May 31, 2011

Kanelbulle Recipe

One of my absolute favourite treats is Swedish Cinnamon Scrolls (or Kanelbulle).
As winter hits Melbourne I’m finding more homely things to do and baking is one of them.

When I was a kid I used to come home to the smell of baking and cinnamon, filling the entrance and hallway of our apartment block. I would eat the scrolls served with a glass of cold milk, which I still claim is the best way to enjoy them.

Every Auntie and Nanna in Sweden has their own special Kanelbulle recipe, and here I am, working out my own. I’ve experimented with a few different recipes and also altered them a bit since I came to Australia. My mum sends me “pearled sugar” from Sweden for garnishing,
but they are just as good without. I still use fresh yeast even if it’s a bit tricky to find here.
Usually I get it from a bakery, they are mostly nice and sell you a piece.

This recipe is Sweden’s best kept secret, hope you enjoy!


Serves: 20 Scrolls

50g of Fresh Yeast
50g Butter
1.3 Cups of Milk
3.5 Cups of Plain Flour
0.2 Cups of Sugar
1 Pinch of Salt

100g Butter
4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
0.4 Cups of Sugar

1-2 Eggs

1. Preheat oven to 250°C.

2. Crumble the yeast into a bowl.

3. Melt the butter on the stove. Add milk to the melted butter and heat to 37°C.
(It’s important that the temperature is as close to 37°C as possible for the yeast
to do its job. I test the temperature with my finger to make sure the liquid is the
same as my body temperature.) Gradually add the 37°C liquid a bit at a time over
the yeast and stir until dissolved.

4. Add sugar, salt and almost all the flour to the bowl
(save some flour for rolling the dough later).
Work the dough smooth until it lets go of the sides of the bowl.

5. Cover the dough with a tea towel for approx 30min to let it rise.
(Don’t peak, you don’t want to disturb the yeasting process.
The dough is also happiest tucked away protected from drafts and cold air.)

6. To make the filling; beat the butter, sugar and cinnamon until smooth.

7. Knead the dough with the remaining flour until smooth.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 30cm x 40cm rectangle of 5mm thickness.

8. Spread the filling evenly over the dough. I tend to get a bit of excess of filling,
put as much as you can on – but don’t drown the dough.
Roll up the dough starting from the long side and using a sharp knife,
slice the dough into 2cm pieces.

9. Place the scroll pieces on to a tray covered with baking paper, cut-side up.
Let the scrolls rest for approx 20min covered with a tea towel to let the yeast
do it’s thing once again.

10. Brush the scrolls with some whipped egg.
Cook on the middle of oven tray at 250°C for 8 minutes or until golden.

11. I eat them as soon as they’ve cooled down enough to not scorch my tongue. Yum!

May 19, 2011

Mugs now in store!

Time to hide away from winter and snuggle up with a hot drink.

Did you know that Swedes are amongst the heaviest coffee consumers in the world?
I don’t know if I can count myself as one of them, but I sure enjoy my coffee.
This is the most perfect mug size, not too small or too big, just right. Teehee.

Pop over to the web shop and treat yourself to a new mug set!

April 26, 2011

Swiden Design at Rose st Market – come get your Mother’s Day Gift!

Come and visit me at the Rose St Market this Saturday and the next coming up.
All my designs will be available as well as some great Mother’s Day gifts.
Hope to see you there!

The Rose St Market
Saturday the 30 April 2011
Saturday the 7 May 2011


60 Rose Street, Fitzroy.

You can find out more about the market here:

April 20, 2011

Easter Holidays

Swiden Design is going egg hunting, see you all Tuesday the 26th of April again!

April 13, 2011

Swiden Design in Home Beautiful

Swiden Design had a nice little write up in Home Beautiful this month.
Just a small misprint in the prices, check out the web shop instead.
Hope to see you there!

April 12, 2011

Mother’s Day May 8!

Don’t miss our limited edition Gift Packs for Mother’s Day available in the web shop from today.
You know Mum is worth it!

For those who prefer last minute shopping, catch us at Rose St market – Saturday April 30th and May 7th. We will be selling some extra special goodies for mum which can’t be found online, as well as all our other designs.

Happy shopping!

April 7, 2011

Swiden Design Tea towel in Extra Curricular Magazine

Extra Curricular magazine is a indie craft & design magazine about people getting
creative with their spare time. This mag have that special feeling that makes you
wanna curl up on the couch and drift away for the rest of the afternoon. It’s so well
put together – beautiful photography, inspirational articles, nice paper – yummo.
If you haven’t read this fabulous little magazine yet hurry to the shop.

You can buy Extra Curricular in:
Mag Nation, the Brunswick St bookstore and several boutiques
such as Lark, Nook, itrip iskip and Blackbird Corner.

Also check out the blog:

April 2, 2011

Swiden Design interviewed by from Sthml

From Sthlm is a shop and a blog that sells beautiful everyday items by independent Swedish designers. Every month they feature a new designer and offer their designs in limited editions.
Guess what, this month Swiden Design is the lucky one to be featured!

Read the whole article here:

March 12, 2011

twenty21 takes on Swiden Design

I goes without saying that Scandinavian furniture and design has a very special place in my heart. Walking in to twenty21 makes me feel right at home. You have to search far and wide for a more beautiful and stylish store. And on top of that, owner Carlo Campora, is the nicest and most passionate person that you could hope chat with while you’re pondering which design piece would suit your home.

Carlo grew up in Italy and later moved to London and finally settled in Melbourne where he opened up his first shop five years ago. twenty21 sells vintage and contemporary design and furniture and every year Carlo visits Scandinavia for inspiration and to find more items to bring back with him. He says; “we buy them, hire them, sell them and we love them”.

Lately Carlo has started to introduce more contemporary design pieces from Scandinavia, which brings Swiden design into the picture. I can now proudly announce that Swiden Design will be found at twenty21, mingling with the classics!

Visit this amazing shop:

160 johnston Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Melbourne, Australia

Opening hours:
12 noon till 5pm from Wednesday to Sunday

to find out more visit:

February 27, 2011

Behind the scenes – The creative space

My creative space hides inside a cosy warehouse which is shared by animators, web designers, photographers, graphic designers, furniture designers, a model maker and a costume designer. It’s always fun seeing what each persons up to and no lack of inspiration when you need it.

I thought it be nice to give you a little behind the scenes of all the great people I work with.
I like to start with the marvellous Melissa Pacella whom I share my room with.

Melissa freelances as a Visual Merchandiser, a Graphic Designer and she also does
beautiful water colour paintings. Like me, Mel loves fruit and happy colours, just one
of the many reasons why we get along so well. We sit next to each other all day;
working away, drawing, drinking coffee, bouncing ideas, drawing more, and chitchatting.
My studio friend is my motivator and inspiration.

At the moment Mel is working on a series of posters with hand painted quotes.
I think it must be my favourite of her projects so far.
I’m secretly a bit jealous of her skills in free drawing fonts.

If you want to know more about Mel check her out at

Photo: Our shared room. Mel’s fruit jewellery and desk space.
Work in progress on the wall, new posters.

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