Date and Pecan Buns

Ingredients

Sweet Dough

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
5 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup lukewarm milk
2-1/4 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
1-1/2 oz butter, melted
1 egg yolk

Filling

1-1/2 cups dates
3/4 cup pecans
1 oz butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten

Method

  1. To make the dough, place the yeast, 2 teaspoons of the sugar and all of the milk in a bowl and mix to combine. Set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.
  2. Place the flour, butter, yolk and remaining sugar in a bowl. Add the yeast mixture and mix until a smooth dough forms. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding a little extra flour to the dough if it becomes too sticky.
  3. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F).
  4. Place the dates, pecans, butter and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and process until roughly chopped.
  5. Roll out the dough to a 14 in x 10 in rectangle. Spread with the date mixture, roll to enclose and slice into 7 pieces.
  6. Arrange all the pieces in a greased 8-inch round cake tin. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Brush with the egg and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake for 45 minutes or until dark golden. Serve warm or cold.

Makes 7 buns.

Source: Donna Hay

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