Healthy Baked Nigerian Buns (Less Oil, More Fun!)

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Nigerian buns are a delightful treat, offering a unique and flavorful twist on classic pastries. They’re perfect for breakfast, a midday snack, or even a sweet ending to a meal. This guide will take you through everything you need to know to bake these delicious buns at home, from gathering the ingredients to enjoying the finished product.

Ingredients:

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4 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, for topping (optional)

  • Baking Instructions:

    1. Prep and Activate the Yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg (if using). In a separate bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let the yeast mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes foamy and active.

    2. Create the Dough: Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture along with the softened butter and beaten egg. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment (or by hand), knead the dough for 5-7 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. If the dough feels too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it becomes manageable.

    3. First Rise: Lightly grease a large bowl. Place the dough ball in the greased bowl, turning it to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

    4. Shaping the Buns: Punch down the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth ball. Arrange the dough balls on a greased baking sheet, leaving space between them for rising. Cover the baking sheet loosely with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for another 30 minutes.

    5. Baking Time: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Brush the tops of the buns with a little milk or egg wash (optional). Sprinkle with granulated sugar for a sweet topping (optional). Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

    6. Cool and Enjoy: Remove the buns from the oven and let them cool slightly on a wire rack before digging in!

    Nutritional Facts (per bun):

    Calories: 250 (approx.)

  • Fat: 10g (approx.)
  • Carbohydrates: 35g (approx.)
  • Protein: 5g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 15g (approx.)

  • Note: These nutritional facts are estimates and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    Nigerian buns are a simple yet satisfying treat that’s sure to become a new favorite. The combination of soft, fluffy dough and a touch of sweetness makes them perfect for any occasion. So, why not give this recipe a try and experience the deliciousness of Nigerian buns for yourself?

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use different types of flour?

    Yes, you can! While all-purpose flour is the most common, you can experiment with whole wheat flour, bread flour, or even a combination for a slightly different texture or flavor profile.

    2. What if I don’t have nutmeg?

    No problem! Nutmeg adds a warm, spiced flavor, but you can simply omit it from the recipe if you don’t have it on hand.

    3. How can I make the buns vegan?

    For a vegan option, substitute the milk with unsweetened plant-based milk and use vegan butter. You can also skip the egg wash and sprinkle the buns with a little vegan sugar before baking.

    4. How can I store leftover buns?

    Store leftover Nigerian buns in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also freeze them for longer storage. Simply thaw them at room temperature before enjoying.

    5. Can I fill the buns with anything?