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Cream Buns Recipe

Sponge: In a medium sized bowl, stir the flour with the yeast. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the water. With a plastic scraper or wooden spoon, work the flour into the liquid, until all the flour has been moistened. Place into a medium sized container that has been lightly oiled, cover, and let it sit (ferment) at room temperature for 12 - 14 hours. During that time it will double in size and become nice and spongy.

Buns: In a large bowl, stir the flour with the yeast, salt, sugar, and dried milk powder.

Pour the cold water into the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook. Then add the Sponge (cut into pieces), the egg, and the flour mixture. Knead the dough on 1st speed for 5 minutes. Increase your mixer speed to 2nd speed and continue to knead the dough for about 4 to 5 minutes or until the dough cleans the bowl and is smooth, elastic, and a little sticky. (If the dough is too sticky, knead it a minute or two longer.) Add the butter and continue to knead the dough, on 2nd speed, for another 3 to 5 minutes or until the dough cleans the bowl and is smooth and elastic. The dough will be a little sticky.

Place your dough in a large bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit (ferment) at room temperature (about 75 degree F) (24 degree C) for one hour.

Next, turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface. You want the top of the dough to now be on the bottom. Lightly flour the top of your dough and with the palms of your hands flatten the dough slightly. Then divide the dough into 12 equal pieces (about 73 grams each). When you divide the dough use a pastry scraper or knife and cut, don't pull or stretch, the dough. Then, working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten the dough into a round. Next, take the edges of the dough and fold them into the center and gently seal. Then flip your dough over so the smooth side is facing up. With the palm of your hand rotate the ball of dough, on an unfloured surface, to create surface tension and to seal the edges of the dough completely. Place the Buns on a baking sheet, that has been lined with parchment paper. Cover the pan with plastic wrap that has been lightly oiled or sprayed with a non stick vegetable spray and let proof at room temperature for about 1 1/2 hours. (If you lightly press into the dough, your finger will leave a slight indentation.)

Egg Wash: In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the cream.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degree F (200 degree C).

When the Buns are ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap.  With a pastry brush, lightly brush the Buns with the egg wash. Bake for about 14 - 16 minutes or until the Buns are golden brown. If you tap the Bun it will sound hollow. About halfway through baking, turn your pan front to back to promote even baking. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Let the Buns cool completely before cutting and filling with the whipped cream.

Whipped Cream: In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment (or with a hand mixer, or by hand with a wire whisk), place the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract and whip until stiff peaks form. Place the whipped cream in a pastry bag, fitted with a large star tip (#1M).

Cream Buns: Using a sharp knife, horizontally cut the tops off of each Bun. Pipe swirls of the whipped cream on the bottom half of the Bun. Dust the tops of the Buns with powdered sugar and place on the whipped cream. Best eaten the day they are made, but they can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two. The unfilled Buns can be frozen for one month.

Makes 12 Cream Buns.


1 cup minus 1 tablespoon (115 grams) unbleached bread flour

1/8 teaspoon SAF Red instant yeast Available on Amazon #ad

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon (75 grams) cold filtered water


2 2/3 cups (350 grams) unbleached All Purpose Flour

1 1/4 teaspoons (4 grams) SAF Gold instant yeast Available on Amazon #ad

2 teaspoons (8 grams) fine kosher salt

2 tablespoons (28 grams) granulated white sugar

3 1/2 tablespoons (25 grams) dried milk powder

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons (185 grams) cold filtered water

1 large cold egg (50 grams out of shell)

5 tablespoons (70 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

Egg Wash:

1 large egg yolk (about 17 grams), at room temperature

1/2 tablespoon cream

Whipped Cream:

2 cups (480 ml/grams) cold heavy whipping cream (cream with a 35-40% butterfat content)

1/4 - 1/3 cup (50 - 65 grams) granulated white sugar (or to taste)

1/2 - 1 teaspoon (2 - 4 grams) pure vanilla extract

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