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I love the smell of freshly baked Mexican Buns, it has this amazing aroma of coffee, bread and butter. The crusting topping is also what makes this so, so good. It’s like this cookie of sorts on top, so if you haven’t had this yet I do recommend trying it at least once! While I love the original Mexican Bun, of course I had to try making a green tea variety and I found a great recipe from Little Corner of Mine which came out quite well!

Green Tea Buns (adapted from Little Corner of Mine)
Makes: 18-20 buns
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Passive Time: 80 minutes

Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
1 tbsp milk powder (7g)
110g sugar
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
460g bread flour
150g plain flour
1 tsp salt (4g)
1 tsp bread improver (4g)
1 tbsp dry yeast (7g)
1 large egg
230ml cold water
70g unsalted butter, softened

Green Tea Topping
45g plain flour
5g cornstarch
35g icing sugar
55g unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
black sesame seeds for topping

Fillings (Optional)
Butter
Red Bean Paste
Cream Cheese

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Method
Green Tea Buns
1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.

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2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
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3. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
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4. Add in the cold water and combine.
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5. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
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6. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
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7. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.

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8.  Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.

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9. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.

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Green Tea Topping

1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
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2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.

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3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.

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Assembly

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.

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2. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
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3. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
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Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
  • 1tbsp Milk Powder
  • 110g Sugar
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • 460g Bread Flour
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Bread Improver
  • 1tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 230ml Cold Water
  • 70g Unsalted ButterSoftened
Green Tea Topping
  • 45g Plain Flour
  • 5g Cornstarch
  • 35g Icing Sugar
  • 55g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • Black Sesame SeedsOptional
Fillings (Optional)
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Red Bean Paste
  • Cream Cheese
Servings:
Units:
Instructions
Green Tea Buns
  1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.
  1. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
  2. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
  3. Add in the cold water and combine.
  4. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
  5. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.
  7. Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.
  8. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
Green Tea Topping
  1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.
  3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.
Assembly
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.
  3. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
  4. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
Recipe Notes

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  • These buns can be made plain, or with a filling of your choosing!
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PappaRoti is a popular franchise/bakery in Malaysia. Probably not as popular as RotiBoy but still these Mexican buns are sold in many shopping centres in Malaysia and now we have a couple of stores down here in Melbourne. The first one I’ve seen to pop up was on Kingsway, Glen Waverley but there is also another one that recently opened on Elizabeth St (Across from Melbourne Central) in the Melbourne CBD.

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These buns have a sweet crunchy crust on top, and you can smell these buns baking in the ovens far away. The crust I believe has a coffee taste to it but it’s more delicate. It’s sweet, but that’s a good thing since it stops you from having too many!
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Inside they place some butter before they are cooked, so when it’s done. The inside is nice and soft, with a rich butter texture to it. It’s actually quite nice but you definitely can’t have too many.

Compared to RotiBoy’s variety of buns, who sell these buns with butter, cream cheese and blueberry cream cheese, Papparoti only sells this one particular bun with butter. The store in Glen Waverley also sells coffee and ice cream but I haven’t taste tested them yet. I might try their ice cream once this winter finally passes.

Not everyone will like these buns, and for me personally, I’ve had my fair share for the year, but definitely try it because you just might like it!

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Their ice-cream selection is actually quite decent. They have the usuals like Rum & Raisin, Strawberry Jam, but then they venture into the Asian favourites like Durian, Black Sesame, Lychee and Red Bean.

I tried Lychee and Black Sesame on my first go, and whilst the Black Sesame was too sweet and lacked the nice bitterness of black sesame, the lychee was an instant favourite. It had an authentic lychee flavour and was smooth and creamy. I haven’t seen many places that sell Lychee ice-cream, and one that tastes good too, so whenever I’m feeling like a cold treat (nearly always) this will be the first place I visit.

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105 Kingsway,
Glen Waverley. VIC

Mon-Thur: 9am-9pm
Fri-Sat: 9am-Late
Sunday: 10am-9pm

 

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