Sockerbullar - Sweet Custard Rolls

Authentic Swedish sweet rolls - filled with a vanilla custard! Another classic; this is often found in bakeries and shines when served with coffee or cordial for fika. I have made them the old fashioned way, with the custard appearing as a delicious surprise when you bite into the bun.
When I was little we and we were served these at parties, us children challenged each other to eat them without licking your lips. Whoever made it the longest won. Try it yourself when you have made them. It is harder than you think! This recipe makes 25-30 rolls.


5 dl. cold milk
75 g. fresh yeast
2 dl. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. coarsely ground cardamom
200 g. softened butter
1 egg
2 l. plain flour

butter for brushing

5 dl. milk 3% fat
1 vanilla pod
1.25 dl. sugar
6 egg yolks
50 g. corn starch
50 g. softened butter


First make the custard, so it has time to cool. Split the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape the seeds into a pot. Add the pod and milk and bring to a boil.

Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and corn starch until fluffy and light. Whisk in the hot milk.

Pour the mixture back into the pot and heat gently while stirring constantly. It MUST NOT boil. As soon as it starts to thicken, quickly pour into a cold bowl. Add butter and stir until melted and combined. Place the custard in the fridge to cool.

Make the rolls: Crumble the yeast into a bowl or food processor and dissolve in the cold milk. Add sugar and salt, cardamom and the butter, a little at a time.

Add the flour bit by bit and work the dough at low speed, in food processor or with electric whisk using dough hooks.

Add the egg, work dough for approx. 15 minutes at low speed, until it is supple and viscous. Let it rest 10 minutes.

Turn dough out onto a work surface, split into 25.30 parts. Form round balls that you roll out to the size of a coffee saucer.

Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each round. Fold together and pinch closed. Place the rolls on a baking sheet covered in baking parchment, seam side down.

Bake until golden, approx. 8-10 minutes and let them cool slightly. The brush them in melted butter and roll in sugar.

My family and I love them and we hope you will too! If you like my recipes I would love to hear from you! Leave comment, questions or suggestions below!


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