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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
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:

  1. 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.

  2. Add 6 cups of the flour and salt to the bowl with the yeast mixture.

  3. Zest the lemon and orange and add the zest to the bowl with the flour and yeast mixture.

  4. Peel the orange and lemon and add the flesh of the fruit to your blender (be sure to remove the seeds).

  5. Add the milk, melted butter, eggs and sugar to the blender and blend on high speed until smooth.

  6. Add the contents of the blender to the bowl of the mixer and mix on low speed until a sticky dough forms.

  7. 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.

  8. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rise for 90 minutes.

  9. 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.

  10. Cover with a kitchen towel and rise for about 20 minutes (this is a good time to preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit).

  11. Bake the buns at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 18 minutes, or until the buns are light golden brown on top.

  12. Let the buns cool on the baking trays until completely cool.

For the frosting:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add a few drops of milk if necessary to loosen up the frosting so it's easily spreadable.

  4. Spread a little frosting over each of the cooled buns and sprinkle with sprinkles for decoration.

  5. Enjoy immediately, or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes

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