[The Danish answer to Cinnamon buns] Kanelsnegl


After I spent the last couple of months with working, studying and traveling, now it’s finally time for the next recipe + travel review! Maybe you already saw some pictures on my Instagram account about my travels to Argentina, Brasil, Dubai and Copenhagen. Today I am starting with my travel review about my short but first trip to Denmark! Of course I brought you a recipe form Copenhagen for the most delicious Danish cinnamon buns ever! But before I present you the recipe, I will share with you my favourite spots in Copenhagen!



You can pretty much get me with every city which is located at the waterfront! Not surprisingly, this was my favourite spot in Copenhagen. Actually the city offers some great waterfront spots, but this is one of the best ones. To give you a short historical insight: In 1671 King Frederik the Third connected the Kongens Nytorv and the harbor through a canal, to facilitate the transport of goods. The houses besides the canal were inhabited by the merchants, who then had their ships right on the doorstep. The word Nyhavn means “new harbour”. Nowadays you can find restaurants, cafes and pubs here all lined up. This was the place were we couldn’t miss out the insanely good waffles (with soft ice and sprinkles on top!). I could have spent hours here looking at the colorful houses, the blue sky and pretty ships, with a waffle in the hand – Loved it!



Tivoli is one of the happiest places in Denmark or rather the largest amusement park in the country! Since 1843 Tivoli offers a wide range of attractions for all ages. There are the traditional rides like carousels and bumper cars, but as well  rollercoasters. There are live events such as concerts. We were lucky, because every saturday there is a  live band playing blues and jazz music. In addition, there are of course hundreds of options to eat and drink. Such as a little China Town, a french place or cute little cafés. All in all, the hours we spend there, felt like being in a dreamland, comparable to Disneyland, but pretty much smaller!

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Little Mermaid

When I came back from my trip the first question of my friends was “Did you see the Little Mermaid? Isn’t she small?”. Yes, I saw her and yes she is much smaller than I thought. I had the same situation when I saw the “Mona Lisa” in Louvre for the first time: Such a small masterpiece and lots of people around it! Déjá-vue! First we couldn’t really see her, because it was so crowded! The Little Mermaid is based on the fairy tale of Hans Christian Anderson. After my trip I had to read the fairy tale, becauseHans Christian Anderson is such a famous writer and it is an important part of the Danish culture. Basically the fairy tale is about a young mermaid, who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. I won’t reveal the end of the story, but it of course contains romance.


More places to go…

  • Visit Sostrene Grene: Here, you can get everyting like wine, marmelade, kitchen stuff, soaps, stationary, candy, decoration… – Perfect place to buy some great gifts and souvenirs!
  • Magasin du Nord: This is the oldest department store in Scandinavia and offers eyerything in a ympathic ambiente
  • Illums Bolighus: Huge department store which offers exquisite nordic design (just window shopping for us)
  • Danish Design Museum: about architecure and the special danish design aspects
  • Torvehallerne: Beautiful street market with delicious food and drinks (and flowers, fruit and so on!) Worth a visit!!


I promise you: You won’t starve in Denmark! I was greatly impressed by the range of food and especially of the fact that Danish people are crazy about healthy food. One night we returned from an Irish Pub and it was about 4 or 5 in the morning and we entered a 7 Eleven to get something to eat. Instead of food like pizza or chocolate, we found a variety of different whole-grained breads, ginger shots, superfood and paleo salats. Hats off, Copenhagen!

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Besides the healthy aspects there are typical specialities like Smorrebrod (= open-faced sandwiches with everything you want on it, such as cheese, ham, fish etc.), waffles, soft ice (with a thinn layer of chocolate!), hot dogs and of course cinnamon buns! The cinnamon buns really got me! There are less sweeter than the american ones and more fluffy and have a taste of caramel because of the brown sugar! My person heaven, therefore I will show you my recipe for homemade Kanelsnegl!

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Kanelsnegl [cinnamon buns]

500 g flour
250 ml milk
42g fresh yeast
pinch of salt
80 g sugar
80 butter

100 g butter
80 g brown sugar
40 g white sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon

100 g confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. water


  1. In a small bowl crumble yeast and mix with 5 tbsp. of the warm milk and one tbsp. of the white sugar. Let the yeast work for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In another bowl whisk together flour and the rest oft the sugar and salt. Then add the yeast mix, the rest of the milk and the melted butter. Knead until a smooth dough comes out. Now cover with a cotton dish towel and put it at a warm place and let the dough work again for 60 minutes.
  3. Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle.
  4. For the filling: Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the bottom side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 1 -2 cm slices.
  5. Preheat oven to 175°C and prepare a baking tray by layering with baking paper. Place cinnamon buns onto the prepared baking tray.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. For the glazing: Combine confectioner’s sugar and water and sprinkle over the buns. Best served  warm!







[home sweet home] Braunschweiger Zuckerkuchen


As all of you already know I am a very big fan of traveling to different places and countries. Exploring new cultures (and their food) and meeting new lovely people is always so exciting and a real addiction! In addition I love studying somewhere else than my home town as well because it is a great opportunity to get to know a new city in detail!

But I have to say that one of the best parts is always coming home!! Returning back home, back to my family and closest friends is such an amazing feeling – every single time! My home town is a mid-size city in lower saxony, called Braunschweig. It’s the place where I spend most of life! Here I used to go to school, made my first driving experiences and baked my first cake together with my mum! Fair enough to dedicade my lovely town its own blog post, of course with a typical local specialty!!


Last weekend I spend the free days in Brauschweig and took these wonderful pictures where I tried to capture the beauty and charme of my city. Great for spontanous walking tours through different quartiers like the cute “Magni Viertel” or the charming old town with frame houses and cobblestone pavement. But the town’s landmark is definitely the castle square. On one side you have an amazing view on the stoned lion named by Henry the lion and on the other side you can see the impressive cathedral of Braunschweig!


But now to the cake! This cake convinces with its simplicity! Because of the easy preparation it was usually baked for all kind of occasions like weddings, birthdays, engagements, funerals and anniversaries in Braunschweig. Thanks to the fluffy texture and the rich buttery flavor this cake is an everybody’s darling! You can’t do anything wrong by bringing this cake to your next party, in fact you do everything right because everyone will love it, trust me! When I baked this cake I planned to freeze half of it for other days (thats a great thing about this cake! You can freeze it and defrost it another day by baking it in your oven for 10 minutes 100°C). But when I returned to the kitchen my brother has already eaten half of the cake, best proof ever that this cake is a real all-time favorite!


And by the way, it’s best served right from the oven, when it’s  still warm and you can smell the wonderful vanilla and buttery scent everywhere! Just pure perfection..

.. No wonder that this cake is from Braunschweig 🙂


Braunschweiger Zuckerkuchen
(“sugar cake from Brunswik”)

1/8 l milk
30 g fresh yeast
pinch of salt
70 g sugar
80 butter
400 g flour
4 tbsp. vanilla sugar
2 eggs

125 g butter
75 g almonds
100 g white sugar


  1. In a small bowl crumble yeast and mix with 5 tbsp. of the warm milk and one tbsp. of the white sugar. Let the yeast work for 5-10 minutes.
  2. in another bowl whisk together flour, vanilla sugar, the rest oft the sugar and salt. Then add the yeast mix, eggs, the rest of the milk and the butter. Knead until a smooth dough comes out. Now cover with a cotton dish towel and put it at a warm place and let the dough work again vor 60 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to °C and prepare a baking tray by oiling it completely.
  4. Knead dough onto the prepared baking tray. For the topping cut the butter into 16 same sized cubes. Press butter cubes with same distant in dough. Sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Let it rise again for 20 minutes.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Best served  right from the oven!


Have fun baking one of my favourite recipes!