How to Make Soft and Fluffy Sweet Buns
Bread can be a wonderful starter to a meal or a tantalising afternoon snack. There's nothing better than the aroma of freshly baked bread, and these buns are so appetising that you will be tempted to eat more than just one. They can be served with navel orange marmalade, Nutella or even Vegemite. With the aroma still lingering in the kitchen, it is so rewarding to sit down with a good magazine, sip a cup of coffee and devour these freshly baked buns.
There are two variations of sweet buns with this recipe. Half of the recipe can be used to make plain sweet buns, while a coconut topping can be added to the other half.
- 480g plain flour
- 4 tablespoons caster sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons dry yeast
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 150ml lukewarm water
- 40g butter chopped
- fine dessicated coconut, for topping
- additional 25g plain flour, to be cooked first with 125ml water
- Cook 25g of plain flour in 125ml water until the mixture thickens. Set this cooked flour mixture aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
- To prepare the dough, sift the flour, milk powder, caster sugar and salt into a bowl.
- Add in dry yeast and mix well. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add in the beaten egg, cooked flour mixture, butter and mix well.
- Gradually add in water and mix to form a soft dough. If you have a KitchenAid flour mixer, transfer dough to the mixer and mix for 5 minutes on low speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Otherwise, transfer dough onto a floured surface and knead for 20 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Roll the dough into a big ball and put it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave it in a warm place. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size. This should take at least one hour on cooler days. The dough must double in size; otherwise, the buns will not be fluffy and soft!
- When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down with your fist. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for another 10 minutes.
- Then divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
- Place the dough portions on a baking tray. Leave the tray in a warm place until the dough portions have doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Brush the top of each bun with lightly beaten egg.
- Optional step: If you'd like to make sweet buns with coconut topping, sprinkle desiccated coconut on top of the buns.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the top of the bread buns is golden brown. Remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool slightly.
- Enjoy while still warm with lemon jam, orange marmalade, Nutella or Vegemite. They're delicious plain, as well!
In the above photo, I made nine buns with coconut topping and left the rest plain.
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