Danish 'fastelavnsboller' with a coconut and lemon twist

Cream filled buns / fastelavnsboller

You all know carnivals – colourful parties with people in costumes and all sort of traditions according to the different cultures and geographic location. Here in Denmark it is called Fastelavn, which is primarily a festive day for children all over the country. They get to wear costumes, play games, eat a lot of candy and go trick or treat around the neighborhood.
But there is actually a deeper meaning behind this lovely tradition… Did you know that back in the old Egypt they celebrated the time of year when the Nile flooded and the cycle of life and yet another year repeated once again.. and back in the old Rome they celebrated the survival of spring… with a party, a carnival!
That is exactly where we find ourself right now. At least here on the northern part of the globe, we slowly begin to see the first signs of spring – some of the birds have returned, the sun is with us again and the days are getting longer and brighter! And if that is not worth celebrating with a colourful carnival, then I don’t know what is!

Buns in the making

As you all know a cool and magical tradition like this needs a special treat that can match the awesomeness of it. Luckily that is no problem in this case, we have the most delicious and perfect sweet treat to celebrate the arrival of spring, yay!

Fastelavnsboller w. cream & jam

Anything doughy filled with cream and jam has a special place in my heart actually just anything with dough and these little fellows are no exception. We do call them ‘Fastelavnsboller’ or Carnival buns, but I must admit that this is not the only time of year where I eat these… I just choose to call them something else :)
They often comes in an unhealthy buttery and refined version, which tastes really good and is not to be tampered with unless you’ve got the proper skills. BUT I must say that I have actually managed to make a pretty good and improved version, still including a soft cream and a moist dough!
I have added some of the magical Kamut flour and some rolled oats and thereby made it into a whole grain dough. Further more there is a significantly reduced fat content of only 20 grams of lovely coconut oil and then a little coconut flour to match and to add a little extra magic touch to the dough. The cream is made out of skimmed milk, cornstarch, vanilla and an egg, and then I added lemon zest to give a little edge and some more aroma. The jam is free of choice and you can use whatever you have on hands, I just love raspberry jam in these, it kinda feels right :)
Fastelavn, carnival or not, these buns will do the trick… I even added a little nutrition info in the bottom of the recipe – and you’ll like the numbers!!

Buns filled with lemon cream & jamCream filled buns in the making

Cream and jam filled buns


  1. JessicaJessica02-09-2013

    These look beautiful! And delish.

  2. Liz BLiz B02-09-2013

    Oh this look a perfect weekend treat! I reckon my bf would love them! Hmmm, special Valentine’s weekend breakfast?

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene02-09-2013

      Uh that sound like a plan. I am too gonna swing up a few more batches next week both for friends and the lovely man of the house, he really loves them too :)

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