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Cashew and Tahini Buns

When I think of the holidays, I think of the lovely smells of baked goods permeating throughout the house as I am constantly making items to share with friends and family. This recipe does not disappoint! The addition of cashews in the filling gives this buttery, sweat dough a satisfying nuttiness.The perfect blend of texture, sweetness and holiday magic, these buns are a festive way to begin the day— have them for breakfast with the whole family!

Cashew and Tahini Buns


  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 8 tablespoons (or 1 stick) butter, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoon oil

Cashew Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups toasted cashew

  • 6 tablespoons tahini

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoons ground cardamom

  • 2 tablespoons rose water (optional)

  • 1/4 cup water

Sugar Icing:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Serving: 12 buns

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 20-25 minutes Method:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the yeast into the milk, and set aside.

  2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and salt until smooth and creamy.

  3. Add the egg. Mix until it is well incorporated.

  4. If your mixer has a dough attachment, go ahead and use it.

  5. Add the flour to the butter mixture.

  6. Slowly, add the yeast and milk.

  7. Let the mixer run for 7 minutes or knead by hand for 10 minutes.

  8. The dough should feel soft and slightly elastic. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and form into a ball.

  9. Place in a greased bowl, cover and place in a warm place for 2 hours.

  10. While the dough is proofing, prepare the filling. Toast the cashews until medium brown, either in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350°F or in a frying pan. Place in a food processor and grind until very fine.

  11. Once the cashews are powdery but not paste-like, place it in a medium-sized bowl along with the remaining ingredients.

  12. Mix well to obtain a thick paste.

  13. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface.

  14. Roll out the dough to form a rectangle that is 16 inches long by 14 inches wide.

  15. Add the paste to cover the dough, leaving 1 inch all around from the boarder.

  16. Start rolling the long end of the dough over itself until it is a log shape.

  17. Cut into round circles about 1 1/2 inches thick.

  18. Place on a parchment greased baking sheet and allow to proof for 30 minutes.

  19. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  20. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes.

  21. While the buns are cooking, prepare the icing.

  22. In a microwave-safe oven, melt the butter.

  23. Gradually add the powered sugar while whisking.

  24. Add the cream until you get a consistency of thick icing.

  25. Once the buns come out of the oven, spread the icing on top.

  26. Serve warm.

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