Soft Buns (Paav)

As soft as a bun, is what I say to my daughter whenever she takes her form of the ultimate cuteness, seldom it occurs though. So I decided to persuade the devil in her to be more cute by making, these, which are one of her favorites. Added to this, I hid some chocolate pieces for some added incentives and for  the surprise element in all. She loves surprises and I love to see her wide expressions when she has these surprises, so this bake was for our mutual benefit. Lets get into this fast.



All purpose flour 2 Cups
Active dry yeast 2 Tsp
Sugar 1 Tbsp
Salt 1 Tsp
Fresh Cream 1/4 Cup
Warm Milk 3/4 Cup
Milk Powder 6 Tbsp
Butter 1 Tbsp


  1. In a bowl add all the dry ingredients and fresh cream except milk and butter.
  2. Incorporate well.
  3. Slowly add the warm milk and knead well. The milk should be added gradually,not at once. It might end up that the 3/4 cup as mentioned may not be required and it depends largely on the humidity. The consistency should be correct and for reference , shall be a little looser than the dough for Chapatis.It shall be sticky
  4. Knead well for 6 to 8 minutes until the dough is no more sticky.
  5. Add butter and knead again for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a well oiled bowl and cover it with a cling film or a wet towel, keep it for the first rise. It should double the volume.
  7. Punch it down and knead it for another two minutes.
  8. Equally divide the dough into sizes you like and shape the buns. Preferably at least 6 to 8 , to control the volume of each bun. (To add the element of surprise, you can hide pieces of chocolates in them,now)
  9. Oil a baking tin and place the buns , cover it again and keep it for the second rise.
  10. Apply milk on the risen buns.
  11. Cover the tin with an aluminium foil. Make sure to give enough space so that the buns shouldn’t touch the foils at any given point of time during the baking.
  12. Place it in a pre-heated oven (200°C) and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  13. Take the tin out , remove the foil, give a milk wash and bake again for 3-4 minutes without covering with aluminium foil. The top of the buns should be golden brown by now.
  14. Take out and transfer to a wire rack, apply a generous amount of butter on top whilst the buns are hot.
  15. Have your patience tested, keep it for another 3 hours for it to cool off.

Simple but humble, munch it away to the realm of sheer Ecstasy. Be sure, your kitchen shall be filled with the aroma of the moist dough with yeast, which, may find yourself indulging more that day. Beware, for those, who are on strict diets, this might be a sinner’s day.


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