Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
...but not only for breakfast. These little buns are great for breakfast, brunch or tea time. The goat cheese in this buns make the difference. Serve the buns with your favorite jam and some soft butter. And reserve yourself one, because they will disappear to soon.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 ounce baker's yeast (see note)
- 1⁄4 cup milk (lukewarm)
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 3 ounces caster sugar
- 4 1⁄2 ounces cream cheese
- 4 1⁄2 ounces cream goat cheese (see note)
- 1 medium egg
- 1 dash salt
- 3 ounces butter (melted)
- 1⁄2 lemon, zest of, grated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- flour (additional and for workspace)
- Sift flour into a large bowl, make a well in the middle and crumble the yeast into it.
- Dissolve 1 tablespoon caster sugar in lukewarm milk. Pour over yeast and mix with yeast and some of the flour. This first yeast-mixture should be still fluid. Cover and let rise in warm place for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile: Mix all other ingredients for the buns until smooth.
- Add this mixture to the yeast and flour. Mix first with a spoon.
- Then knead with floured hands until dough is peeling away from the side of the bowl and blistering. This step may take 10 minutes (or more). Use some additional flour, if dough is too sticky. At the end you should have a smooth dough. See note.
- Cover and let rise in warm place for about 30 to 40 minutes or until dough has doubled.
- Line out baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat oven (390°F, 200°C).
- After dough has doubled, knead again a few times. Roll out on a floured workspace. About 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out circles of about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Place the buns on baking tray. Let rise again for 15 minutes.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the top of the buns are slightly golden.
- Take out and let cool completely.
- NOTE on baker's yeast: also called cake yeast. It is the yeast sold as a solid block. You could replace it by dry yeast. If you use dry yeast, dissolve the dry yeast in lukewarm water prior adding it to the flour. Use as much dry yeast as you would need for 3 cups flour.
- NOTE on cream goat cheese: I like the taste of goat cheese here, but you could replace it by any other cream cheese of your choice.
- NOTE on dough: You could also use the dough hook of your food processor to knead the dough. But I prefer to do it by hand and I always have the feeling, that the texture of a hand kneaded dough is different.
A beautifully tender and light little bun. We made these for tea and served them with real butter and Lemon Jewel Marmalade. What a perfect combination! I used 1 tablespoon of granulated yeast instead of the cake of baker's yeast called for in in the ingredients and regular granulated sugar for the caster sugar (didn't have any). Three ounces of sugar measures out to 6 tablespoons of granulated, for you future US bakers. The dough hooks made quick work of the dough, with final kneading done by hand. Thanks for a great treat, Thorsten.