Heavy Cheese Bun | Hot Cross Buns

Every Good Friday as a child growing up in Belize, my Aunt Tileen would make delicious, light Creole Buns and put a cross on the top for Hot Cross Buns for us. This year, I decided to do a spin on it and add cheese to it to make Cheese Buns.

Ingredients

2 cups flour + 6 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
3/4 cups of brown sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon butter
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
3.5 oz coconut milk
1/2 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/8 tsp granulated sugar
Method
  1. Place flour, sugar, butter, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Put yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water then add yeast and 1/2 tsp sugar and let rise for 8 minutes.
  3. Add yeast to the other ingredients and mix with hand. Add the coconut milk.
  4. Add warm water until dough forms. Knead for about 6 minutes until its smooth. Cover and set in a dark, warm place to rise for about 3 to 5 hours.
  5. Re-knead then cut into pieces. Take a small piece of each ball to make 2 strings for the crosses. Roll into round balls, then add the cross. Let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 40 mins.
  6. Note: This buns take a long time to rise because it has a lot of sugar. If you want a lighter bun and want it to rise fast, then cut the sugar to 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons of brown or white sugar.