Yema Bread Rolls with soft, fluffy buns and creamy egg custard filling are the ultimate snacks. Enjoy for breakfast or anytime you need a sweet treat.
Hello again, Kawaling Pinoy readers! I am Sanna, and I am thrilled to be back with another recipe to share with you. I hope you enjoyed the ube mamon I posted last month as I have another delicious baked treat today.
I love baking, and most often than not, you’d find me in my kitchen baking up batch after batch of both sweet and savory baked goods. I genuinely enjoy the whole creative energy of making a fresh loaf from scratch, and the fact that the entire house smells like a cozy bakeshop is a bonus.
These yema bread rolls are made of a dough I use in a lot of my bread creations. I’ve worked with all sorts of dough recipes, but this one is my favorite as it yields super soft, delicate buns that lend well to various fillings.
I’ve had delicious results with different fillings such as ube and coconut jam, but custard is hands down the best of the lot, in my opinion. The sweet and creamy yema nestled in pillowy bread rolls is like a delicious surprise in every bite!
The custard buns take about 1 hour to prep excluding the rise and chill time for the dough, but don’t let the seemingly complex process daunt you. I promise they’re worth the effort!
- The right temperature of the milk is crucial for proofing the yeast so make sure to heat your milk to the optimal temperature of 105 to 110 F. Remember that yeast is a living organism and hot liquid will kill it!
- If the yeast mixture does not foam after 20 minutes, the yeast is probably “dead” so discard the mixture and start with a fresh pack.
- The dough will be very sticky initially but once you add the melted butter, it will be soft, smooth and easier to handle.
- When assembling the buns, keep the filling in the center of the dough and leave about 1/2 inch border as any smears on the sides will make sealing the dough difficult.
You can also simplify the process by making the dough and the yema in advance. The dough after it has risen can be refrigerated for up to two days, and the yema filling will keep for up to three days. On the day of baking, just assemble the buns, let them rise, and bake!
Yema Bread Rolls
For the Bread
- 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup milk, heated to a temperature of 105 to 110 F
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and kept warm
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Yema
- 1 small potato, peeled and quartered
- 1 cup condensed milk
- 4 teaspoons milk
- eggs (remaining from making the dough)
Proof the Yeast
- In a small bowl, combine yeast, powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the warm milk. Stir well and let stand for about 15-20 minutes until foamy and thick.
Make the Dough
- In a bowl, beat the eggs and measure out 5 tablespoons. Reserve the remaining beaten eggs to make the yema.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar and the 5 tablespoons of eggs. Stir until sugar is incorporated.
- Add the remaining warm milk, the yeast, and 1/4 cup of the flour. Stir mixture until smooth and let stand briefly for about 2-3 minutes.
- Combine the remaining flour and salt and add to the bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon for 7 minutes or until it has gathered into a smooth and shiny dough. This dough will be very sticky. Do not add any flour.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the warm, melted butter and using your hands, mix the butter into the dough. Mix for about 5 minutes, incorporating the butter into the dough until it is soft, smooth and very shiny.
- Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and let rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.
- Knead the dough briefly just to deflate. Place it back in the bowl and chill in the fridge for one hour.
Make the Yema filling:
- In a saucepan over medium, combine potato and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until very tender.
- Drain the potatoes and mash with the 4 teaspoons of milk until smooth. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add condensed milk, 4 tablespoons of the mashed potato, and the remaining egg from the dough ingredients.
- Stir the mixture constantly until thick and spreadable, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool.
Assemble the Yema Bread Rolls
- Grease a 9 inch round pan with melted butter. Set aside.
- Deflate the dough by lightly kneading and divide into 15 portions. Lightly flour your hands and work surface as needed.
- Roll each portion into a smooth ball and then flatten with your palms until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
- Spoon about half a tablespoon of the yema filling on the center of the flattened dough. Fold and stretch the edges of the dough over the filling, then pinch the end while twisting it slightly to seal. Repeat with the other portions.
- Arrange the filled dough on the greased baking pan seam side down. Space them close to one another.
- Brush with the remaining melted butter and cover with a lightly buttered plastic wrap. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
- Place your rack in the lowest position inside the oven. Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Set the baking pan on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
- Bake for 5 minutes, then lower temperature to 375 F. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the top of the buns are nicely golden.