I’m thinking these should be on your Mother’s Day table… These are make-ahead buns that are given a quick rise the morning we’re brunching. We throw the dough and jam together the night before (or up to several days before) and then just let everything rest and flavor mingle. Our biggest concern will be champagne or screwdriver.
I was super excited when All-Clad reached out for me to help launch their new Prep&Cook (pictured below with my buns) which is why we’re here today…and, more importantly, they gave me an excuse to actually make these gorgeous buns that I’ve been dreaming of. Picture a machine that will chop, blend, whip, steam, knead and cook. Yep. Pretty much everything. I asked if it would also do my taxes. We laughed. It doesn’t.
But after a brief getting-to-know you period with the Prep&Cook, I knew that the recipe I was going to make would include yeast because I wanted to see how it would knead and, wait for it, warm the bowl to help the dough rise. Not kidding. I repeat, it heats the bowl. So I basically whipped up a martini, painted my toes, ran a quick trip to the grocery store all while my dough was getting kneaded and risen. Witchcraft.
Before We Get Started:
- Instructions. The instructions include directions for both using and not using the Prep&Cook.
- Overnight Buns. I created this recipe so that you’ll have minimal work to actually do on Mother’s Day (or whenever you’ve making these nuggets). The night before, prep your dough + quick jam, shove in the fridge and forget about them until the morning.
- Crème Fraîche. I use crème fraîche in the glaze because I love it, but you could easily sub in cream cheese, plain Greek yogurt or kefir.
- Raspberry Seeds. I thought the raspberry seeds might bug me in the jam but once they’re in the buns and glazed, I didn’t even notice. If you’re seed sensitive, strain the jam through a sieve.
- Space. Of course when I made the batch that I was going to photograph I crammed too many into that cute dish and they came out more like the Gucci logo than a circular bun. If your goal is a nice circular bun, it would bode well to leave lots of space surrounding each bun so they have ample rise room.
- Quick Rise. The morning you’re making the buns, you can opt for a quick rise instead of waiting two hours for them to rise. Follow the directions through Step #5. With the oven turned off and cool, set a casserole dish on the bottom rack of the oven, place the casserole dish with the buns on the middle rack and pour boiling water into the dish on the bottom rack. Immediately close the door and let the buns sit in the oven for 30 minutes. Take the buns and the dish with the hot water out of the oven and jump to Step #6…your buns are ready to bake.
- Make More. At Step #4 you can separate the dough into two lumps and roll each one out as directed and the recipe will yield 24 smaller buns. This is perfect if you’re feeding a crowd. You’ll need to double the recipe for the filling and the glaze if you do this.
- Freezer. You can make, bake + cool the buns, wrap tightly and freeze for later. Before serving, defrost in the fridge overnight and then bring the buns to room temperature before glazing and serving.
Let’s get our bake on!
Overnight Raspberry Jam Buns With Crème Fraîche Glaze
Makes 12 Buns
For the Dough
- 1 package instant or active dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 1 cup buttermilk, milk or water, warmed
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional flour to keep it from sticking + dusting your surfaces (use as little extra flour as possible)
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for the bowl
For the Quick Jam
- 3 cups raspberries (about 2 half pints); cleaned
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoons each zest + juice (about 1 lemon)
For the Filling
- Quick raspberry jam (recipe above)
- 1 cup fresh raspberries (1/2 pint); cleaned
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
For the Icing
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
- 2 or more tablespoons of milk to thin
- Put the yeast and warm buttermilk (or whichever liquid you’re using) in the Prep&Cook fitted with the serrated knife kneader. Press P1 and after 30 seconds, add in flour, melted butter, egg yolks, sugar, sea salt and cinnamon and let the Prep&Cook finish mixing. When the kneading has finished, take the dough out of the mixer, knead 10 times to form a nice round ball and return to the Prep&Cook to rest during the warming stage. Without the Prep&Cook: Mix the yeast and buttermilk in a large bowl and let mingle for 5 to 10 minutes. Add in the flour, melted butter, egg yolks, sugar, sea salt and cinnamon and mix until a ball starts to form. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until smooth.
- Swirl 1 tablespoon of oil around a large bowl. Set the dough inside, turning to coat completely with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set in the fridge for at least 12 hours and up to several days.
- To Make the Raspberry Jam, add 3 cups of raspberries, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon each lemon juice and zest to a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, mashing the berries with the tip of a wooden spoon. Continue to boil for 6-8 minutes or until when you drag a spoon across the bottom of the pan it leaves a track. Let the jam cool a bit and then transfer to a lidded container and stash in the fridge until ready to assemble and bake your buns.
- When ready to assemble, turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a 18X12-inch rectangle. You may or may not need a rolling pin to nudge it into shape. Smear the raspberry jam over the top, leaving about 1/2 half-inch clean along the longer edges. Sprinkle with 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and then finish with the remaining raspberries. Starting with the long edge farthest from you, start rolling the dough into a log towards you. When you get the end, pinch the dough together to form a seam and roll the seam side underneath. Using a serrated or sharp knife cut 12 buns about 1-inch wide each.
- Butter or spray non-stick on your baking dish (I use either a 9X13-inch casserole dish or two smaller ones, like you see in the photos) and place the buns cut-side up, allowing extra space for additional rising. Loosely cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1 1/2-2 hours or until double in size (or follow the instructions for a quick rise as noted above).
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F with a rack in the middle of the oven and bake the buns for 20-25 minutes or until lightly bronzed and an internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F.
- While the buns cool, whisk together the powdered sugar, crème fraîche and milk. You want the glaze to be thick enough to stay on top of the buns, but thin enough to drip down the sides. Spoon the glaze over the tops of the buns and serve!
A huge thank you to All-Clad Prep&Cook for sponsoring this post and giving me an excuse to make raspberry jam buns! All content, ideas and views are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me in the kitchen!