Scandinavian culinary influence has proliferated across the globe thanks to chefs like Rene Redzepi, Magnus Nilsson, and Marcus Samuelsson. Los Angeles is finally starting to get a taste of the region, and not just facets like hyper-local focus or avant garde plating. The city’s also embracing more basic items like Swedish baked goods. I visited Bulle Bakery at Huset, a “house for modern Scandinavian living” on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and really enjoyed their buns.
On Fridays and Saturdays, baker Sarah Reich and husband Ezra bring bullar (sweet buns) to Huset. Their repertoire includes kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), kardemummabulle (cardamom bun), vaniljbulle (vanilla bun), lussebulle (saffron bun with marzipan or vanilla filling) and lussekatt (saffron roll). I bought both available bulle ($5 each) a larger, spiral-shapedkanelbulle and a softer, stickier vaniljbulle coated with crispy white sugar granules.
Customers who can’t make it to Huset can make special orders with Bulle Bakery for people who commit to buying 10 bullar. Split between two flavors on a 10-bun order. Lussebullar and lussekatter each require a 10-bun minimum order.