Have you ever had a cream bun? It’s almost the same as the famous ice cream sandwich, but we will be combining bread buns with flavored whipping cream. If you are looking for an easy dessert recipe to try with your little ones during your free time, waste no more time and scroll up your sleeves right away!
Where do cream buns come from?
Variations of this treat exist and thrive all around the world. However, many would agree with me that the most well-known and acceptable origin of it is Hong Kong before it spreads to China and gains its reputation. (1)
Typically, Chinese sweet buns are recognized by their elliptical, slightly elongated shape. It has a golden, possibly brown, texture depending on the cook’s liking, and a signature split in the middle. After baking, they will cut the buns open and squeeze cream into the gap.
The chefs usually use bread flour, eggs, yeast, milk (condensed and powdered), butter, sugar, and ‘tangzhong’ (bread and water mixed) for the buns, therefore they have both the scent and the taste of baked goods. It’s also a reason why buttercream is such a good combination with them, even though consumers are discovering and trying many more flavors today.
How to make a cream bun?Print
Cream Bun Recipe | Delicious Homemade Buns
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 2 hrs
- Category: How to cake
- Method: Baking
You will need to prepare the cream bun dough and the cream separately. Let’s take a look at the necessary ingredients:
- 15g sugar
- ½ teaspoon yeast
- 180g flour
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 55ml non-sugar fresh milk
- 100ml whipping cream
- Flavored powders (cocoa, matcha, vanilla)
We will also need an oven to bake the buns before filling them with delicious cream.
Step 1: Bake the bread buns
- Add the supplies mentioned in the list of ingredients for your bread into a large bowl before blending them well. As you proceed, the flour will absorb the liquids and become a drier mixture.
- On a clean surface, lay the batter out and knead them well. Use your fingers and knuckles to punch and turn the dough over and over until you obtain a doughy sphere.
- Cover the dough and leave it to ferment for 60 – 90 minutes. If you are an observer, you would find the way it slowly expands very interesting!
- Divide your batter into 6 parts and shape them into a cylinder-like form. When you press gently on the middle part of them, they will receive a shape similar to the small bread buns you often see in a bakery.
- Use another egg yolk to coat the upper side of the buns for that crispy and delicious texture.
- Give them about 15 minutes to bake at 190oC in the oven while we move onto the cream recipe!
Step 2: Make the cream
- Whisk the whipping cream into a spongy substance.
- Here’s where you get creative! I made 3 different flavors (matcha, cocoa, vanilla) from the whisked cream since I love them all equally. In my opinion, fruit jams or powders are worth considering as well!
Step 3: Fill the buns
- Slice a nice slit on the front side of your soon-to-be cream bun and make sure it’s deep enough to hold the filling.
- Fill the gap with your desired cream flavor and sprinkle some sugar over the bun if you are an extremely sweet tooth.
Tips for the perfect bread:
- Don’t rush. The dough needs some time to rise and expand, or else your cream bun will be a stiff load of batter. If you must hurry and do other things, use soda bread instead!
- Choose the right yeast from 3 main types of it: active dried, fast-acting dried, fresh. The second type is compatible with most ovens.
- You might skip the salt if the taste isn’t too important to you. Not many people know salt contributes to high blood pressure, and it inhibits the activeness of the yeast.
- How to make your bread rise? The quality of the flour plays a big role. Extra-strong flour products have higher gluten content, which gives your buns the rise common flours can’t offer. Nonetheless, we usually have to improvise when something is missing, and lemon or orange can be your savior. Vitamin C strengthens gluten, but it might also speed things up too much.
- Chilling and kneading. Kneading the dough with bare hands allows us to feel the batter. If it’s too sticky, let it wait for a few more minutes before continuing. After all, cooking is potentially therapeutic, hence we should enjoy it!
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As you might have guessed from how many calories in a cream bun, it is more than capable of giving you an energetic morning. You can prepare two of them one day ahead and reheat them for a convenient breakfast! However, these buns can be a new favorite to enjoy with your afternoon tea as well. For equally delicious dishes, try our Butter Cookies or Potato Garlic Rings and subscribe to our channel!