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Kifylla: Cypriot Cinnamon and Raisin Bread Rolls

Kifylla is another Cypriot street food which is not widely known.   It’s a sweet bread, filled with raisins and glazed with sugar on top and it used to be sold in the central streets,  in wheeled carts.  It’s a very healthy snack and perfect for breakfast.

Being away from Cyprus for so many years, nearly thirty, I had forgotten all about them.  Although I visit Cyprus every now and then, I never saw them anywhere.  When my sister visited me recently we remembered them and although she never made them herself she promised to find the recipe and give it to me, which she did.  The recipe however was to feed an army and I had to adjust it.  The only thing that I changed was to use orange juice in the glazing instead of water.

I cannot describe the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen.  The whole house filled with the sweet aroma of bread and cinnamon and sweet memories of the past.   I just had to taste one as soon as it was out of the oven, still hot and I was in heaven.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in my e-cookbook.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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27 Responses

  1. This looks lovely – I especially like the idea of the orange glaze 🙂

  2. I’m glad you’ve introduced us to another Cypriot specialty Ivy…they look delightful! I love everything with kanela in it…the craisins are also a nice touch.

  3. These are yummy bread rools! So scrumptious looking! a wonderful speciality…

    Cheers and have a great weekend,


  4. These look really great, will have to try them over the Easter holidays. I love the combination of raisins, cinnamon and orange, the only thing missing is chocolate 😉

  5. Lovely, I wish we had street food like that here!

  6. These look wonderful Ivy!

  7. These rolls look so delicious! These would be great for Easter.

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  8. Great street food. And I can imagine the smell while baking!

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  9. Cinnamon roll is my favourite when pairing with coffee! It tastes delicious straight from the oven. Thank you for the recipe~ 🙂

  10. What wonderful fat rolls, reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and hot cross buns. Just in time for Easter. I really also love your step by step collage, very clever and slick looking.

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  11. Oh my! I haven’t seen or tasted such a gorgeous golden brown colour on bread in a while! It looks amazing!

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  12. Wow! That looks so beautiful, Ivy…I can smell it from here 🙂

  13. Wow, my children would love these for breakfast. You make it sound so easy I want to make them.

  14. Wow, Ivy! That bread looks amazing. So soft and fluffy, I bet it is a wonderful breakfast for sure. I know I would love it.

  15. Hello Ivy,

    I used to get something like this in my local grocery store but these look way better! I would add lots of cinnamon and raisens. I love what you have done with the step by step photos. Keep at it.

  16. These are like a cross between a cinnamon bun and a hot cross bun.

  17. giz

    They actually remind me of round challah breads that we put raisins in during the New Year celebration – so good. Trouble is you can’t just eat one.

  18. Lovely…nice to know that these buns probably pre-dated any cinnamon rolls/buns that exist in the west. Perfect for coffee.

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  19. Wonderful, Ivy! I love such cinnamon rolls. I am looking forward to the “Bombs” when you do find a recipe. 🙂

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  20. Ivy, These look even better than the ones I just made with raisins. Love the orange flavored icing on top.

  21. Hi Ivy, Just to let you know, I made these yesterday….. delicious!! I added a few more currants (fave).
    Could you tell me which ‘cup’ size you are using? Is it US? I have to convert everything.
    I’ll try to add a photo on my blog later, if there’s any left!! Husband loved them.

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  22. heart n soul

    I made them, teleia! They’ll become a staple:)

  23. Christos Anesti
    Happy Easter Ivy, we are both Orthodox
    your bread is very delicious… I did it once and lost the recipe
    thanks for sharing…
    I will try yours soon.

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  25. Ivy, where I can find full version of recipe?I would like to prepare it?

    • Ivy

      Elena, all my Cypriot recipes are included in my cookbook.

      • if I understand -I have to pay for online version, correct?