These Raspberry Pull-Apart Buns are shaped like a flower, and have just as many calories! Just kidding, who eats flowers, gross. But it’s a really delicious breakfast option for Mother’s Day! The coconut glaze totally makes it!
We recently bought a fridge that has a water dispenser on the front, and it’s awesome, but I keep overflowing my cups and getting water all over the floor. Like, really, Karen? You can’t even bother keeping an eye on your glass to make sure it doesn’t overflow? I’m always trying to multitask in the kitchen but this one backfired on me.
I think it has a lot to do with my pitiful attention span. You expect me to watch a cup fill with water for 15 WHOLE SECONDS?? (I should time it. I bet it’s not even that long.) Another contributing factor is that lately I keep grabbing half-pint mason jars from the cupboard when I get thirsty. They’re just so cute and tiny. (Heeere’s your sign Karen.)
Do NOT use a tiny half-pint mason jar for the glass you need as a place-holder when shaping this bread. Go for a normal sized glass. Wait, come back, don’t be intimidated! This bread is not hard, I promise. It does take some time, but any decent bun recipe does. And this one is so pretty!
Have you ever made a sweet bread recipe where you use a cup in the middle like the photo up there? I first heard of it a few Christmases ago when my mother-in-law Kris decided to make star bread like this one for Christmas morning. She baked it, then set it on a serving dish and stuck it in the (turned off) oven to keep warm. But I guess it was still too hot, because the glass shattered, ruining the bread as well as the Easy Breakfast Casserole with Potatoes and Ham that was being kept warm on the rack below. Ah, memories!!
The bread is pretty enough by itself, but then after it’s baked you poke little holes in it, fill them with coconut-flavored raspberry jam, and then drizzle it with coconut glaze. It is so fun and perfect for spring!
The drizzle is made with So Delicious Coconutmilk Coffee Creamer, who I’m partnering with for today’s post. I don’t drink coffee, but anyone who thinks coffee creamer is just for coffee is misinformed. At my first Real Job as an administrative assistant, there was free coffee and hot chocolate packets in the break room. All the time. To a recently starving student, this was like a jackpot of free sugary drinks. I used to add tons of those tiny creamer packets to make my hot chocolate next level.
I used the French Vanilla flavor for the glaze. So good! I could drink the stuff. I found it at Target. They have an awesome deal going now through May 6 — if you use the Cartwheel app at Target, (I love the Cartwheel app!!) you can save 15% on So Delicious creamers, as well as Silk creamers. Woohoo!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome moms out there!
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Raspberry Pull-Apart Buns with Coconut Glaze
- 3 & 1/2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter, (half stick)
- 2 eggs
For the top:
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons So Delicious Coconutmilk Coffee Creamer, French Vanilla (or more to taste)
- extra jam, to garnish
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine 2 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
- In a glass measuring cup, add 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until the milk is warm to the touch (like bathwater. NOT hot.) and the butter is somewhat melted and softened. (If your butter melts all the way, it's probably too hot and you should wait for it to cool.)*
- Add the warm milk and 2 eggs to the flour and stir together well. At this point you can switch to the dough hook if you are using a mixer.
- Add 1 and 1/2 cups flour and stir it in (That's 3 and 1/2 cups total so far). Continue adding flour in half cup increments until the dough is soft and sticky but workable. If you are using a mixer, you should hear the dough slapping the sides of the bowl.
- Knead the dough either by hand or with the mixer for 7-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray. Knead the dough into a ball and place in the oiled bowl, turning once to coat the top. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
- Punch down the dough and let rest another 10 minutes.
- Roll out the dough on a floured work surface. Shape it into a 12-inch circle.
- Line a large baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Transfer the dough to the lined baking sheet.
- Place a glass in the center of the circle (or some other circular object with about a 3-4 inch diameter). This is only placed here so that you don't accidentally cut it while you are shaping the dough.
- Cut the dough with a knife, from the rim of the glass to the edge of the dough circle, into quarters. Cut each quarter into 5 narrow wedge-shaped strips. The center of the dough with the glass over it should remain untouched.
- You should now have 20 narrow wedge-shaped strips of dough surrounding the center.
- Pick up two adjacent strips, and twist them together about 4 times; pinch the ends of the two pieces together. Gently coil to form a rough flower shape. Arrange the round into the middle of the circle, where the drinking glass was. This is going to be the center of the flower.
- Pick up two more adjacent strips, twist 4-5 times and pinch the ends as before; coil into a rough round, and arrange the new petal next to the center rosette. Repeat with remaining 16 strips, twisting and pinching them in twos, coiling and arranging them into 8 more petals around the center rosette. Finished bread has 9 petals surrounding the center round, for a total of 10 rounds.
- Use your fingers to make an indentation in the center of each round, where the jelly will go.
- Cover the shaped dough with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until nearly doubled.
- While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water. Just before putting the bread in the oven, brush the egg mixture all over the dough with a pastry brush. You might not need all of it.
- Bake the bread at 375 for about 20 minutes, or until the top is a deep golden brown and the bottom of the bread has started to brown.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the raspberry jam and the coconut extract.
- Let the bread cool until you are able to handle it. Use your fingers or a spoon to make a well in the center of each round. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons jam into the center of each round.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and coconut creamer until it is thin and pourable. Add more creamer as necessary, but only a little at a time.
- Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the bread.
- Serve warm with any remaining glaze and extra jam.
- This bread will keep on the countertop (covered tightly) for 2-3 days.
Source: this one was adapted from Allrecipes.com.
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All kinds of pull-apart bread ideas from friends!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk and So Delicious Dairy Free Creamers. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hi, Karen! I love your blog. Cooking is so much fun! I have started cooking just recently and it’s all thanks to your blog! I found some easy recipes and out of boredom I tried to prepare them myself – Vouila! They are edible – I thought to myself and so on my journey with cooking begun! Thanks a lot for providing those tasty recipes.
Another delicious looking recipe I will have to try!
Any substitute for coconut?
Hey Vanessa! Sure, just leave out the coconut extract and replace the coconut creamer with milk. Enjoy!
Karen did you take those photos? They’re incredible. My mouth is watering!
I have the same prob as you regarding attention spans, but I was able to slowly train myself to be better using the pomodoro method. Might work for you, too!
I did! Thanks so much!
Wow!!! Those buns look so delicious!!!! I loved the flower shape. It looks so pretty. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Jessi! The prettiest buns around! :) Thanks for the comment!
these look so good! i also really appreciate the photos and the way you explained how to shape the rolls – that’s not easy to do in a way that’s concise and actually understandable to someone who hasn’t done this before. i’ll have to make this a weekend morning project soon. (also love the flavored creamer in hot chocolate idea! i don’t drink coffee either – just don’t care for it – but all those flavors always did sound good.)
also? one thanksgiving i was making my mom’s sweet potato and marshmallow casserole. it was in the oven and i had to leave for ten minutes to pick up my boyfriend from the train station. my roommates were home of course and all they had to do was take it out when the timer went off. i came home to glass and sweet potato everywhere…apparently when she went to take it out of the oven the whole casserole just shattered! it was a pyrex dish, i’ll never know how it happened. i felt so bad! thankfully nothing else got glass’d though, that must have been extra terrible, haha. memories indeed. :)
Okay, same thing happened to us a couple years ago!! Same dish! Sweet potatoes and marshmallows. Just completely shattered right when it was supposed to come out of the oven–in a pyrex 9×13 dish. So weird! Maybe those pans were just duds and couldn’t hold up, because it’s not like the oven was above 350. MYSTERIES!
This looks yummy! I bet an orange marmalade instead of the raspberry jam with the coconut glaze would be delicious too, and tropical. Or with blueberry and slivered almonds. The braiding of the bread dough looks daunting for someone like me who is not experienced with that kind of thing, but I’m sure it’s easier than it looks…
On another note, I can relate to situations in which something shatters. A couple years ago, I made a homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving, I took it out of the fridge and the bowl it was in slipped out of my hands, shattered, and the cranberry sauce was ruined. I was sad at first but looking back now, it was pretty funny.
Ooh I like the blueberry almond idea! And I promise, the dough shaping is not as hard as it looks. Let me know if you give it a try!
And why is it that whenever something like that happens on a holiday, it’s always funny to look back on? Holiday meals are fun but sometimes stressful. It’s nice to look back and be able to laugh.
LOVE your photos! This looks totally amazing– thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Kathy!! I hope you get to make it soon :)
These look beautiful and delicious! Perfect!
Thank you so much Annie!