Saturday, February 14, 2009
I made yummy "Love Buns" for my family for Valentine's day. They are not overly sweet, but still dessert worthy. The dough is a butter and egg concoction, so don't put it on the "healthy" list either. Mmmmm, we loved them, and I thought you might enjoy this yummy recipe too.
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbl yeast
1 tsp sugar
Bloom yeast in the water sugar mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes or until "foamy"
5 1/2 - 6 cups flour (I used bread flour, but you could also use all purpose)
1/3 cup powdered milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 egg yolks
1 tsp Fiori di Sicilia flavoring
Combine dry ingredients. Mix bloomed yeast with the dry ingredients. Add butter, eggs, and flavoring. Use the dough hook to "knead" the dough for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn dough into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and rise until almost double (about an hour or hour and a half.) Divide dough into 18 (somewhat) equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope or snake and bring the ends of the rope up and around to the center of the dough (man I wish I had taken a picture of this part.) Squish the bottom to form a "heart." Brush with thinned egg white, sprinkle with sugar if you want. Cover and raise. Bake on parchment lined sheets at 350 for 20 minutes.
Best served warm. You could glaze them if you wanted. I think they would be very yummy with lemon curd, but I only had Harry and David lime curd in the cupboard, so we ate them plain.