maria buns

ok… first thing first… these are not buns BUNS per se…. they are actually choux pastries…. so if you were looking for a bread recipe, “sorli” for disappointing….
i’d been invited to a very good friend’s house tonight for dinner and i’d been wondering what i should bring with me… and then i recalled how she adores the cream puffs when we were in kyoto together… so here goes..
其实这名称,还真有点误导性。。明明说是包,其实,是泡芙 (老娘也不知道为啥它就叫包)

Recipe adapted from Daily Delicious 

Ingredients (makes 15 buns)

Cookie dough
100g all purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
75g butter

Choux pastry
120ml water
60g butter
2 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt
85g pastry flour (or cake flour), sifted
120-140g eggs (3 medium eggs)

Cream filling
2 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
4 tbsp corn flour, sifted
4 tbsp sugar
1tsp vanilla bean paste
1cup whipping cream


面粉 100克
糖 3大匙
黄油 75克

水 120毫升
黄油 60克
糖 2大匙
盐 一小撮
蛋糕粉 85克(过筛)
鸡蛋 120-140克 (约3个中号鸡蛋)

全脂奶 2杯
蛋黄 4颗
粟粉 4大匙(过筛)
糖 4大匙
淡奶油 1杯


maria buns– prepare cookie dough by combining flour and sugar. add in butter and cut it into the dry ingredients, kneading lightly. Wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour

  • prepare choux pastry: preheat the oven to 200 °C. Line baking sheet with waxed or parchment paper

  • pour water, butter salt and sugar into a microwavable bowl

  • heat mixture for 2 minutes, or until boil, then pour the flour all at once over the water mixture and stir to combine

  • put the mixture back into the microwave and heat for another 1 minute

  • take the bowl out and stir until there is no steam coming out of the mixture. add the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg has been added to incorporate it into the dough. In the end the dough should be thick and shiny and when lifted it should fall back into the bowl like a ribbon

  • pipe the pastry on the prepared sheet pan

  • roll the cookie dough into a 3 mm thick sheet, and cut out 6 cm circles using cookie cutter

  • place one cookie on top of each choux pastry

  • bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and hollow

  • reduce the temperature to 150°C and bake for another 5 minutes

  • proceed to prepare cream filling.  In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. In the meantime, combine the yolks, sugar, vanilla bean, and cornstarch together and whisk in a heavy‐bottomed saucepan
    准备馅料 ~ 奶锅里将牛奶煮滚。令一个容器中将蛋黄,糖,香草膏和粟粉混合

  • once the milk boiled, temper the yolks by whisking a couple spoonfuls of hot milk into the yolk mixture. Continue whisking and slowly pour the rest of the milk into the tempered yolk mixture
    牛奶煮滚后,取约两勺的热奶加入蛋糊,混合均匀。之后,缓缓将热奶加入蛋糊 ~ 加入当儿,不停的用手动打蛋器打散蛋糊

  • strain the mixture back into the saucepan to remove any egg that may have scrambled. Place the pan over medium heat and whisk vigorously (without stop) until the mixture returns to a boil. Keep whisking vigorously for 1 to 2 more minutes (still over medium heat)

  • scrape pastry cream into a small bowl and set it in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process

  • pour the whipping cream into a bowl. Using a balloon whisk or electric beaters, whip until soft peak form

  • fold the whipped cream into the pastry cream

  • pipe the filling into the pastry, and dust with icing sugar

Personal notes/温馨小贴士:

maria buns– i halved the recipe and made 15 ~ 3.5cm piped choux pastry. i used a 5.6cm cookie cutter to cut out the dough

  • when you place the cookie dough on top of the choux pastry, it seem that you will flatten the pastry. don’t worry… it will not (^▽^)

  • i used the traditional stove cooking method to prepare the choux

  • my choux were baked for 28 mins in total ~ 20mins @ 200 degrees C, and 8 mins @150 degrees
    我的泡芙全程烤了28分钟 ~ 200摄氏度 20分钟、150摄氏度 8分钟

  • i’m not cutting the buns up as i need to give these away…. but do visit Pook’s site where she shows step by step preparation pictures and a cross-section of the buns

maria buns

these little devils are so delicate on the outside but gives you that power punch when you bite into it. now i need to fret over transporting them in a bit.. i wonder if they will become botak maria buns when i arrive at my friend’s…. ─=≡Σ((( つ•̀ω•́)つ

Pollution index: 4 (excellent)


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