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Dana’s Cream Bun

Dana’s Cream Bun

The best Cream Bun Recipe – Dana’s Cream Bun

 

Dana’s Cream Bun is a recipe very dear to my husband & I as it reminds us how magical the power of food is. The recipe is named after Italo’s sister – Dana and is the best cream bun recipe you will ever come across. Easy to follow and absolutely delicious, this recipe will leave you wanting for more.

But before that, I have this true story to share with you – A story about the power of food, and how it can instantly transport you back in time to a childhood memory. Food is said to have a strong connection with memory, to be a trigger for deeper memories, feeling and emotions and what we experienced was no less. 

 

Last year, Italo’s sister Dana was really sick in hospital. Things were not looking too well. It seemed that the end was near for her. So Italo, his mum and brother went up to the hospital in Corowa where Dana’s partner Bill was having a bedside vigil.

For the past few days, Dana had been in a comatose sleep for more or less twenty-four hours per day. It was disheartening to see our lively Dana succumb to the disease. It was lung cancer, and what was left was a mere shell of her former vibrant and bubbly personality. 

Once Italo and his Mum arrived in Corowa, Italo’s brother Adrian said to Italo “The bakery in Corowa sells cream buns exactly the way we used to have it as kids.  Remember how we used to go to Mum’s pizza shop every Saturday morning and have them as a treat?” It was a beautiful memory to reminiscence for the siblings and  Italo said yes! 

He went to the bakery to buy the cream buns and some coffee then drove back to the motel to have a coffee and a cream bun, with his Mum and his brother for breakfast. Italo’s Mum and brother went to the hospital while Italo said he would follow them after a shower.

Later when Italo arrived at the hospital, everyone had already gathered in Dana’s room. In the room were Dana’s three daughters – Tara, Rebecca and Jessica, Dana’s partner Bill, Italo’s Mum and brother Adrian. Italo walked in and offered everyone a coffee and a cream bun.

To our surprise, Dana woke up from her comatose sleep and asked “cream bun?”. She sat up in bed, ate a cream bun and joined in with everyone in the room for a brief moment. That was the last time Italo spoke to and saw his sister.

Few days later Dana, my beautiful sister in law passed way from at the age of 53.

The cream bun moment with Dana at the hospital was a gentle reminder that life is truly lived in small moments like these, and how food connects you with your dearest memories.

Dana Portrait

 

Our last memory of her was enjoying a cream bun surrounded by family, and honestly, there is never a moment when talking about or eating a cream bun does not remind us of Dana. So when we came up with this recipe, we decided to honour Dana by naming it “Dana’s Cream bun” and it is the best cream bun recipe you will ever come across.

Now, let’s get to the best cream bun recipe!

 

Ingredients for the Best Cream Bun

1 and 1/4 cup warm milk

2 tbsp dried yeast

1 teaspoon caster sugar

3 cups plain flour

2 tbsp caster sugar

50 g unsalted butter (melted)

10 tbsp raspberry jam

200 ml thickened cream(whipped)

Icing sugar for dusting

Fresh berries (optional for decoration)

 

Ingredients Cream Bun

 

Instructions for the Best Cream Bun

Heat ¼ cup of milk (for 15 seconds in a microwave). In a jug, add warm milk, yeast and and 1 tsp caster sugar and whisk briefly to combine them well. Cover the jug with cling wrap and allow it to sit in a warm place for 5 minutes. You can keep it near your cooking area or anywhere else that is warmer than the rest.

Next, heat 1 cup of milk (for 30 seconds in the microwave). Melt the butter in a pot on the stove. When it has just melted, add flour and sugar into a bowl and mix.

Then add the warm milk, butter and the yeast mixture (from step 1) to the flour mixture, and stir to combine well. Once a dough forms, place it on a floured bench and knead for 5 minutes. To test dough, place finger into the surface of the dough – if the dough bounces back it is ready.

When ready, place the dough into a bowl. Cover will cling film and leave to stand in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Once the resting period is over, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and place them on a greased baking tray, leaving space in between each ball. Cover with cling film and allow it to rest in a warm place for 20 minutes.

 

Cream Bun Process - Dough balls

After that, cook them in an oven at 200ºC for 15 minutes.

Take the buns out once done, place them on a wire rack and let them cool. Once the buns have cooled, slice down the top of each bun down the centre.

Fresh baked Cream buns

Whip the cream, and add a teaspoon of jam, and the whipped cream inside the bun. You can either spoon the cream on or if you have a piping bag you can fill the piping bag with cream, and pipe the cream on. A piping bag also makes a really nice pattern in the cream. After adding the cream, add another dollop of jam on the buns, Decorate with some fresh berries (optional), dust with icing sugar. Serve and enjoy!

 

Best Cream Bun

 

5 from 9 reviews

Dana's Cream Bun

December 9, 2020
: 10
: 60 min
: 15 min
: 1 hr 15 min
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/4 cup warm milk
  • 2 tbsp dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 50 g unsalted butter (melted)
  • 10 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 200 ml thickened cream(whipped)
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Fresh berries (optional for decoration)
Directions
  • Step 1 Heat ¼ cup of milk (for 15 seconds in a microwave).
  • Step 2 In a jug, add warm milk, yeast and and 1 tsp caster sugar and whisk briefly to combine them well. Cover the jug with cling wrap and allow it to sit in a warm place for 5 minutes. You can keep it near your cooking area or anywhere else that is warmer than the rest.
  • Step 3 Next, heat 1 cup of milk (for 30 seconds in the microwave). Melt the butter in a pot on the stove. When it has just melted, add flour and sugar into a bowl and mix.
  • Step 4 Then add the warm milk, butter and the yeast mixture (from step 1) to the flour mixture, and stir to combine well. Once a dough forms, place it on a floured bench and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Step 5 To test dough, place finger into the surface of the dough – if the dough bounces back it is ready.
  • Step 6 Place dough into a bowl. Cover will cling film and leave to stand in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Step 7 Once the resting period is over, divide the dough into 10 equal pieces and place them on a greased baking tray, leaving space in between each ball. Cover with cling film and allow it to rest in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  • Step 8 After that, cook them in an oven at 200ºC for 15 minutes.
  • Step 9 Take the buns out once done, place them on a wire rack and let them cool.
  • Step 10 Once the buns have cooled, slice down the top of each bun down the centre. Whip the cream, and add a teaspoon of jam, and the whipped cream inside the bun. You can either spoon the cream on or if you have a piping bag you can fill the piping bag with cream, and pipe the cream on. A piping bag also makes a really nice pattern in the cream.
  • Step 11 After adding the cream, add another dollop of jam on the buns, Decorate with some fresh berries (optional), dust with icing sugar and serve.

 

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