Vanilla Sugar Sweet Bun

Monday, March 30, 2009

ahhh~ its been a while since i last blog in case you're wondering i'm still around (online) its just that lately i haven't actually cook anything and even when i did i somehow didn't manage to take any picture..its always either i'm busy or my phone battery is out or i'm just plain lazy...*yeah i'm only human..its just one of those days..* i'm lazy mostly because i still haven't replace my old handphone cable so right now i have to transfer my pictures from my phone to my hubby's notebook via bluetooth *haha don't mock me...coz i'm still using an ancient desk top, this baby was bought with my 1st ever pay cheque so its sentimental* then transfer into my pendrive then into my desktop..thats a lot of work you know....*longggg sighhh~*

anyway my body is still aching from last week outing...yeahhh i had a how do i put it...adventurous and exiting weekend *giggles* my brother organized a paint ball game through facebook and its was great at first coz alot has sign up but then only 7people turned up as most of them had something to do last minute. nontheless it was great..i had alot of fun! it was my first time playing paintball...the adrenaline rush, scared to be hit, i feel like i was really in a war zone...its just FUN...i haven't had this much fun in the longest the end of the day we all had multiple bruises on our body. we looked like we've been abused or something its wicked!

anyhow... back to my baking i wanted to make sweet buns, i have my own recipe but mine is actually for commercial so the recipe is in super large quantity and i was too darn lazy to divide bla bla so i googled sweet buns and i found this wonderful recipe which i really wanted to share as it was fantastic. its a bit tidious to do but its all worth it, its called Vanilla sugar sweet bun there's a step by step instruction for you to follow. pretty cool site... the reason that i wanted to make sweet buns out of the blue is that i was given this okra powder. its for me to test and try in a bakery product. this Okra powder is used to reduce the glycemic index in breads or cakes or any food for that matter. Highly recommended for those who is suffering from diabetic or for those whos counting calories *wink*

so today i made the sweetbuns with some altercation in the recipe. waht i did was:-

  1. add Okra powder 2tbsp
  2. I don't have vanilla pods (its freakishly expensive here) so i use vanilla essence to infuse into the sugar. you take the amount required in the recipe then add in few drops of vanila essence then stir to evenly coat the sugar. let it sun dry for at least 1-2 hours. then ready to use. this is the same technic to use if you wanna make your own colored sugar. you can actually substitute vanilla flavoring with pandanus (screwpine) flavor or rose or butter milk.
  3. i use high protein flour instead of all purpose flour.
and everything else is the same.

the verdic? it turned out great! Its actually similar to cinnamon bun only that i personally like this one better coz i'm not a big fan of cinnamon. Although i think the bread will look alot better if i were to put it individually, like in a paper cup or something...*putting this in my mental note*
My family loves this buns, its super soft, the Okra powder did not effect the taste of the buns just a slight coloration, it made the bun looks wholemeal...thats all...

so here's the recipe but the detailed instruction you can just go to the website and see.



  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup )melted) butter
  • 1/3 cup vanilla sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups all purpose flour