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Easter Paska Buns

These Easter Paska Buns are the perfect sweet treat for Easter or spring! Made with a fresh citrus-infused simple sweet dough, creamy frosting and sprinkles!
Course Baking, Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Easter, European, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
rising time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 30 buns
Calories 355kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

For the buns:

  • 2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 7 - 7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • a few drops of milk, until spreadable consistency is reached
  • sprinkles (if desired)

Instructions

For the buns:

  • Add the yeast, water and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment (or use a large bowl and a hand mixer with a dough hook attachment). Let rise for 2 minutes.
  • Add 6 cups of the flour and salt to the bowl with the yeast mixture.
  • Zest the lemon and orange and add the zest to the bowl with the flour and yeast mixture.
  • Peel the orange and lemon and add the flesh of the fruit to your blender (be sure to remove the seeds).
  • Add the milk, melted butter, eggs and sugar to the blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  • Add the contents of the blender to the bowl of the mixer and mix on low speed until a sticky dough forms.
  • Add the additional 1 to 1 1/2 cup flour as the mixer kneads the dough, 1/2 cup at a time until the dough becomes less sticky, but still soft.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rise for 90 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 30 equal pieces and roll each piece into a round bun shape. Place the buns on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and rise for about 20 minutes (this is a good time to preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Bake the buns at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 18 minutes, or until the buns are light golden brown on top.
  • Let the buns cool on the baking trays until completely cool.

For the frosting:

  • To a medium bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese and room temperature butter and cream them together with a hand mixer or wooden spoon.
  • Add the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and mix well until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  • Add a few drops of milk if necessary to loosen up the frosting so it's easily spreadable.
  • Spread a little frosting over each of the cooled buns and sprinkle with sprinkles for decoration.
  • Enjoy immediately, or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

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Notes

Do not refrigerate the buns after baking as this dries them out. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 158mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 273IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 3mg