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Ole&Steen cinnamon social pastry...or something similar in CH

Does anyone know where one can find danish pastry shop here in Switzerland that has similar stuff as Ole&Steen? or tastes similar?
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Re: Ole&Steen cinnamon social pastry...or something similar in CH

Unfortunately, cinnamon pastries are right up there next to real bagels on the list of things that are scarcer 'n hens teeth in Switzerland. Cinnamon seems to be rather misunderstood in Swiss cuisine.

You may find something that looks sort of like a cinnamon roll, but you'll likely find it's just a hazelnut 'Schnecken'. One of two bakeries make these with a very faint hint of cinnamon - so faint you think you might have imagined it - but most are just hazelnut and sugar. Nothing like the chewy, gooey, cinnamon glory that is the pastry I grew up with.

IIRC, the social cinnamon is the one with custard, isn't it? If so, good luck with your search.

Out my way, there are only two bakeries that make a cinnamon something worth venturing out for:

Bäckerei Brändli makes a semi-sweet roll with cinnamon chips. Nothing like the pastry you seek, it's a yeast roll not a pastry, but nonetheless a tasty cinnamon something to slake your cravings.

ETA: Brändli is just beside the Wädenswil Bahnhof.

For a month in the winter, Backerei Tschirky in Seedamm center in Pfäffikon SZ make a very cinnamony pastry, no custard, just dough and cinnamon, not chewy enough for my taste, but it'll do when you are jonesing for cinnamon.

If you venture into Austria, there are likely better options. I remember a lovely cafe on the Pfander that served a 'Pain Raisin Français' that was light and cinnamony and raisin-y with a bit of custard, and delicious. That was years ago, no idea if it is still there.

That's all I've found in 20+ years on the Cinnamon Trail.

On the plus side, over those 20+ years, I'm getting better at baking my own. Not even close to where I wish, as pastry dough is my downfall. But working on it.

A real cinnamon pastry is something I look forward to every trip home.

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Unfortunately, cinnamon pastries are right up there next to real bagels on the list of things that are scarcer 'n hens teeth in Switzerland. Cinnamon seems to be rather misunderstood in Swiss cuisine.

You may find something that looks sort of like a cinnamon roll, but you'll likely find it's just a hazelnut 'Schnecken'. One of two bakeries make these with a very faint hint of cinnamon - so faint you think you might have imagined it - but most are just hazelnut and sugar. Nothing like the chewy, gooey, cinnamon glory that is the pastry I grew up with.
That's funny you wrote that. I once said to my husband: "What do the Swiss have against cinnamon???" It does seem that so many of the pastries here are made with nuts but lack flavor, and like you said, it's so rare to find something here with cinnamon in it (<<< that phrase always sounds funny to me).

Starbucks has decent cinnamon rolls, but they're rather small and don't really have that "chewy, gooey, cinnamon glory" that you mentioned so perfectly. I have made a recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls but wasn't extremely happy with it, so I think I'm going to try this recipe next, for "copycat" Cinnabon cinnamon rolls (which received excellent reviews):

Cinnabons Cinnamon Rolls
https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/cinn...innamon-rolls/

I also have this recipe for "Cinnamon Swirl Bread" which is very good:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/23...n-swirl-bread/

It's a cool, rainy day today. What a shame -- I just might have to bake something.
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Re: Ole&Steen cinnamon social pastry...or something similar in CH

For a quick cinnamon fix - Ikea sells a wheat dough bun with a buttery cinnamon filling decorated with nib suga in their food store.
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Re: Ole&Steen cinnamon social pastry...or something similar in CH

This place in Adliswil specialized in Danish pastries like Kanelsnegle -- the cinnamon pastries you asked about -- delivering within Zürich. They closed just last month, but may have an informative answer for you if you contact them:

https://www.sweetoclock.ch/about-us/

White Rabbit is another Danish (vegan) bakery apparently beloved for its pastries:

https://veganbackerei.ch/

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For a quick cinnamon fix - Ikea sells a wheat dough bun with a buttery cinnamon filling decorated with nib suga in their food store.
Ikea sells them frozen and mini non frozen ones, too. We throw in the oven for a sec, when cinnamon urges come. It is ok, inexpensive and cheerful.
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it's so rare to find something here with cinnamon in it
There are Zimtsterne, to be fair, even if only seasonal and unsatisfying for chasers of the cinnamon roll dream.

Also learned about a cinnamon-centric specialty from St. Gallen called the Toggenburg Zimtfladen:

https://www.littlezurichkitchen.ch/cinnamonpie/
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