Breakfast ideas in Florence: discover our Cinnamon Rolls!

what are cinnamonr rolls and where can you eat them in Florence
Indulge in the timeless pleasure of cinnamon rolls, a classic delight perfect for savoring at breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet companion to your coffee break!

What are cinnamon rolls?

Indulge in the timeless pleasure of cinnamon rolls, a classic delight perfect for savoring at breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet companion to your coffee break!

In North America, these irresistible treats are often referred to as cinnamon rolls or cinnamon buns, a name also embraced in Italy. However, the allure of these delectable swirls transcends borders, as evidenced by the English variation known as the Chelsea bun.

Whether you call them cinnamon rolls, cinnamon buns, or Chelsea buns, one thing remains constant: the joy they bring with each fluffy bite and aromatic swirl of cinnamon-spiced goodness. So treat yourself to a moment of pure indulgence and let the comforting aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls transport you to a state of blissful contentment.

Where did the cinnamon roll originate?

England, Sweden, and Germany dispute the possible paternity of these cinnamony leavened dough snails: but even the Dutch would have something to say about it, perhaps also the Hungarians, the Danes, and the Scandinavians.
Cinnamon rolls have a rich history that can be traced back to various regions. While their exact origin is debated, they are believed to have originated in Northern Europe, particularly in Sweden. The Swedish version, known as “kanelbulle,” is a popular treat characterized by its sweet, spiced dough rolled with cinnamon and sugar, often topped with pearl sugar or icing.

What are Gifflars?

Gifflar is a type of Swedish pastry that resembles cinnamon rolls but often comes in different flavors. Gifflar Kanel are baked in Sweden using Swedish flour from the Pågen mill.

These pastries are typically made from yeast dough rolled out thin, filled with various sweet fillings, and then rolled up into small spirals before baking. While cinnamon is a common flavor, Gifflar can also be filled with other ingredients such as vanilla, cardamom, chocolate, or almond paste. They are often sprinkled with pearl sugar before baking to add sweetness and texture. Gifflar are popular snacks or treats in Sweden and are commonly enjoyed with coffee or tea. 

Size of the cinnamon rolls

The size of cinnamon rolls can vary depending on the location. Typically, the most common sizes are 5 centimeters in diameter for small rolls and 10 centimeters for large ones. However, in Finland and in the Haga district of Gothenburg, Sweden, you can find larger versions. In Finland, mega-rolls can reach sizes of up to 20 centimeters and weigh around 200 grams. Meanwhile, Haga is renowned for its exceptionally large cinnamon rolls, known as hagabullar, which boast an impressive diameter of 30 centimeters.

Why don’t cinnamon rolls rise?

Cinnamon rolls may fail to rise properly if the yeast is activated in water that’s too warm or if the liquid ingredients in the recipe are too hot. It’s crucial for the yeast to be activated in lukewarm liquid—neither too hot nor too cold. This optimal temperature ensures the yeast ferments and leavens the dough effectively, resulting in perfectly risen cinnamon rolls.

By paying attention to these key factors and providing the yeast with the ideal conditions for growth, you can create cinnamon rolls that are light, fluffy, and irresistibly delicious, with just the right amount of rise.

where to eat cinnamon rolls in Florence

A World of Flavors

Cinnamon rolls come in all shapes and sizes!

  • Sweden: Known for their cardamom-infused dough.
  • Finland: Features giant “korvapuusti” rolls, up to 8 inches wide!
  • USA: Often large and glazed, sometimes even fried for a doughnut-like treat. In some regions, they’re paired with chili for a sweet and savory combo.
  • Canada: Typically unfrosted and bursting with cinnamon flavor.
  • Germany & Austria: A popular afternoon coffee companion.

National Celebrations

  • Sweden & Finland: Celebrate National Cinnamon Roll Day on October 4th!
  • Denmark: Wednesdays are for enjoying giant “Wednesday snails.”

No matter how you enjoy them, cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat that bring people together.

Cinnamon scent

Cinnamon rolls derive their name from their delectable filling of sugar and generous amounts of cinnamon. The dough is prepared and left to rise, typically for a couple of hours. Once risen, it’s rolled out into a rectangular shape, not too thin, and generously dusted with cinnamon powder. Some recipes even include a cinnamon-flavored butter cream for an extra indulgent, albeit calorie-rich, outcome.

While we recommend enjoying them with an American coffee or your beverage of choice, a quick alternative for preparing cinnamon rolls is to use puff pastry. Although the consistency of the dough differs, the taste remains delightful.
The process remains the same, simply substitute the leavened dough with a roll of puff pastry. Ready-made puff pastry is also an option. Sprinkle the pastry with sugar and cinnamon, then roll it along the longer side for larger rolls. Bake the cinnamon rolls slightly spaced apart, and once warm, drizzle them with icing for a finishing touch.

How do you cut cinnamon rolls?

Once your homemade cinnamon rolls are baked and cooled, carefully remove the film and baking paper. Using a sharp knife or a nylon thread, slice the roll into discs of equal thickness, about 3-4 cm, ensuring a clean and precise cut to maintain the cake’s shape.

From Melaleuca to Florence, cinnamon rolls hold a special place, cherished by Marco Cappellari and his family. These rolls have become an emblem within these walls, a testament to meticulous research and recipe refinement.

What’s the secret to our cinnamon rolls? Apart from the dough’s softness, it’s the indulgent drizzle of cream cheese that melts into the warm cinnamon roll, enveloping it in irresistible richness.

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