Swedish 'kanelbulle' (Cinnamon bun).
Photo: Bengt Olof Åradsson

 

Cinnamon buns are an almost daily feature of Swedish life, but today, 4th October, is their special day. The tradiation of celebrating Kanelbullens dag is however only thirteen years old – though it fits in perfectly with Swedish culture and tradition: there are a number of other days in which pastries play a significant roll, such as Fettisdagen (Fat Tuesday) when the nation eats semla.

Cinnamon Bun Day was established in 1999 when staff at Sweden's Hembakningsrådet ('Home Baking Council') were looking for a way to celebrate their fortieth anniversary.

The idea behind the creation of the day was to celebrate Sweden's home baking tradition by highlighting a traditional and much-loved pastry. The autumn harvest is high season for baking in Swedish homes, so it was an ideal time of the year for a festive day with a baking theme.

Finally, very much in keeping with Swedish culture, it was considered important that the tradition should be something that everyone can participate in – a goal which has easily been reached: go into any bakery in Sweden today and you will find Cinnamon rolls in abundance!

Read more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_roll