Semlor - Swedish Cream Buns

Semlor-Swedish Cream Buns 0117

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Makes: 9 buns


  • 300g all-purpose flour, sieved
  • 160 ml milk
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cardamom (according to your liking)
  • 30g butter, melted
  • 1 small egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150g lingonberry preserve
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
  • about ½ cup of milk sweetened with some sugar, for brushing


  1. Heat milk to about 38°C. In a clean bowl mix yeast with sugar and warm milk. Place the flour, cardamom, salt, egg and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer attached with a dough hook. Pour the yeast-milk mixture and knead into a smooth dough - about 8 minutes. Alternatively if kneading by hand it will take a bit longer. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 50 minutes.
  2. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into nine equal pieces. Briefly knead each piece between your palms and roll the bits of dough into buns. Place the buns on a baking tray lined with a sheet of baking paper. Make sure to leave enough space between the buns as they will rise to double their size. Cover the tray and leave to rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees C. Brush the buns with the sweetened milk and bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Do keep an eye on them as they will brown quickly.
  4. Remove the buns from the oven and brush again lightly with the sweetened milk then allow to cool on a wire rack. Cut the tops of the buns and scoop out the center of each bun (about 2 teaspoons). Fill the centers with the lingonberry preserve.
  5. Whip the cream and the vanilla sugar until light and fluffy and dollop 1 or 2 teaspoons of the sweetened cream onto the preserve, filling the buns. Place the tops back on the buns.


Serve with steaming strong coffee.

A popular way to enjoy semlor is to dunk them in deep bowl with warm milk and ground cinnamon.

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