(Mexican) Coffee Buns

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It is the first term school break this week. My children are home for the whole week with no school activities. Whenever they are home, they will be searching for some snacks to fill their stomach. I made some Mexican Coffee Buns to satisfy their snack hunting should they want to eat them in the afternoon, though it is more for breakfast. My son wanted to eat this for breakfast, after lunch, afternoon tea and after dinner, which I have to stop him! He happens to be a super big fan of this coffee bun.
The bread dough was adapted from my previous preferment coffee buns. Instead of baking them in loaves, I weigh out 50g and baked them as buns. I also added a capsule of Nespresso coffee seeds into the dough. The dough has very fragrant coffee aroma. 

As for the coffee fillings, I adapted the recipe from Everybody Eats Well in Flanders. Prepare this topping while the dough is at its final proofing stage.
Coffee Topping
(Makes for approximate 26 50g buns, though I had 24 buns)

125g Liv unsalted butter, room temperature
125g Icing sugar [I used 100g only, and not sweet]
2 eggs
240g Plain flour [I used 230g]
15g Instant coffee powder [dissolved in Kahlua]
1 tbsp Kahlua or other coffee liquer


1. Cream butter and icing sugar till smooth, using a K beater.
2. Add in eggs, and mix well.
3. Then add in flour and instant coffee and mix until well-combined.
4. Put the coffee topping into a piping bag and pipe a spiral pattern on each bun after the final proof.
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5. Bake the coffee buns in the preheated oven of 180C for 15 mins.
6. Remove them from the pan immediately and let them cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
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Anonymous said...
March 19, 2015 at 7:01 AM

Hi , can I omit Kahlua as I don't have this? Btw , where can I get this Kahlua. Do you need to add any baking powder or yeast for this coffee bun? Can use bread flour instead of plain flour? Thank you

Passionate About Baking said...
March 19, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Hi Anonymous,
Yes, you may omit Kahlua. If you do, mix the coffee powder in one tbsp of hot water. As Kahlua is a liquor, you can get it at liquor store or your local Duty Free store.
Please refer to the link for making the bread. You need instant yeast to make the bread.
You can mix bread flour and plain flour. You can use plain flour, however, please note that if you use 100% plain flour, your bread will not rise as high and not as fluffy as using bread flour as plain flour has lower protein % than bread flour.
Hope this clarifies. Have fun making.

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