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Swedish Cheese Buns Recipe (Ostfrallor)

Deliciously soft bread that's great for breakfast or for making sandwiches any time of the day!  Swedish Cheese Buns, locally known as 'Ostfrallor,' are so easy to make --- even without a stand mixer.  Give them a try!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time:2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Swedish
Servings: 6
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Neriz



Cheese bread dough:

  • 2 & 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp honey
  • 360 to 390 grams flour (about 2 & 1/3 cups + 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 25 grams butter (about 2 tablespoons), softened

Egg wash & topping:

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup cheese, grated & heaping


Preparing cheese bread dough:

  • Start by combining warm milk with 1/2 cup of warm water and the yeast. 
  • Mix and set aside until it becomes foamy.
  • Using your stand mixer's bowl, combine flour and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture, honey, and softened butter.
  • Use a paddle attachment to mix until a dough starts to form.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment and continue mixing until you get a smooth dough.
  • Form the cheese bread dough into a ball and place it in an oiled bowl.
  • Cover it with a clean kitchen towel and set aside until it doubles in size.  It typically takes about 90 minutes.
  • Punch the dough in the center to deflate it and transfer it on a flat surface to knead it a bit.
  • Cut it into six equal portions.
  • Form each portion into a ball and place each ball on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Cover with a kitchen cloth and set aside until they increase in size (usually takes at least 30 minutes).

Baking homemade ostfrallor:

  • Once the buns are almost ready, preheat your oven to 220°C (400 to 420°F).
  • Prepare the egg wash by mixing the egg with two tablespoons of water.
  • Brush each bun with the egg wash, then add the grated cheese on top (generously).
  • Place the baking tray in the middle of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they turned golden.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Serve your cheese buns with your favorite marmalade, butter or with some cured meat for sandwiches!



  • Cook's Tip #1:  This ostfrallor dough is easy to handle and kneading with your hands is an excellent workaround if you don't have a stand mixer.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  Do not use all the flour right away.  Start with the amount in cups, then slowly add the remaining flour in tablespoons if the dough is too wet.
  • Cook's Tip #3:  Nothing wrong with using pre-grated cheese --- that's what I always use when I prepare these cheese buns.
  • Cook's Tip #4:  Do not hesitate to form your ostfrallor into smaller buns if that's what you prefer.  This recipe yields six ostfrallor that's perfectly sized for making hamburgers as well.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg