Orange Sweet Buns

A nod to the classic sweet bun recipe, these Orange Sweet Buns have the same sunny disposition, only with a new and improved crème fraîche frosting.

Orange Sweet Buns
 

Makes 12 buns
Ingredients
  • 4¼ to 4½ cups (532 to 563 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1⅓ cups (267 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 (0.25-ounce) package (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups (300 grams) whole milk
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) packed orange zest (about 2 large oranges)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Orange-Crème Fraîche Glaze (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: orange zest

Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1½ cups (188 grams) flour, ⅓ cup (67 grams) sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat milk and ½ cup (113.5 grams) butter over medium heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C). Add warm milk mixture to flour mixture, and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add egg, and beat at medium-high speed for 2 minutes. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 2¾ cups (344 grams) flour, beating just until combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at medium speed until a soft, somewhat sticky dough forms, 6 to 8 minutes, stopping to scrape dough hook and sides of bowl as needed. Add up to remaining ¼ cup (31 grams) flour, adding 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. (Dough should pass the windowpane test [see PRO TIP] but may still stick slightly to sides of bowl.)
  4. Lightly oil a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
  6. In a small bowl, stir together zest, cardamom, remaining 1 cup (200 grams) sugar, and remaining ½ cup (113.5 grams) butter until well combined.
  7. Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into an 18×12-inch rectangle. Using a small offset spatula, spread zest mixture onto dough, leaving a ½-inch border on one long side. Starting with opposite long side, roll up dough, jelly roll style; pinch seam to seal. Gently shape log to 18 inches long and even thickness, if necessary. Using a serrated knife dipped in flour, cut log into 12 slices (about 1½ inches thick). Place slices, cut side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 30 to 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  9. Bake until lightly golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 25 to 30 minutes, loosely covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan. Using a small offset spatula, spread Orange-Crème Fraîche Glaze onto rolls. Garnish with zest, if desired. Serve warm.

Notes
PRO TIP: Test the dough for proper gluten development by using the windowpane test. Pinch off (don’t tear) a small piece of dough. Slowly pull the dough out from the center. If the dough is ready, you will be able to stretch it until it’s thin and translucent like a windowpane. If the dough tears, it’s not quite ready. Beat 1 minute more, and test again.

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Orange Crème Fraîche Glaze
 

Makes about 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ cups (200 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • ⅔ cup (160 grams) cold crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) packed orange zest
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until smooth. Use immediately.

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Persimmon Scones

The floral sweetness and spicy undertones of persimmons really sing in these extra-tender cinnamon-scented scones, brimming with fresh pieces of the fruit. A maple syrup glaze brings an extra dose of warmth. For more ways with persimmons, pick up a copy of our November/December 2019 issue!

Persimmon Scones
 

Makes about 7 scones
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons (70 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons (7.5 grams) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon (71 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup (134 grams) diced Fuyu persimmons
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (210 grams) plus
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) cold heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) vanilla extract*
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • Maple Glaze (recipe follows)

Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, 3 tablespoons (42 grams) brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and cardamom. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Toss persimmons in flour mixture. Add ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons (210 grams) cold cream and vanilla, stirring with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently 4 to 5 times. Roll dough to 1-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch round cutter, cut dough, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and remaining 1 teaspoon (5 grams) cold cream. Using a pastry brush, brush top of scones with egg wash. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons (28 grams) brown sugar.
  6. Bake until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle with Maple Glaze. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes
*We used Heilala Pure Vanilla Extract.

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Maple Glaze
 

Makes ⅔ cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (120 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons (53 grams) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon (75 grams) heavy whipping cream

Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, place confectioners’ sugar. Whisk in maple syrup; slowly whisk in cream until smooth. Use immediately.

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