Buns with chocolate or homemade jam will instantly fill your home with a sweet scent and childhood memories. Buhtle are one of our favorite puff pastry desserts, not only because they are irresistibly fine, but also easy to prepare. They are also great for beginners who have not yet encountered leavened dough, but also for gastronomic masters who will prepare buns as a joke.
Homemade buns are easy to prepare. You only need to know a few simple tricks to prepare the perfect homemade buns with chocolate or jam. First, make sure that all the ingredients for the buns are at room temperature, only the milk should be warm to make it easier to activate the yeast. When it comes to the yeast itself, fresh is always a better option. Activate it in milk and a little sugar and add to the main mixture. You can replace some of the milk with cream to make the bun batter even softer, and you’ll know it’s perfectly blended when it stops sticking to your hands.
The dough should be soft at the same time, but also elastic and smooth. Care should also be taken not to knead it for too long because then it will be harder to double in volume and be more compact. Fill the buns with chocolate or jam. Traditionally, buns are filled with homemade plum jam, and they are also great if you complete them with apricot jam.
The best homemade buns
- 400 g flour
- 140 ml of milk
- 80 g butter (40 + 40)
- 60 g of sugar
- 25 g of fresh yeast
- 2 eggs
- 1 bag of vanilla sugar
- 1 lemon (zest)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Jam or chocolate spread as desired
- First mix the warm milk with the sugar and add the yeast. Leave the yeast to activate for about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients – flour, salt, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla sugar.
- Stir and then add eggs, activated yeast and 40 g of melted butter. Knead the smooth dough well.
- Then place the smooth and uniform dough in an oiled pan. Cover it with a cloth and put it in a warm corner of the house and wait for it to double in volume. Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured kitchen base and weigh it.
- Divide the weight of the dough by 12, that’s how much each ball of dough will be heavy.
- Flatten each of the 12 balls individually with your hands and place a filling spoon of your choice in the middle. Bend the ends of the dough towards the middle and press them well. Arrange the buns in a baking sheet pre-coated with butter or lined with baking paper, placing the part where the bun dough is joined at the bottom.
- Leave the stacked buns to rise for 20 minutes, then coat them with the rest of the melted butter.
- Bake the buns for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, or until they turn golden yellow.
- Once done, let the buns cool a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Although they are finest for consumption when they are warm, they will also be soft and fine when they’re cooled.