I haven’t baked bread or buns for a while now. Baking usually takes up the whole of my afternoon, which could be time well-spent on other necessary house chores nowadays. But this recipe on Pinterest had to keep showing up on my Pinterest homepage – Buchteln – bread made of milk and butter, with apricot jam hidden within. Hmm… sounds like a must-do this Christmas season!
This recipe actually looks very daunting at first, what with the blogger confessing that amateurish buchteln-ers could mess the whole dough up if s/he isn’t skillful at the very last step – when one tries to wrap the flimsy dough around the jam. Well, I guess it helps to breathe in the Christmas festive air of cheeriness and audacity because I finally gave it a try… and succeeded!
The bread tasted heavenly – soft, sweet, airy, light, sweet, fragrant, airy (repeat x 10 times).
- Milk: 150ml, warmed
- Active dry yeast: 5g (1.5 tsp)
- Fine sugar: 40g
- Large egg: 1
- Melted butter: 77g + 2 tbsp extra
- Vanilla essence: 1/2 tsp
- Salt: 1/4 tsp
- Plain flour: 325g, sifted + extra
- Apricot jam: 5 tbsp
- Powder sugar: 2 tbsp
- Pour milk into large mixing bowl.
- Sprinkle dry yeast over milk. Leave to activate for 10min.
- Stir in sugar, egg, butter, vanilla essence and salt.
- Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour.
- Using oiled hands, pick dough up and fold edges into center for a few min. Try not to add flour into the wet dough.
- Leave dough inside mixing bowl. Cover with cling wrap and leave to proof for 1hr.
- Place baking parchment onto baking pan. Grease with extra melted butter.
- Preheat oven at 190 degrees Celsius.
- Transfer dough onto floured surface. Divide into 12 equal portions.
- For each portion, fold edges into center several times. Flatten into 3″ wide piece with a thicker center and thinner edge.
- Place flattened dough on top of the circle formed by the joined thumb and index finger. Place jam in center of dough. Bring up edge of dough to wrap and pinch to seal tightly.
- Bring sides of dough inwards towards pinched center. Place the sealed sides downwards onto baking pan.
- Repeat steps 10 to 12 for remaining 11 pieces of dough.
- Place into pan with a little space apart.Brush melted butter generously onto buns.
- Cover with cling wrap. Proof for 30min.
- Bake 25 min till golden brown.
- Remove from oven. Leave to cool for 10min.
- Dust with powder sugar to serve.
- Placing the flattened doughs onto the circle formed by your joined thumb and index finger while spooning the jam onto it makes it a lot easier to wrap without creating any mess.
- Do not put too much jam onto the dough! Once the jam leaks out of the dough or gets too close to the edges, wrapping and sealing the dough will be impossible!
- This recipe was kindly adapted from Little Vienna’s ‘Buchteln – Sweet Austrian Yeast Buns’. Thanks for all the wonderful little tips that you gave in it!
- Instead of brushing the buchteln doughs with melted butter, there are other recipes that call for these buns to be directly dipped into a bowl of melted butter. I find this very messy and prefer the brushing method much more.