You will need
- Bowls or mugs
- Frying pans
- Stoves and fuel
- Ingredients (see below)
Before you begin
- It’s up to you where you do this activity – you could take the recipe and make it work however you’re meeting at the moment, whether that’s online or face-to-face indoors or outdoors.
- If you’re meeting face-to-face, check out more detailed guidance for completing your risk assessments.
- If you’re meeting online, Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online. If you’re not sure how to cook over Zoom, check out our top tips. Don’t forget to give people plenty of notice to get their ingredients and equipment ready.
- You could ask the group to find out some information about other Swedish traditions or foods to share during your meeting too.
- Check out the video at the bottom of this page for a quick kanelbullar cooking tutorial from Scouterna, the Guides and Scouts of Sweden.
Cook some kanelbullar
- Tortillas or flatbreads
- 150g butter (plus extra for frying)
- 80g sugar
- One tablespoon of cinnamon
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
- Mix the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl or cup.
- Spread the bread with the cinnamon mixture and roll it up.
- Light your stove and put the frying pan on.
- Add some butter to the pan and let it melt.
- When the butter is bubbling a little, add the rolls to the pan.
- Let the rolls fry for a while until they’re golden brown. This will take a few minutes, depending on your stove.
- Turn the rolls over and let them fry on the other side.
- When they’re golden brown, take them out of the pan, cut them into bitesize pieces, and let them cool.
- Eat, enjoy, and share some facts about Sweden and fika with each other,
This activity was about being an international citizen and learning about different foods, festivals and culture in another country. Ask everyone to think about the session and share some of the things they’ve learned. The activity was also about trying new things, had anyone tried a traditional cinnamon roll before? What did everyone think of the simple version they made?
In Sweden, fika is more about spending time together than it is about sharing a cup of coffee or tea. If you made your kanelbullar in an online meeting, challenge everyone to share them with their family or friends after the meeting’s ended. If you made them in a face-to-face meeting, why not make a few extra for everyone to take home. Ask the group to share their fika snacks with someone else and spend some quality time together. Maybe they could share some of the things they’ve found out about Sweden too.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.