Cardamom Buns

These cardamom buns make a delightful weekend breakfast, or coffee treat. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, infused with the flavour and aroma of cardamom.


  • 1 cup milk 
  • 2 tsp quick acting yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cardamom


  • 1 egg plus 1 Tbsp. water
  • raw or demerara sugar for sprinkling

Step 1: Two options

a) Bread machine:

Our house is quite cool in winter, so I use my bread machine to make the dough. Add ingredients in this order: milk, butter, salt, sugar, flour, cardamom and yeast. Complete dough cycle.

b) Hand mixed:

  • Warm the milk until it feels the same temperature as your wrist. Sprinkle the yeast over top.
  • Combine the butter, brown sugar and cardamom and mix into the milk. Add the flour and salt.
  • Knead the dough (by hand or mixer) until soft and stretchy. Place in an oiled bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in size.

Step 2: Shaping

  • Combine the soft butter, brown sugar and cardamom for the filling. 
  • Roll the dough out to a 20×14 inch rectangle. Spread the filling over the top.
  • Fold the the left third of the dough over the middle, and then the right side of the dough over the middle. (You will have three equal layers of dough.)
  • Cut the dough into 12 strips, choosing the direction that leaves the folded sides intact.
  • Cut each strip up the middle, leaving a one inch base still joined at one end.
  • For each piece, twist the two strips around each other and form a ring, tucking one end in the base, and one though the middle of the circle.
  • Repeat with the other eleven strips. 
  • Place the buns on two parchment-covered baking sheet. They will all fit on one sheet, but they will not bake well if they are crowded.
  • Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes

Step 3:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Brush each bun with the egg-wash and sprinkle the demerara sugar over each one for added crunch. You will have leftover egg wash.
  • Bake for about 12 minutes. They will be a nice brown on the top, and a little brown underneath.

Directions in Photos

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