These cardamom cinnamon knots are unreal and we have Circus Bakery in Paris to thank for them.
The first time I had one of their cardamom cinnamon knots (or buns, as they call them) I nearly applied for a job in hopes that they were looking for a large hipped scrub woman (not that they have some strange inappropriate requirement like that, but rather it’s that I have large hips).
Their buns are made with sourdough and I sadly haven’t perfected those to where I’m overjoyed with them, yet. I’m simply just joyed by them. But I will share that recipe as soon as it’s perfected. Till then I adapted a lovely recipe I found on Epicurious by Kat Boytsova.
The recipe by Kat Boytsova is more of a brioche style bun. And as you’ve noticed by the photos, no frosting, just a glaze. So perhaps it’s a sticky bun. The names! They is so confusing! Bottom line, bun sweet, bun good!
This definitely isn’t an easy recipe. It does get easier after the first go. The size and airiness of your buns (hehehe your buns, she said) is largely dependent on how long you proof the buns. I do an overnight proof and it really does make them much lighter than a traditional 2-4 hour proof. Getting your yeast started can be tricky, fair warning. The very first time I made these buns my quick read thermometer was off and the milk was much hotter than the 105 temp and I killed the yeast. If you’re a bread maker you’ll know if it’s all dead or can be revived with a bit of sugar. If you’re not a bread maker, toss it, start fresh, and be careful.
These definitely aren’t as sweet as traditional American cinnamon rolls, but you can always re-glaze the buns with the sugar syrup if you’d like them sweeter.
I love these buns on a chilly morning with a cup of adrak di cha, and then just sitting outside and watching the world.
16 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories559
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 11.6g 58%
- Cholesterol 98mg 33%
- Sodium 323mg 14%
- Potassium 198mg 6%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 3.3g 14%
- Sugars 40.8g
- Protein 8.9g 18%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.