Great Prayer Day Cardamom Wheat Rolls


Store bededag, or Great Prayer Day, is a Danish holiday that always falls on the 4th Friday following Easter. This year (2012), it will be on Friday, May 4th.

In 1686 there were many holidays that celebrated a many saints, so King Christian V introduced this day to Danes in order to consolidate the holidays. What an efficient man!



Because of the holiday, the bakers around the country would close their businesses. So it soon became a tradition for families to buy their bread and wheat rolls for the evening and for Great Prayer Day at the baker’s the day before. Though most Danes no longer celebrate saints, the wheat roll tradition has been kept. Who would want to give up a food tradition, anyway??

Nowadays, most people buy the wheat rolls at the store, cut them in half, toast and spread butter on them. But because they are so easy (and so much better) to make from scratch, I decided that I would make them tonight.

After baking them it is tradition to toast them and serve them with butter. I personally love the soft part of the roll, and for that reason I did not toast them. But by all means, do what you prefer :-)

I got the recipe from kvalimad. I only made minor changes.



Great Prayer Day Cardamom Wheat Rolls


  • 1.5 tsp frozen dry yeast
  • 125g (1 stick or 4.5 oz butter)
  • 300ml milk (1.2 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp cardemom
  • 600g all-purpose flour (1.3 lb)


  1. Heat the butter and milk to lukewarm (I did it in the microwave). Add the yeast and sugar, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the flour. Once mixed, add the flour little by little. Knead for 5 minutes. 
  3. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Once rested, shape into same size balls (I measured each out to 70g) and place them .5 inch apart on a baking sheet or pizza stone, covered with baking paper. Cover the balls with the tea towel again, and rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Paint the rolls with a little milk and place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with butter.