In this instructable I will show you how you can make special Valentine buns. The base of this sticky buns is actually an old Dutch sweet treat called bolus, but it's presented differently. These sweet heart buns will keep you craving more and more. They are sticky and sweet and sugary and cinnamon.
The buns are made with a sweet bread dough that is soft and a little chewy. I make the bread dough completely by hand. I make a flour wall and inside the flour wall I combine yeast, sugar and water of about 70℉/30℃ so the yeast can be activated. Then I add milk and a ½ beaten egg to the water.As salt breaks down yeast, I sprinkle the salt on the flour wall.
Now it is time to dig in and combine the water yeast egg milk mixture and add the flour. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until elastic and soft. When it turned into a consistent dough it is time to take soft butter and knead that through the dough. At first it will be slippery and sticky but resist the urge to add flour. Keep on kneading the butter through the dough. Then cut the dough into 6 equal pieces and knead them in balls similar to a golf ball.
Put them on parchment paper on a baking tray. Repeat for all the 5 remaining balls cover with a wet cloth and let it proof for 1 hour. To make the sweet hearts roll a ball into long string. Brush with water and roll into a castor sugar and cinnamon mix and roll them into the shape of a heart. Don’t you just love this?
Bake it short into a hot oven et voila here you have sticky sweet heart sugar cinnamon buns.
Step 1: Watch One Minute Video
Want to see how to make the sticky sweet heart cinnamon buns? Then watch the 1-minute food inspiration video.
Step 2: What Do You Need to Make This Recipe
To make six sticky buns you need the following ingredients:
- 250 grams of patent flour
- ½ egg
- 4 grams of yeast
- 3 grams of salt
- 8 grams of crystal sugar
- 100 ml of warm water
- 25 ml of milk
- 13 grams of butter
- 65 grams of brown or dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Step 3: Instructions
- Pour the flour onto the worktop and make a wal of flour.
- Put the yeast and sugar in the middle of the flour.
- Sprinkle the salt in the flour.
- Now slowly add the water to the yeast and sugar and stir this with your fingers.
- Now the half-eaten egg.
- Mix with your fingers all wet parts and take a little flour every time until the water, milk and egg have absorbed the flour.
- Knead with your right hand into a cohesive dough.
- Add the butter and knead well. The dough first becomes sticky and then elastic.
- Divide into 6 equal parts of about 75 grams.
- Turn balls of this. Place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let them rise for 1 hour under a damp cloth.
- Pre-heat the oven to 500℉.
- Take a ball and here a long strand of about 35 centimeters.
- Combine the caster sugar with the cinnamon.
- Wet the string of dough and pass through the sugar mixture. Form a heart by rolling both ends up a little bit and pushing them together. Put this on the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Immediately in the oven and bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until the sugar begins to caramelise.
- Remove from the oven and allow the sweet heart bolus to cool down on a piece of baking paper.
Step 4: Notes
They taste even better the day after baking and can be kept in the freezer so you can enjoy them the whole week long (if they taste that long).
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you tried out this recipe or have some suggestions then let me know via the comments.
More information and a printable recipe can be found on The Tortill Channel.