Kitchen Corner

March 27, 2009

Coffee Bun

Some say "roti boy" some say "mexican bun", whatever it is, I must say it's delicious! I think everyone will hardly resist the coffee smell when it's about to come out from the oven. For me, it is.
The buns are super soft and I didn't feel I've eaten two of it in a short time. I hardly tell the difference of the commercial one with these buns. Yes, we can get this kind of bun easily everywhere but I just feel good to make it myself and it's as good as the commercial one! Try it out!
(Recipe for 10 little buns)
For the dough:
250g bread flour
38g caster sugar
3g salt
4g yeast
1/2 beaten egg
135g fresh milk
30g butter
For the filling:
100g butter (softened)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
35g brown sugar
For the topping:
50g butter
40g icing sugar
38g beaten eggs
1 teaspoon granulated coffee dissolve with 1 teaspoon water
pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
50 plain flour
How I made it:
  1. For the filling, using an electric mixer beat the butter and brown sugar until light and pale until the sugar totally dissolved. Add in the vanilla extract for the final beating. Place the mixture into the fridge until it harden. Divide the harden mixture into 10 portions and sit in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. For the toppings, beat the softened butter with icing sugar until everything well combine. Gradually add in beaten eggs then the coffee mixture. Add in pinch of cinnamon powder with the flour and beat until everything well incorporate. Place the mixture into a piping bag and keep in the fridge until ready to use.
  3. For the dough, knead all the ingredients together except butter. When the dough become a smooth dough add in butter and continue the the kneading process until the dough become smooth and elastic but not sticky. I used a standing kneading mixer to knead for approximately 30 minutes at speed 2.
  4. Divide the dough into 10 little doughs and shape it into round ball shape. Let it rest for 15 minutes before add in the filling.
  5. Roll out each doughs to a flat disc and add the butter filling. Seal it tightly. (make sure you seal it tightly otherwise it will split out during baking)
  6. Place each doughs on a baking tray, make sure they sit a part from each other because they might stick to each other during the baking. Cover the doughs with cling film and proof for 50 - 60 minutes.
  7. Before the doughs place into the oven, pipe out the filling in a spiral start from the top center of each buns. Bake for 12 minutes at 200'C preheated oven.



  1. Hi Grace,
    Even though I'm not a coffee person like you...but I love "roti boy"! Every time I walk pass a bread baking that, the smell can be pretty enticing! Sure will try out this recipe!

  2. I love coffee and I love roti boy...

    You have shaped your bun so evenly and nicely!

  3. good job..this looks super nice..will make some for my nephew soon. Thanks for sharing,cheers

  4. You are making my favourite again. I will surely try out this recipe. Thanks! :)

  5. Whatever their name is, these look delicious!! I love how soft and fluffy and delicious the insides look. I wish I could have these for breakfast this morning!!

  6. yumz....simply enjoy the aroma of fresh bakes .... temptalicously good looking buns you've baked there.


  7. Hi Grace, your roti boys look so good! I am so tempted to give it a try :)

  8. Hi Grace,
    You make it sound so simple to make! Gonna try this out soon ;-)

  9. coffee and buns. two of my favourite things. :)

  10. Hi Honey Bee Sweet,
    I'm sure you'll like this. Let me know how is the result ok.

    Hi Anonymous,
    Yes, it's quite a fattening food but I hardly resist to eat them :P

    Hi Cookie,
    Thanks for your lovely words!

    Hi Sue,
    Hope your nephew will like it. Please tell me how's the result ok.

    Hi Small Small Baker,
    Oh.. we've the same taste. Hope you'll like it and let me know the result ok.

    Hi Elyse,
    Hi Yan,
    Thanks for your lovely words!

    Hi Happy Homebaker,
    Thanks! Hope you'll like this recipe and don't forget to tell me the result ya..

    Hi Quizzine,
    I find it quite simple as long as the machine do the kneading and using an electric hand whisk to make the filling and topping. Try it ya!

    Hi Snooky doodle,
    We're having the same taste huh! Let's try it!

  11. hihi,
    wish to ask whether can i used the bread machine to make the dough?
    as my bread machine mix and proof the dough together. can i use tt way :p


  12. Hi busy_lady,
    You can use bread machine to do the kneading until smooth and elastic dough. But not proofing in the bread machine as you'll need to divide the dough into few portions and rest for 10 minutes then adding in the filling for final proofing for about 60 minutes. Happy baking!

  13. hi,
    sry just another ques.. how do i test my dough whether elastic enough?

    thnks :))


  14. Hi busy_lady,
    The dough shouldn't be sticky. When you stretching the dough with your both hand, you'll feel elasticity without sticking on your hand. Hope you understand my description. Cheers!

  15. Hi, I am a vegetarian and i don't eat egg. Please tell me what should I replace the ingredient of egg in your recipe?

  16. Hi Anonymous,
    I'm very very sorry! I've no idea what can be replaced with egg in the recipe. Perhaps other blogger could help in the question. So sorry about that.

  17. I miss Roti Boy, your coffee bun looks very yummy ...

  18. Hi,

    I tried baking these buns but didn't have the nice dome shape like yours and the filling burst while baking. Always have the problem wrapping the filling. Seeing your lovely breads will encourage me to try again.

    Yen Li

  19. Hi Yen Li,
    I bake these buns again today too! My family love it so much. I've got ten out of two had burst out due to my unconsistent wrapping technique. Well, please try again and hope you like the recipe. Cheers!

  20. You're Grace rite? Thanks for the recipe and your encouragement. Will definitely try again.

    Yen Li

  21. Hi Grace,

    Got a question regarding this recipe. I realize after kneading the dough, you did not let the dough have it's first proofing, is it what the recipe suppose to be? You went ahead to divide the dough into 10 portions...just curious. Thanks!

  22. Hi Honey Bee Sweets,
    Yes, the dough don't need first proofing. They called this "straight dough method" when I attended a workshop. I've just made some coffee buns yesterday :)

  23. Haha, I proofed it though. But you know what, mine's butter filling oozed out during terrible. Poor sealing technique! Anyway, will try it again and see how, thanks!

  24. Hi Honey Bee Sweets,
    My first attempt also oozed out during baking. Try to seal it tightly next time. Hope you like the recipe. Cheers!

  25. Hi Grace,

    Would like to let u know that I baked this coffee buns at home and it was SUPER well received. My family loved it. Although I failed in the department of 'presentation'.. I added too much fillings and watched in horror when the buns start oozing out the fillings and the whole buns just collapsed! like volcano..haahah... but they tasted really good.. like what you said, like the one bought from the shop.

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Will definitely make it again because my aunties are requesting for it already! LOL

  26. Hi Kathleen,
    Glad to know you have a great success and your family like it. I'm happy for you! Well done!

  27. Hi Kitchen Corner,

    If i use bread machine to knead the dough, do I need to seperate the butter or just mix all the ingredients at a time?

    Thank you.

  28. Hi Anonymous,
    For bread machine, you can mix all together the ingredients including butter. Cheers!

  29. Hi Kitchen Corner,

    If i use bread machine to knead the dough, do I have to separate the butter or put all the ingredients in order?

  30. Thank you, Kitchen Corner

  31. Hi Grace
    I want to know the effect of cinamon powder in your toping recipe, just for flavour or it has another effect?
    Also the effect of using icing sugar compare to ordinary powder sugar?

  32. Hi Anonymous,
    It's just adding a bit of flavor for the buns, no much effect actually. Just like people drinking cappuccino and like to add some cinnamon powder. I think icing sugar and powder sugar is the same. They are very fine texture just like flour and powder.

  33. Hi,
    COuld you please advise how to add butter filling?

  34. Hi Anonymous,
    I might not have the perfect method for adding the butter filling into the dough. If you have a better one please let me know ok. What I do is flatten the each dough then use a spoon to hold the butter and place at the center of the dough then carefully wrap it up tightly.

  35. Hi
    Your recipie looks quite interesting, could you please let me know you have mentioned 38g beaten eggs for the icing.. How many eggs would that be?

  36. huray!! we will eat coffee bun today... :D

  37. What a very lovely bun this is! I am so impressed. It is really pretty!

  38. I have been searching fr this recipe for a long while. will be making it soon. I know, the smell is irresistible. Just walking across rotiboy can cause hunger pangs..!! :)

    Thnx for the recipe.

  39. I have to say, this is an amazing recipe, and one that I shall return to again and again ... however, Is there a way to prevent the topping from sinking on the next day?

    Thank you sincerely for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

  40. just a correction to your recipe for the last step, which is to pipe out the topping, not the filling ^^ cheers!

  41. thank you for this recipe! i love these buns.

  42. Hi Grace,

    Thanks for your buns all collapsed right after baking...but will give it a try definitely...