attempt At Making Cardamom Buns Recipe

Diving into the delightful world of baking, I decided to challenge myself with a classic recipe for cardamom buns. 

The warm, inviting fragrance of cardamom mingled with sugar and butter promised a sensory delight that I couldn’t resist. 

With determination and a dash of patience, I set out on my culinary journey to craft these heavenly buns.

Some Thoughts On The Cardamom Buns Recipe

Easy Cardamom Buns Recipe

As I gathered the ingredients, I envisioned the aromatic symphony that awaited me. The blend of cardamom, cinnamon, and brown sugar hinted at a harmonious marriage of flavors that would surely captivate the palate. 

The dough, soft and pliable, held the promise of yielding airy, pillowy buns once baked to perfection. 

With each step, from kneading the dough to shaping the buns, I felt a sense of anticipation building, knowing that the end result would be worth every moment spent in the kitchen.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Yield: 12 cardamom buns


For the dough:

  • 1 cup (250ml) warm milk, 115 degrees
  • 1 tbsp (8g) dry active yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 120g sugar
  • 1 tbsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 450g all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g butter, softened

For the filling:

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 80g brown sugar

For the glaze:

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp warm water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, cardamom, salt, yeast, and warm milk.
  2. Slowly mix in two-thirds of the bread flour a little at a time, then add the remaining flour and softened butter.
  3. Bring the mixture together with your hands to form a soft and sticky dough.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured worktop, sprinkle with a little more flour, and knead lightly until just smooth.
  5. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover, and leave at room temperature for 1 hour, or until about doubled in size.
  6. Turn out the risen dough on a floured worktop, roll out into a large rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
  7. Spread the dough with the softened butter and sprinkle evenly with the brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom.
  8. Fold up the bottom portion of the dough to the middle, then fold the top part over, creating one large rectangular piece with 3 layers.
  9. Cut into 12 equal strips, then cut each strip in half lengthwise, leaving 1/2 inch together at the bottom to form a V shape.
  10. Twist each piece into a little knot, tucking in each end of the dough to the bottom.
  11. Place the shaped buns on lined baking sheets and leave to rise for 20 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  13. Brush the risen buns with beaten egg before baking for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  14. Transfer the cooked buns to a cooling rack.
  15. To glaze the finished buns, dissolve the brown sugar in water and brush this mixture lightly over the buns while they cool.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I Substitute Active Dry Yeast With Instant Yeast?

Yes, you can substitute active dry yeast with instant yeast. However, you’ll typically need to use about 25% less instant yeast compared to active dry yeast. Adjustments may also be needed in the rising time.

2. How Can I Adjust The Sweetness Of The Buns To My Liking?

To adjust the sweetness of the buns, you can simply increase or decrease the amount of sugar used in the dough or filling according to your taste preferences. 

Keep in mind that altering the sugar content may affect the texture and flavor of the final product.

3. Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour Instead Of All-Purpose Flour For A Healthier Option?

Yes, you can use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour for a healthier option. However, be aware that whole wheat flour may result in denser buns with a slightly different texture and flavor compared to using all-purpose flour.

4. How Do I Know When The Dough Has Doubled In Size During The Rising Process?

You’ll know that the dough has doubled in size during the rising process when it has visibly expanded and feels puffy to the touch. 

This typically takes about 1 hour at room temperature, but it may vary depending on factors like temperature and humidity.

5. Can I Make The Dough Ahead Of Time And Refrigerate It Overnight?

Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. Simply cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container before refrigerating. 

Allow the dough to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before shaping and baking.

6. What Can I Use As A Substitute For Cardamom If I Don’t Have It On Hand?

If you don’t have cardamom on hand, you can substitute it with ground cinnamon or nutmeg for a similar warm and aromatic flavor profile.

7. Can I Freeze The Unbaked Buns For Later Use?

Yes, you can freeze the unbaked buns for later use. After shaping the buns, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. 

Once frozen, transfer the buns to a freezer-safe bag or container. When ready to bake, allow the buns to thaw and rise at room temperature before baking as instructed.

8. How Long Should I Let The Buns Cool Before Glazing Them?

Let the buns cool for about 10-15 minutes on a wire rack before glazing them. This allows them to firm up slightly and prevents the glaze from melting too quickly and becoming runny.

9. Can I Add Nuts Or Raisins To The Filling For Extra Flavor?

Yes, you can add nuts, raisins, or other desired fillings to the buns for extra flavor and texture. Simply sprinkle them over the dough before rolling it up and shaping the buns.

10. How Should I Store The Leftover Buns And How Long Will They Stay Fresh?

Store leftover buns in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. You can also freeze the buns for longer storage. To reheat, simply microwave them for a few seconds or warm them in a low oven until heated through.

Final Words

With each step completed, the kitchen filled with the irresistible aroma of freshly baked cardamom buns. 

As I eagerly bit into one of the warm, fluffy buns, I was rewarded with a burst of sweet, spicy flavors that made all the effort worthwhile. 

This recipe is undoubtedly a keeper, perfect for sharing with loved ones or indulging in as a special treat for yourself.

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