Just recently my mum sent me from Poland a special notebook to write down my baking recipes. I am a bit old-school, I like to have everything written down by myself. I’ve got notebooks for everything, and a few with baking and cooking recipes. So I started digging them out, and sorting threw to find my favourite, and this is what I’ve found. My absolute bestie from when I was just starting to bake – HEART SHAPED YEAST BUNS, although my hubby calls them pastry. Of course I had to bake them the same day, and I’d like to share them with you, as they will absolutely melt your heart, as soon as you try them.
HEART SHAPED YEAST BUNS (PASTRY) FILLED WITH STRAWBERRRY MARMALADE
- 75g butter
- 250ml milk
- 12g instant yeast
- pinch of salt
- 70g sugar
- 500g plain flour
- marmalade (I used strawberry marmalade, but I’ve noticed in UK there’s only orange or lemon one. You can gett polish marmalade in most of off license that sells polish products, or simply you can use which ever flavour you like)
- 1 egg
I melt the butter in the pan, on low heat. When it’s melted I take it off the heat and pour the cold milk in. That way milk is warm enough, and not too hot. Plain flour and dried yeast mix together, add butter and milk from the pan, salt and sugar. Mix it well, until it’s smooth. Cover the bowl with a cloth and leave in a warm place until the dough grow twice as big (1 – 1,5h).
When it’s ready, knead the dough again to remove air bubbles.
What I do next is I divide the dough to small balls, 9 – 12 depend on the size of them. I roll out each ball in to a circle shape, and spread marmalede on it.
As you can see on the picture I roll the dough in to a tube, and fold it in a half. I squash ends together, and make a cut in 3/4 of a shape. I twist both sides of this cut ‘inside out’ and form a heart shape.
When they are ready I put them on two bake trays (remember they’re going to grow quite a lot), cover with a cloth and leave for another 15mins to grow.
Preheat the oven to 180’C.
Whisk the egg, and gently spread over the buns with a brush.
Bake for about 20mins until they’re golden brown.
Taste best with a coffee and friend…