Super Cheesy Ube Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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March 6th, 2020
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These Ube Hot Cross Buns are super cheesy and buttery that leans more toward the savory side with a touch of sweetness from lightly sprinkled sugar on the top and bottom of the buns. 

Super Cheesy Ube Hot Cross Buns

All I have to say is expect the unexpected from me.  Hehe.  I give you Super Cheesy Ube Hot Cross Buns and I am so super excited about it.  Testing of this dough took 3 tries.  No one was complaining as it was THAT GOOD.  I used ube powder and it’s easy to find on Amazon.  So no more talking.  Let’s bake!

Step by Step Ube Hot Cross Buns

You will need the following ingredients:

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add in the water and oil.

Mix with a dough hook until you get shaggy looking dough.  Then mix on low for 10 minutes until it starts to pull away from the bowl.  Oil a bowl and shape the dough into a ball and leave to rise in a warm area for and hour or two depending on how hot or cold your house is.

Take a 9×13 baking dish and brush with melted butter.  I always use this vegan butter, but feel free to use any butter you love.  Then lightly dust with some super fine baking sugar.

Roll out the dough slightly and top with cheese.  Fold the dough over and kneed until the cheese has been incorporated with the dough.

Cut into 12 even pieces and roll into a ball and place on the baking dish.  The tops of the dough with more butter.  Leave to rise for an hour.

Pre-heat your oven to 350C and just before baking brush the tops of the dough with more butter and lightly sprinkle with super fine baking sugar.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops have browned slightly.

Leave to cool while you make the sweet cheese frosting.

How to Make Sweet Cheese Frosting

It took me a few tries to figure this one out.  What I did was dissolve 2 tablespoons of the cheese powder you find in the mac and cheese boxes into room temperature milk.

Then mixed that into 1/4 cup of pre-made vanilla frosting.  It worked!

Once the buns have cooled down pipe crosses over each bun.

 

I love them lightly toasted spread with either more of the frosting or just plain butter.

These buns are best eaten on the same day they are baked. However if you do have some left over, lightly toast in the oven. Note if you do that the cheese frosting will melt into the buns and that is not a bad thing at all.

Other Ube Recipes You May Enjoy

What To Do With Leftover Ube Halaya? Make Ube Mont Blanc!

Ube Halaya Babka Dairy Free Recipe

Vegan Savory Ube Pierogies

 

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Cheesy Ube Hot Cross Buns
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Super Cheesy Ube Hot Cross Buns Recipe

These Ube Hot Cross Buns are super cheesy and buttery that leans more toward the savory side with a touch of sweetness from lightly sprinkled sugar on the top and bottom of the buns.

Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 Buns
Author Rezel Kealoha

Ingredients

Ube Buns

  • 2 Cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Packet Ube Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons Super Fine Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1/2 Cup Shreaded Cheddar Cheese Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Butter Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Superfine Sugar for Sprinkling

Sweet Cheese Frosting

  • 2 Tablespoons Cheese Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Room Temperature Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Ready Made Vanilla Frosting

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then add in the water and oil.

  2. Mix with a dough hook until you get shaggy looking dough. Then mix on low for 10 minutes until it starts to pull away from the bowl.

  3. Oil a bowl and shape the dough into a ball and leave to rise in a warm area for and hour or two depending on how hot or cold your house is.

  4. Take a 9×13 baking dish and brush with melted butter. Then lightly dust with some super fine baking sugar.

    Roll out the dough slightly and top with cheese. Fold the dough over and kneed until the cheese has been incorporated with the dough.

    Cut into 12 even pieces and roll into a ball and place on the baking dish. The tops of the dough with more butter. Cover with cling wrap and leave to rise for an hour.

  5. Pre-heat your oven to 350C and just before baking brush the tops of the dough with more butter and lightly sprinkle with super fine baking sugar.

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the tops have browned slightly. Leave to cool while you make the sweet cheese frosting.

Sweet Cheese Frosting

  1. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of the cheese powder into room temperature milk.  Mix into the vanilla frosting. 

  2. Put the frosting in a ziploc bag and cut one of the corners off to draw crosses on each bun.

  3. These buns are best eaten on the same day they are baked.  However if you do have some left over, lightly toast in the oven.  Note if you do that the cheese frosting will melt into the buns and that is not a bad thing at all.

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