These buns are a culinary masterpiece that combines the best of both worlds: a tantalizingly crispy sesame seed crust and a heavenly drizzle of sweet honey, all wrapped around a soft, moist interior that’s pure perfection.

Imagine sinking your teeth into these delightful buns and experiencing a symphony of flavors. The delicate sweetness of the honey complements the nutty aroma of the sesame seeds, creating a harmonious balance that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Not only do these buns taste heavenly, but they also have a visual appeal that is hard to resist. The glistening sesame seeds on the golden crust lend an air of elegance, making them a perfect accompaniment to any meal or a delightful treat on their own.

Whether you enjoy them fresh out of the oven, still warm and fragrant, or savor them later at room temperature, these buns will take you on a culinary journey you won’t soon forget. So go ahead and indulge yourself in this delectable creation and experience pure bliss with every bite.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS RECIPES?

You’ll absolutely adore this recipe for so many reasons. First and foremost, it’s a culinary symphony of textures and flavors. The crispy sesame seed bottom offers a delightful crunch that perfectly complements the sweet and aromatic honey drizzle on top. When you sink your teeth into the soft, moist interior, it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth.

But it’s not just about taste; it’s about the joy of creating something exceptional in your own kitchen. This recipe is surprisingly easy to master, even for novice bakers, and the end result is nothing short of impressive. The golden-brown buns with their sesame-studded bottoms are visually stunning and a testament to your culinary prowess.

Furthermore, these buns are versatile enough to enjoy at any time of day. Whether you savor them as a satisfying snack, a delectable dessert, or a delightful breakfast treat, they’ll always hit the spot. And when you share them with friends and family, their faces will light up with joy. So, get ready to fall in love with our Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns, and let your taste buds embark on a delicious adventure you won’t soon forget. 🍯🍞❤️

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTES

Ingredient quantities please refer to the recipes card (Click here)!

For the Dough:

  • Cold Milk  –  Cold milk adds moisture to the dough. You can substitute it with room temperature milk or even water if needed.
  • Dry Yeast  –  Yeast is a leavening agent that helps the dough rise. You can substitute dry yeast with fresh yeast using the ratio (1 teaspoon of instant yeast ≈ 3.1 grams (approximately 1/10 ounce) of fresh yeast.)
  • Castor Sugar  –  Castor sugar is fine granulated sugar. You can use regular granulated sugar as a substitute.
  • Bread Flour  –  Bread flour has a higher protein content than all-purpose flour, which gives the buns a chewier texture. Not recommended to substitute with other flour.
  • Milk Powder  –  Milk powder adds a dairy flavor and can enhance the softness of the dough. You can substitute it with liquid milk by adjusting the total liquid quantity in the recipe accordingly.
  • Salt  –  Salt enhances the flavor of the dough. You can use any salt, including sea salt or kosher salt.
  • Honey  –  Honey provides a touch of sweetness and moist to the dough. You can substitute it with sugar if you prefer.
  • Unsalted Butter  –  Unsalted butter adds richness and flavor to the dough. You can substitute it with salted butter, but adjust the additional salt in the recipe accordingly.

For the Toppings:

  • White Sesame Seeds –  White sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and visual appeal to the buns. You can substitute them with black sesame seeds.
  • Castor Sugar  –  Similar to the sugar in the dough, you can use regular granulated sugar as a substitute.
  • Honey  –  The honey in the toppings provides sweetness and a sticky glaze. There’s no direct substitute for honey, but you can use maple syrup or agave nectar as alternatives.
  • Water –  Water is used to thin the honey for the topping.
  • Unsalted Butter  –  Similar to the butter in the dough, you can substitute it with salted butter and adjust the additional salt in the recipe accordingly.
  • Egg (for egg wash)  –  The egg wash adds a shiny finish to the buns. You can omit it if you have dietary restrictions or allergies. To replace it, you can use a milk wash or even water for a lighter wash.

These substitutes should help you adapt the recipe to your preferences and dietary needs while maintaining the delicious essence of the Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns.

RECIPES TIPS

  • Measure Ingredients Accurately: Use kitchen scale for precise measurements. Accurate measurements are crucial in baking, where ratios matter.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Many recipes, especially for baking, call for ingredients like eggs, butter, and dairy to be at room temperature unless specified. This ensures even mixing and better texture.
  • Dough Consistency: Pay attention to the dough’s consistency while kneading. It should be smooth and elastic. If it’s too sticky, you can add a bit more flour, but do so sparingly to avoid making the dough too dry.
  • Proper Proofing: During the proofing stages, allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size. The time can vary depending on the temperature of your kitchen, so be patient.
  • Even Bun Size: When dividing the dough into portions and shaping them into balls, aim for consistency in size to ensure even baking. You can weigh the portions to be precise.
  • Sealing the Buns: When rolling the dough into logs and cutting them, make sure to seal the edges well. This prevents the buns from unraveling during baking.
  • Dip and Coat: When dipping the cut side of the dough into the honey-water mixture and then into the sesame seed and sugar mixture, make sure they are well coated. This will give your buns that signature crispy bottom.
  • Butter Cubes Placement: When placing small cubes of unsalted butter in between the buns before baking, ensure they are distributed evenly for consistent flavor.
  • Egg Wash Application: When brushing the buns with egg wash before baking, be gentle to avoid deflating the dough. A light, even coat will give your buns a beautiful golden sheen.
  • Cooling Properly: After baking, allow the buns to cool on a rack. Brushing the bun surface with the honey-water mixture while they are still slightly warm will help the flavor penetrate and add moisture.
  • Enjoy Fresh: These buns are at their best when fresh out of the oven. Enjoy them while they are warm and at their crispiest.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Full recipes and Thermomix® instructions please refer to the recipes card (Click here)!

  1. Prep the Pan: Grease a baking tin (19 cm x 19 cm x 5 cm) and set it aside.
  2. Mix the Dough: In a mixing bowl, combine cold milk, dry yeast, castor sugar, bread flour, milk powder, and salt. Knead for 3 minutes until it’s smooth.
  3. Add Butter and Honey: Add unsalted butter and honey to the dough. Knead for another 3 minutes until it’s soft and elastic.
  4. Let It Rise: Place the dough on a pastry mat, wrap it, and let it rise for 45 minutes until it doubles in size.
  5. Prepare Toppings: In one bowl, mix white sesame seeds and castor sugar. In another bowl, mix honey and water.
  6. Shape the Dough: After the dough rises, punch it down and divide it into 8 equal parts. Shape each part into a ball and let them rest for 15 minutes.
  7. Roll and Coat: Roll each ball into a rectangle, then roll it up tightly to form a log. Dip the cut side into the honey-water mixture and then into the sesame seed and sugar mixture.
  8. Arrange in Pan: Put the buns, cut-side down, in rows of four in the prepared baking tin.
  9. Let It Rise Again: Cover the buns and let them rise for 30-45 minutes until they double in size.
  10. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  11. Egg Wash and Butter: Brush each bun with egg wash, sprinkle sesame seeds on top, and place small butter cubes between the buns.
  12. Bake: Bake the buns at 180°C (356°F) for 30-35 minutes until they’re light golden brown.
  13. Final Glaze: After baking, transfer the buns to a cooling rack and lightly brush them with the honey-water mixture.
  14. Cool and Enjoy: Let the buns cool completely before serving. Enjoy your Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns!

WHAT ELSE TO SERVE WITH ?

Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns can be enjoyed on their own as a delicious snack or breakfast treat, but they can also be paired with a variety of accompaniments to create a more substantial meal or spread. Here are some ideas for what else to serve with these buns:

  • Butter and Jam: Spread some creamy butter and your favorite fruit jam or preserves on the buns for a classic and comforting snack.
  • Cream Cheese: A smear of creamy, tangy cream cheese pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of the honey and the nuttiness of the sesame seeds.
  • Ham and Cheese: Create savory sandwiches by adding slices of ham and cheese between the buns. Heat them briefly to melt the cheese for a warm, savory treat.
  • Egg Salad: Make egg salad sandwiches with the buns. The soft, slightly sweet buns contrast nicely with the creamy egg salad filling.
  • Soup: Serve the buns as a side with your favorite soup, such as tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, or a hearty stew.
  • Salad: Pair the buns with a fresh garden salad for a balanced meal. They can be used as a base for croutons or enjoyed alongside your greens.
  • Fresh Fruits: Serve the buns with a platter of fresh fruits like sliced apples, pears, or berries for a refreshing contrast.
  • Tea or Coffee: Enjoy the buns with a cup of hot tea or coffee for a delightful morning or afternoon snack.
  • Yogurt: Pair the buns with yogurt and drizzle some extra honey on top for a sweet and creamy combination.
  • Ice Cream: Turn them into dessert sandwiches by adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two buns.

Feel free to get creative and combine these ideas to create a meal or snack that suits your taste preferences. Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns are versatile and can complement both sweet and savory accompaniments.

MADE AHEAD INSTRUCTIONS

If you’d like to prepare Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns ahead of time, you have a couple of options to ensure they remain fresh and tasty:

Option 1: Make Ahead and Freeze:

  1. Follow the recipe instructions up to the point where you have shaped the buns and applied the honey-water and sesame seed coating.
  2. Instead of letting them rise for the second time and proceeding with baking, place the shaped buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are not touching each other.
  3. Flash-freeze the buns on the baking sheet for about 1-2 hours or until they are firm.
  4. Once frozen, transfer the buns to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Be sure to separate the layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  5. Label the container or bag with the date and baking instructions. These buns can be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

To Bake Frozen Buns:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Place the frozen buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the frozen buns at 180°C for 30-35 minutes, or until they are heated through and the tops are golden brown.
  4. Brush the tops with the honey-water mixture after baking for added flavor.

Option 2: Refrigerate Overnight:

  1. After shaping the buns and applying the coating, place them on a baking sheet.
  2. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel.
  3. Refrigerate the buns overnight. This will allow them to slowly rise in the fridge.
  4. The next day, remove the buns from the fridge and let them come to room temperature while your oven preheats to 180°C (356°F).
  5. Bake the buns as per the original recipe instructions for 30-35 minutes.

Both of these options allow you to prepare the buns in advance, making it convenient to enjoy freshly baked Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns whenever you like.

STORAGE & REHEATING

To ensure your Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns remain fresh and maintain their delightful texture, here are some storage and reheating instructions:

Storage:

  1. Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the buns within a day or two, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Ensure they are completely cool before sealing them.
  2. Refrigeration: If you want to keep them for a longer period, store the buns in the refrigerator. Place them in an airtight container or wrap them in plastic wrap. The buns can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
  3. Freezing: To extend their shelf life further, you can freeze the buns. Wrap them individually or in pairs in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight freezer-safe container or bag. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating:

From Room Temperature or Refrigerated:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Place the buns on a baking sheet.
  3. Heat them in the preheated oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until they are warm and crispy on the outside.

From Frozen:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Remove the frozen buns from the freezer and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake the frozen buns at 180°C for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through and the tops are crisp.
  4. Optionally, you can brush the tops with the honey-water mixture after reheating for added flavor.

Avoid using the microwave for reheating as it may make the buns soggy. Using the oven helps retain their crispiness. Enjoy your reheated Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns!

RECIPES FAQS

Certainly! Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns recipe:

Can I use all-purpose flour instead of bread flour?
While bread flour is ideal for its higher gluten content, you can use all-purpose flour as a substitute. The texture may be slightly different, but the buns will still be delicious.

Can I use fresh yeast instead of instant yeast?
Yes, you can use fresh yeast interchangeably with instant yeast. Using the ratio of 1 teaspoon of instant yeast ≈ 3.1 grams (approximately 1/10 ounce) of fresh yeast.

Can I skip the milk powder in the recipe?
Milk powder adds a subtle dairy flavor and enriches the dough. If you don’t have milk powder, you can omit it, but the buns may have a slightly different flavor and texture.

Can I make the dough by hand without a Thermomix machine?
Yes, you can make the dough by hand. Follow the mixing and kneading instructions using a mixing bowl and your hands to knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic.

How do I know when the dough has proofed enough?
The dough is ready when it has doubled in size. You can perform the “poke test” by gently pressing your finger into the dough. If the indentation remains, the dough is ready.

Can I use other seeds for the topping instead of sesame seeds?
Yes, you can experiment with other seeds like poppy seeds, flaxseeds, or chia seeds for a different flavor and texture.

Can I make these buns without honey?

Honey adds sweetness and flavor to the buns. You can omit it, but the buns will be less sweet and have a slightly different taste.

How do I store leftover buns?
Store leftover buns in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to 3-4 days or freeze them for 2-3 months.

Can I reheat the buns in a microwave?
It’s best to reheat the buns in an oven to maintain their crispiness. Microwaving may make them soggy.

Can I adjust the portion size of the recipes?

You can adjust the recipe by clicking the serving size in the recipe in recipes card to your liking!
If you can find the exact portion that you like, you can, also, adjust this in manual mode. Make sure that the cooking times and temperatures have been adjusted for different quantities of ingredients. Even preparation time (such as for cutting) may be different than in the original recipe. Please do not pass the max line indicated inside of the mixing bowl. The capacity of the mixing bowl is 2.2 liters.

This recipes is compatible with which model of Thermomix®?

This recipes suitable for TM31 / TM5 / TM6

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Crispy Bottom Honey Sesame Buns

Category, DifficultyIntermediate

These buns are all about that awesome combo of crispy sesame seeds, sweet honey, and super soft insides. It's like a tasty surprise in every bite.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time1 hr 40 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time2 hrs 10 mins

For the Dough
 180 g cold milk
 3 g dry yeast
 25 g castor sugar
 250 g bread flour
 25 g milk powder
 3 g salt
 5 g honey
 20 g unsalted butter
For the Toppings
 20 g white sesame seeds
 20 g castor sugar
 20 g honey
 20 g water
 10 g unsalted butter
 1 egg, for egg wash

1

Grease a baking tin measuring 19 cm x 19 cm x 5 cm and set it aside.

2

In a Thermomix® mixing bowl, combine 180 g cold milk, 3 g dry yeast, 25 g caster sugar, 250 g bread flour, 25 g milk powder, and 3 g salt. Knead the mixture for knead | 3 min.

3

Add 20 g unsalted butter and 5 g honey to the mixture. Continue kneading for an additional knead | 3 min. Once done, transfer the dough onto a pastry mat. Wrap the dough with the pastry mat like a parcel and let it proof for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together 20 g white sesame seeds and 20 g caster sugar. In another bowl, mix well the 20g honey and 20g water.

4

After the dough has proofed, punch it down to deflate it. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Allow these dough balls to rest for 15 minutes.

5

Roll out each dough ball into a flat rectangle, approximately 8 cm x 12 cm in size. Roll each rectangle up tightly from the shorter side to form a log. Repeat this process with all of the dough balls.

6

Cut each dough log in half, and then dip the cut side into the honey-water mixture (made by mixing 20 g honey and 20 g water) and then into the white sesame seeds and caster sugar mixture.

7

Arrange the dough pieces, cut-side down, in rows of four in the prepared baking tin. Cover them with either a pastry mat or cling film and allow them to proof for 30-45 minutes or until they have doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 180°C .

8

Before baking, brush each bun with some egg wash and sprinkle white sesame seeds on top. Place small cubes of unsalted butter in between the buns.

9

Bake the buns at 180°C (356°F) for 30-35 minutes, or until they turn light golden brown. Once baked, transfer the buns to a cooling rack. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the bun surface with the honey-water mixture. Allow the buns to cool completely before serving. Enjoy your Honey Sesame Pull-Apart Buns!

Ingredients

For the Dough
 180 g cold milk
 3 g dry yeast
 25 g castor sugar
 250 g bread flour
 25 g milk powder
 3 g salt
 5 g honey
 20 g unsalted butter
For the Toppings
 20 g white sesame seeds
 20 g castor sugar
 20 g honey
 20 g water
 10 g unsalted butter
 1 egg, for egg wash

Directions

1

Grease a baking tin measuring 19 cm x 19 cm x 5 cm and set it aside.

2

In a Thermomix® mixing bowl, combine 180 g cold milk, 3 g dry yeast, 25 g caster sugar, 250 g bread flour, 25 g milk powder, and 3 g salt. Knead the mixture for knead | 3 min.

3

Add 20 g unsalted butter and 5 g honey to the mixture. Continue kneading for an additional knead | 3 min. Once done, transfer the dough onto a pastry mat. Wrap the dough with the pastry mat like a parcel and let it proof for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together 20 g white sesame seeds and 20 g caster sugar. In another bowl, mix well the 20g honey and 20g water.

4

After the dough has proofed, punch it down to deflate it. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Allow these dough balls to rest for 15 minutes.

5

Roll out each dough ball into a flat rectangle, approximately 8 cm x 12 cm in size. Roll each rectangle up tightly from the shorter side to form a log. Repeat this process with all of the dough balls.

6

Cut each dough log in half, and then dip the cut side into the honey-water mixture (made by mixing 20 g honey and 20 g water) and then into the white sesame seeds and caster sugar mixture.

7

Arrange the dough pieces, cut-side down, in rows of four in the prepared baking tin. Cover them with either a pastry mat or cling film and allow them to proof for 30-45 minutes or until they have doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 180°C .

8

Before baking, brush each bun with some egg wash and sprinkle white sesame seeds on top. Place small cubes of unsalted butter in between the buns.

9

Bake the buns at 180°C (356°F) for 30-35 minutes, or until they turn light golden brown. Once baked, transfer the buns to a cooling rack. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the bun surface with the honey-water mixture. Allow the buns to cool completely before serving. Enjoy your Honey Sesame Pull-Apart Buns!

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