Coffee Buns

These buns have a crispy coffee flavoured topping and a buttery, feather-soft inside. They are truly delicious and easy to make! Makes 10 buns.

50g butter
325g bread flour
3,5ml salt
150ml milk
45g butter
10g instant yeast
35ml sugar
1 egg

For the topping:
60g sugar
60g butter, room temperature
10ml warm water
2,5ml coffee powder
1 egg
70g flour
a pinch of salt

Cut the 50g butter into ten equal pieces, wrap in baking paper and place it in the freezer.
Line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
Add the flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook.
Warm the milk until tepid and pour it into a mixing bowl.
Add the butter, instant yeast and sugar to the milk and stir until dissolved.
Turn the mixer onto a low speed and add the liquids. Mix/knead for about 3 minutes. The dough will be very sticky!
Turn the mixer to medium speed and knead for another 6 minutes. You want a dough that is soft, smooth and elastic.
Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces – weigh them on a scale, they should be around 60g each.
Roll each portion into a ball and then roll the ball into a disc with a rolling pin – about 9cm in diameter.
Take the butter cubes from the freezer and place a cube in the centre of the dough disc. Lift the sides and cover the butter with the dough, pinching it together, to seal.
Flip the ball over and place on the prepared baking sheet. Keep going until there is no dough left.
Spray some plastic wrap with cooking spray and lightly cover the buns. Set aside to proof for 90 minutes.

Coffee topping:
Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Beat until the mixture is light in colour and has a fluffy texture.
Dissolve the coffee powder in the warm water and add to the butter mixture. Stir through by hand.
Add the egg and stir until incorporated.
Add the flour and salt and stir to mix.
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and place in the refrigerator until needed.

Preheat your oven to 180℃.
Pipe the coffee topping in a tight circular pattern, starting from the centre of the bun working a third of the way down.
Bake the buns for 20 minutes.

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