Yeasted Poppy Seed Apple Buns
These yeasted buns are given a poppy seed and fresh apple filling, baked golden, and coated with a sweet lemon frosting.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 2medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
- ¾cup lukewarm milk
- 1tablespoon lukewarm milk
- 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 4¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼cup white sugar
- 5tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1pinch salt
- vegetable oil, or as needed
- 3cups grated apple
- ½cup white sugar
- 2teaspoons lemon juice
- 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5ounces freshly ground poppy seeds
- 4tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 2teaspoons lemon juice, or more as needed
Step 1Place potatoes in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered, until soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and let cool, 15 to 20 minutes. Pass cooled potatoes through a potato ricer and set aside.
Step 2Stir 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk and yeast together in a small bowl. Let stand until creamy or foamy, about 10 minutes.
Step 3Combine potatoes, yeast mixture, flour, sugar, butter, egg, lemon zest, and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Knead on low speed until dough is smooth, elastic, and detaches from the bowl, about 5 minutes; dough should be slightly sticky.
Step 4Place dough into an oiled bowl. Turn over to coat. Cover with a damp dish towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Step 5In the meantime, mix apple, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon for filling together in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate filling.
Step 6Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12x14-inch rectangle. Spread filling evenly over dough, leaving about 1/2 inch free on each long side. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Roll up tightly lengthwise. Brush seams with a little water and pinch to stick together.
Step 7Place the roll on a large cutting board, seam-side down. Cut into 1 1/2-inch slices using a very sharp knife.
Step 8Fit rolls loosely into a greased 10-inch round or 9x13-inch rectangular baking pan, cut-side down, with a little space between them. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until visibly doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Step 9Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Step 10Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 11Meanwhile, stir confectioners' sugar and enough lemon juice together in a bowl to make a thick, spreadable frosting.
Step 12Remove buns from the oven. Brush frosting over rolls while they are still warm.