Cardamom Coconut Buns

Cardamom buns |

I’m often ask where to I get my inspiration from when baking.

Sometimes from cookbooks and other blogs, sometimes from bakeries and restaurants, and few times by just cleaning out the pantry.

You might think that all the recipes I share are just the result of my wonderful baking skills (I’m modest I know) but you’d be surprised to find out how many times I bake and don’t write about.

There’s a lot of trial and error involved. Some require more than just one testing.

I have notes in my kitchen and I always go back to recipes that just don’t turn out  the way I like them.

That’s just life of a baker and I got used to it.

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The idea of adding ground cardamom to bread came from some cardamom pods I found while cleaning the pantry.

I rarely bake with cardamom, sometimes I just add it to rice pudding, but even so it seems like it takes forever until I finish the small little bag I bought a while back from a Middle Eastern market.

 A side note : buy cardamom pods, not ground and grind it when you need it.

Being born in Romania I got familiar with the Turkish and Middle Eastern culinary influences at an early age.

My grandma used to add cardamom to teas, rice and bread puddings and even sprinkle some over french toast.

The cardamom pods were on my mind a while before deciding to make some cardamom flavored breakfast buns.

Cardamom buns |

The first time I made these buns was a few weeks ago and they turned out so good hubby immediately placed an order for some more.

Only the second time I added more cardamom powder, used coconut milk instead of dairy milk and sprinkled some coconut flakes on top, just before baking.

If the first time were good, the second time they carried me away on a sunny Mediterranean beach.

The wonderful cardamom aroma takes over your kitchen while baking and especially when you take them out of the oven and the coconut sweetness is like a breeze of fresh sea air.

Bake these buns, make a cup of tea and let yourself carried away.

Cardamom Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

2 hours

Yield: 12 buns

Cardamom Buns

Cardamom Flavored Buns, soft and light with a coconut-y touch


  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) bread flour
  • 1 tsp Red Star Platinum yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups (360 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 4 tbsp (56 grams) melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) canned coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter + shredded coconut (optional)


  1. In a mixing bowl add 1/4 cup bread flour, the teaspoon of yeast and 1/4 cup lukewarm water.
  2. Stir and leave at room temperature until the mixture resembles a sponge, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the 4 tablespoons melted butter, the egg, cardamom, salt and sugar and with the dough hook on add the flour.
  4. When all the flour is added slowly add the coconut milk and mix until the dough is cleaning itself from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Knead for 3-4 more minutes, 10 if you're kneading by hand, and place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic foil and leave at room temperature until doubled in volume.
  6. When risen, take the dough out of the bowl and divide it into 12 balls.
  7. Place them on a baking sheet, cover with plastic foil and leave to rise again.
  8. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400F.
  9. When the buns almost doubled in side, brush them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle some shredded coconut on top.
  10. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  11. Enjoy while still warm.

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  1. says

    I love baked goods with the scent of cardamom, especially coffee cakes;-)
    I’m loving your cardamom buns recipe and have happily pinned it to my breads I want to bake board, thanks for sharing your recipe Roxana;-)

  2. The Messy Baker says

    These buns look delicious, Roxana! I love your modesty (I’m the same way), and I love that you used cardamom in this bread recipe. Pinned!

  3. foodwanderings says

    You are speaking my language Miss Roxana. I love cardamon in anything but honestly haven;t tried them in buns as of yet.. Lovely buns and bread as always. I just saw today the fattest most plump and green inside cardamon pods in a new Mom’s Organic Foods that just opened in my neighborhood. Yay! :)

  4. says

    There used to be a bakery near me that sold cardamom buns….I think they had almond paste in them. Marvelous! My husband hates cardamom; I don’t know what his problem is…think I could sneak these into his diet without him knowing?

  5. says

    Hello lovely Roxana :) I really want to experiment using more spices in my cooking and baking. I think of spice like nature’s medicine. It is a really fun idea to put cardamom in bread. You have my wheels turning about what to bake with my daughter today. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  6. says

    These remind me of the Schoolbread we always get at Epcot in Disney World. It’s in the Norwegian bakery. Yeasty buns are made with cardamom, then filled with custard. On top there’s a sweet glaze (almost donut like), and a dusting of toasted coconut. Schoolbread is literally my favorite thing to eat at Epcot, so I just KNOW I would love these. Can’t wait to make them.

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