Cream Buns

I’m always seeing videos of cream buns, I never felt the urge to try them because it is just bread and whipped cream….I didn’t think they would taste that good.

I was very wrong. The fluffiness of the bread plus the lightness and sweetness of the whipped cream go so well together.

When I first tested this recipe I was actually shocked when I ate them. I didn’t expect them to taste as good as they did. It’s such a simple dessert but so amazing!

The cream buns on a tray, after cocoa powder was dusted over them.

Video Tutorial

Milk bread buns

The first thing we need for this recipe is some bread buns.

I love using a Japanese milk bread dough when making any type of bread, it’s always so soft and fluffy.

If you’ve never had milk bread before, it is essentially a white bread. But it uses milk instead of water, which gives it much more flavour. And typically, it also uses a tangzhong, which makes it extra soft.

The bread bun recipe I made for this does have a few extra ingredients that is usually not used in milk bread. But I wanted my buns to be a little more sweet and buttery, so I would these buns are like half milk bread, half brioche.

But they started off as milk bread, so I’m just calling it that.

What is tangzhong?

Like I mentioned, Japanese milk bread uses a tangzhong.

This is just a mixture of flour and a liquid, that has been heated until it turns into a thick paste. This is then added into the dough.

This makes your bread so much more softer and fluffier. I love using it.

I don’t know the full scientific reason why this makes a difference, all I know is that is allows your dough to absorb more liquid.

It is an extra step, but it doesn’t take long and it is so worth it. Don’t try leaving out!

1 cream bun being held up.

Ingredients for the buns

Here are the ingredients you are going to need to make the buns:

  • Bread flour – bread flour is the best kind of bread to use, it’s going to give you the fluffiest results.
  • Granulated sugar – caster sugar works too.
  • Milk powder – this is going to add flavour and make the buns softer.
  • Salt – to enhance the flavours.
  • Yeast – I like to use instant yeast.
  • Eggs – we’re using 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk. The extra egg yolk is going make the bread much richer.
  • Vanilla extract – I don’t normally see people add vanilla into bread doughs but I added it for extra flavour, I felt like it was a nice addition. This is optional though.
  • The tangzhong – there’s been so many times where I’ve made this, but then I forget to add it to the dough. Please don’t forget, this is your reminder to not forget to add it.
  • Whole milk – you want this to be slightly warm, NOT HOT, just warm to the touch. You can just heat it in your microwave for about 30 seconds. 
  • Unsalted butter – use softened butter, this will mix into the dough better.
1 of the buns on a baking paper lined tray, before being baked.

Ingredient substitutions

The bread flour

Bread flour has more protein in it than plain/all purpose flour. Because of this, bread flour will give your bread more structure, which allows it to hold it’s shape better in the oven. Leaving you with fluffier bread.

But you can replace this with plain/all purpose flour if you wanted too. They will still taste good, just a little less fluffy.

The milk powder

Milk powder does 2 things in bread.

It adds flavour and it also acts as a tenderiser, giving you softer bread. 

This ingredient is optional, if you don’t have it you can leave it out. But I very much recommend using it, it makes a difference.

The instant yeast

I like to use instant yeast, I just find it easier because I can add it straight into my bowl with the other ingredients.

But if you only have or can only find active yeast, this works too. You will just have to activate it first.

To do this, all you need to do is add this into your warm milk, along with a teaspoon of your sugar. Mix this together, then leave aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes it should look foamy, this means it is ready to use. Just add it into your bowl with the other ingredients and start mixing!

The top of 6 of the buns, after being baked.

The whipped cream

These are the ingredients you are going to need to make the whipped cream:

  • Double cream – also known as heavy cream. Whipping cream works too.
  • Icing sugar – also known as powdered sugar.
  • Vanilla extract – for flavour.

That is it, all you need to do is whip these together until the cream thickens and you get firm peaks.

I wanted to mention, the amount of sugar you use in this is up to you. I used 200g, but make the cream to taste. If you want it to be sweeter, add more, if you want less sweetness, add less.

Adjusting the amount of sugar won’t affect the whipped cream.

How to fix over whipped cream

You only want to whip this until you get a fluffy smooth cream. 

If you over whip this, instead of fluffy it will just be thick. And it won’t very smooth.

If you feel like this has happened, don’t worry it is fixable.

Just pour some un-whipped cream into it, then gently mix this in. Keep repeating this until the cream goes back to being smooth.

The only time where this fix won’t work is if the cream has been so over whipped that it turns into butter. So try not to get to this point.

The filled cream buns on a baking paper lined tray, before cocoa powder was dusted on top of them.

Storing the cream buns

Here’s the thing, these taste much better fresh.

After your buns have been baked and cooled, you’re going to fill them with the cream. In my personal opinion, this is the best time to eat them. The buns will be the softest and fluffiest at this point.

Once they have been in the fridge for a bit, the bread does lose it’s softness. It still tastes great, but it’s a bit of a different experience when you eat it.

If you did want to store them though, you absolutely can. Just store them in an air tight container and place them in your fridge. They will last in their for around 4-5 days!

Here are some other recipes I posted recently, I think you should try these too:

Cream Buns

Ingredients
Makes: 6-8 buns

  • For the tangzhong:
  • 20g bread flour

  • 100ml whole milk

  • For the dough:
  • 330g bread flour

  • 60g granulated sugar

  • 30g milk powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 8g instant yeast

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • The tangzhong

  • 120ml whole milk, slightly warm (just heat it for 30 seconds in your microwave)

  • 60g unsalted butter, softened

  • For the whipped cream:
  • 500ml double cream

  • 200g icing sugar (you can adjust this amount)

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Extras:
  • 1 egg, for an egg wash

  • Some extra melted unsalted butter, to brush on top of the baked buns (optional)

  • Some cocoa powder, to dust on top (also optional)

Directions

  • Making the tangzhong:
  • In a pot, add the flour and milk. Mix these together then place this pot over medium heat.
  • Heat this mixture, whiles stirring, until the mixture turns into a thick paste. This doesn't take long so don't walk away.
  • Leave this to cool down in your fridge just for about 5 minutes.
  • Making the dough:
  • Add all the ingredients into a large bowl, except the butter. Remember to add the tangzhong you just made.
  • Mix all this together until a dough forms.
  • Once a dough forms, add in the softened butter, then knead this for 15 minutes.
  • After the dough has been kneaded, place it into a slightly greased bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Forming the buns:
  • Once the dough has risen, you can form the buns.
  • Get a 100g piece of the dough and form this into a ball. Be gentle when doing this, you don't want to squeeze the dough too much. Side note, this dough is sticky so have some flour next to you to help.
  • Place this onto a baking paper lined tray, then repeat until you've used all of the dough.
  • Gently cover the buns then leave them to rest in a warm place for about 1 hour. After an hour they should look slightly puffier and feel softer.
  • Baking the buns:
  • About 10 minutes before you're ready to bake the buns, pre-heat your oven to 180c/350f.
  • Once your buns have rested, get an egg and whisk it. Lightly brush this onto the surface of the buns.
  • Bake these for around 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. After being baked, I brushed the tops of them with some melted butter. This just makes them shiny and adds a little extra flavour, but you don't need to do this.
  • Leave these to cool completely.
  • Making the whipped cream:
  • In a large bowl, add the double cream, icing sugar and vanilla. Whip this until you get firm peaks.
  • Leave this in your fridge until ready to use.
  • Filling the buns:
  • Once your buns have cooled and the whipped cream has been made, you can assemble.
  • Get one bun and make a slit into it, make sure you don't cut all the way through. Fill this slit with whipped cream, then smooth the cream out.
  • Repeat this with all the buns, dust some cocoa powder on top, then enjoy!
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