Breakfast, Main Course

Delicious Pappa Roti Recipe

Delicious Pappa Roti Recipe

Delicious Pappa Roti Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5


For Buns:

  • tsp Yeast
  • ½ cup Warm Milk
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 5 tbsp Butter

Coffee Topping:

  • cup Icing Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Coffee (dissolved in 2 tsp hot water)
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Flour


  • Combine the dough ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer, and use the dough hook to stir on low till combined then turn the speed up to 6 and knead for 5 minutes.
  • If the dough feels sticky add another tbsp of flour and knead for another 3-4 minutes at which point if you pick up a piece of dough and stretch it it will be nice and elastic and not break.
  • Break a small piece off this dough, about golf ball sized, and wrap it around the frozen butter pieces and put them back in the freezer. The dough should stretch in a very thin film around the butter - a too thick dough won't bake through or give you a doughy center.
  • Leave the remaining dough to rise for an hour in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a kitchen towel inside a draft free space (I put it inside my oven with the oven off).
  • After an hour give your rise dough a quick turn by hand and divide it into six equal pieces. Flatten each piece out into a circular shape, place the pat of frozen butter inside and form a circle making sure the bottom is well sealed.
  • Leave them to rise on a lined baking tray for 45 minutes. Gently cover the top with a kitchen towel or a piece of plastic wrap. The dough balls will expand some but this step is important for the texture of the buns!

Coffee Topping:

  • Beat the icing sugar and butter together, first on low for the icing sugar to incorporate then on higher speed. Best to do this with a hand mixer or a whisk
  • Now add the egg and whip then the vanilla and coffee. The mix may look curdled and that's fine.
  • Mix in the flour until just combined then put your coffee topping in an icing bag or use a ziplock instead of one.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Snip a 1 cm piece off the end of the icing bag and pipe the coffee topping on in swirls over the coffee buns, making sure to cover the surface.
  • Bake for 17 minutes - the coffee buns should be a medium brown and well domed. Dig in!

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