Vaniljbullar (Swedish Vanilla Buns)

Vaniljbullar (Swedish Vanilla Buns)

Serves 20
Prep time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates
Suitable for RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Sweet Things
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Easter, Special Occasions
Region Swedish
From book Svenska Folk Baka Mera!
Swedish Vanilla Buns, easy and yummy.


For the bun

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Lowan's Instant Dried Yeast (or 25g fresh yeast)
  • 75g butter or Nuttelex
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml white sugar
  • 900ml plain white flour (sifted)
  • pinch salt

For the filling

  • 200ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon Castor sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Sugar (refer to recipe, or use 1/2 tspn vanilla essence)

To decorate

  • 2 tablespoons butter or Nuttelex
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar (approximately)


Bun Dough
1. Place the yeast into a medium sized bowl. If using fresh yeast, crumble it.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Pour in the milk and heat until it is "finger warm" (about 37 C or body temperature).
3. Pour the milk mixture over the yeast. Add the egg, salt and sugar and mix together.
Stir in all but 50ml of the flour, and work into a smooth dough. Let the dough rise uncovered at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Dough for Swedish Vanilla Buns
5. While the dough is rising, make the filling. Whip together the milk, egg, cornflour and sugar in a saucepan. (Avoid using a steel whisk in an aluminium saucepan.)
6. Simmer until it thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Let the custard cool, then mix in the vanilla sugar.
Custard fr Swedish Vanilla Buns
Make the Buns
Knead the dough on a floured surface (using the left over flour) then roll out to 1cm thick.
Dough for Swedish Vanilla Buns
Cut a round out of the dough about 8cm to 9cm in diameter.
Cutting out Swedish Vanilla Buns
10. Stretch the round out a little bit.
Place 1 tspn of filling on the round.
Filling Swedish Vanilla Buns
Fold the dough around the filling and close.
Filling Swedish Vanilla Buns
Place the bun, smooth side up, on a tray lined with baking paper.
Making Swedish Vanilla Buns
14. Repeat until all the dough is used up. Allow the buns to rise uncovered at room temperature for about 30 minutes, until they are light and porous.
15. Preheat the oven to 225 C. Bake the buns for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. (The cooking time is almost half this in a fan forced oven).
Cool the buns on a wire rack under a cloth.
Swedish Vanilla Buns
17. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Place the castor sugar into a small bowl or plate.
18. Brush the buns with the melted butter, then dip in the castor sugar.
Best eaten on the same day, but these buns keep well in an airtight container until the next day.
Swedish Vanilla Buns


Low Chemical / Failsafe

Refer here for the Vanilla Sugar recipe.

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