Sometimes, when you stay in a different country with a different language, you see words that might sound a bit funny. Words that you have a completely different association with than the locals.
So, kanel obviously is the Swedish word for cinnamon. But when I heard it the first time I couldn't stop thinking of camels. (Swedish, and German, for camel is kamel. Which is very similar to kanel, isn't it?!) I can tell you that the image of a camel, with all its fur and saliver dripping from it's mouth doesn't exactly increase your hunger for a sweet Swedish kanelbulle. First after several years in Sweden, I managed to not associate camels whenever I was standing in a café, picking a fika snack from the counter.
But here and there, a camel walks back into my phantasy. Slowly, with long steps, in a desert of not sand, but cinnamon and dough. Smiling.
“If someone would actually create a bun that would deserve the name kamelbullar, would it contain meat, fur, other parts of a camel, or simply look like typical elements of a camel?” … is something I wondered about.
Well, here is one version of what popped up in my head when I tried to answer this question that no one has ever asked.
Want to make your own kanelbullar (without fur)? Here is an original Swedish cinnamon bun recipe.
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