Monday, April 8, 2013

Berry Custard Swirls

A new recipe, yay! It was Easter weekend, and I felt like making something, and that that something should be bread. Only I didn't feel like making hot cross buns even though it was Easter, and I sort of felt like making cinnamon swirls but not entirely, so I decided to mix it up a little by using some sort of strawberry filling. Then I thought, why not add coconut? Of course, if you don't like coconut you can always just leave it out and make plain bread dough so don't let that stop you making these! In the middle you could simply but some sort of jam, but I actually made my own filling with mixed berries that were in the freezer and I've tried to approximate the recipe (because I was just throwing things together). Finally, the buns were topped with a vanilla custard icing, and more coconut, which is of course optional. They were really delicious and a big hit, so go and make some right now!

Coconut Bread Dough

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup (60 grams) butter
1 egg
1 sachet instant yeast
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon coconut essence
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour

This dough is the same as most bread dough, so first you want to combine the milk, water and butter in a large bowl and microwave until the butter is melted - then if the liquid is too hot let it cool.

Whisk in the egg, yeast and sugar and let it sit for a few minutes to make sure that the yeast granules dissolve

Add the coconut, coconut essence, salt and one cup of the flour. Stir well with a fork and then add the second cup of flour. Keep stirring until it is mostly combined and then just let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes (during which time you can prepare the filling).

Add the remaining flour to the dough and begin to mix with your hands. When it comes together into a cohesive ball, roll it out onto a clean, floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes, until it is soft, smooth and pliable.

Roll the dough out into a large rectangle and spread it with the filling, then roll it up as tight as you can.

Slice the long roll into 12 pieces and gently place them on an oven tray. Place somewhere warm until the have risen to twice their original size. While they rise, preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the buns are light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool before icing them (don't be impatient like me, if they are too warm the icing will just melt and slide right off)

Berry Custard Filling

1 cup mixed frozen berries
1/4 cup berry sauce/ice-cream topping (jam would do as well)
1/4 cup (60 grams) butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon custard powder

Place all of the ingredients except the custard powder in a small bowl or jug and microwave until the butter has melted.

Blend the ingredients together with a hand blender. Add the custard powder and blend the mixture some more.

Continue to microwave in short bursts (about a minute each time) until the mixture is thick (more solid than liquid but still spreadable)

Vanilla Custard Icing

50 grams butter
1 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon custard powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Place the butter in a medium sized bowl and soften in the microwave.

Add the icing sugar, custard powder and vanilla essence and stir briskly (or use an egg beater) until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Spread the icing on the cooled buns and sprinkle with coconut if you want it.


  1. What is custard powder?? These look yummy.

    1. Wow, that's a difficult question - I didn't realise custard powder wasn't a ubiquitous product? It is very common in all British-colonised countries, it is a powder (obviously) made of cornflour (cornstarch in USA) and vanilla flavour and probably some other flavours and colours. You add it to milk and cook it to make delicious custard. I add it to all sorts of baking because it provides something a bit more than just vanilla extract. However, for lack of custard powder I would just use cornflour in the berry filling and vanilla extract alone in the frosting. If you're in a country without custard powder look out for a British food store, you'll find it there :) Good luck

  2. Jaimie, just letting you know that your link to Food on Friday: Soup was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series today. Hope you have a nice week.


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