Papparoti Coffee Buns


papparoti coffee buns
One of my dear favourite recipes, these Coffee Buns! They have been inspired by food chain Pappa Roti, but imagine having them super fresh and soft with Salted Butter oozing from Inside the Buns.
You can really play with these buns with the toppings. Some of the toppings you might enjoy are: Nutella, Caramel, Milk Chocolate, Maple Syrup, Oreos or even as it is! The possibilities are absolutely endless.
Have you ever worked with YEAST?
YEAST is nothing to be scared about, it’s honestly not Rocket Science. I use Active Dry Instant Yeast. If you’re using Fresh Yeast, just double the quantity.
Here are a few tips which will help you to learn about yeast. I use Active Dry Instant Yeast.
Water: Only use Warm Water when trying to activate yeast. Both hot and cold water will kill the yeast. Use Lukewarm Water!
Salt vs Sugar: Sugar helps the yeast to activate, to make it frothy and to give a better rise. Whilst, salt is the opposite, it's an anti-agent. Salt should only be incorporated in the dough towards the final stages of it.
Proofing: YES IT REQUIRES PATIENCE! You need to find a warm place, a Switched Off oven is the best place to proof your bread. In areas where it's generally cold or during Winters, it will take longer to proof say about a little bit more than an hour. But during Warm Climate or/and Humid Weather, it will take relatively shorter, close to around 40 minutes.
Enough about yeast! All I am saying is it’s nothing to be scared about.
Here’s how you can make the fluffiest, coffee buns at home:
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Proofing Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Evening, Snack
Cuisine Malaysian
Yields 5 Buns
Calories 175 kcal


  • Stand Mixer (Optional)
  • Weighing Scale
  • oven
  • Whisk
  • Baking Tray


For the Buns:

  • 250 gm flour
  • 30 gm castor sugar
  • 30 gm soft/melted unsalted butter
  • 5 gm yeast
  • 120 ml warm milk (more if required)
  • 5 gm milk powder
  • 2 gm salt

For the Stuffing

  • 75 gm ice cold salted butter (freeze when you start making the recipe, for about 10 minutes)

For the Coffee Topping

  • 3 gm coffee powder (less/more) upto you
  • 15 gm icing sugar
  • 20 gm flour
  • 25 gm yoghurt
  • 10 gm melted butter unsalted


  • Keep 75 Grams of Salted Butter in the Freezer before starting this recipe.
  • Take a bowl, whisk together Sugar, Yeast and Some of the Milk and let it sit to Froth properly.
  • Mix together Flour and Milk Powder and put it onto a Plain Surface and make a well (alternatively, you may use a stand mixer as well).
  • Add in your Yeast Sugar mixture and start kneading. Start adding in the remaining milk at this point and knead well.
  • Generate heat from your palms and try to form the dough. When all the milk is added, add in your Soft/Melted Unsalted Butter and Knead further.
  • Finally add in the Salt and Knead it into a tight ball. When done, weigh your dough, should be somewhere around 480 grams.
  • Elongate it and divide it into 5 equal parts of 90-100 Grams.
  • Next, take the Ice Cold Butter and cut it into 5 Equal Parts of 15 Grams each. Just needs to be good size small Butter Bricks.
  • Take a division of the dough, flatten it in your palm and add your butter in it. Using the press & fold method cover the butter completely and make it into a bun round. You might need to invert it.
  • Pinch your dough properly SO there are NO openings. Do this step properly as for butter to not ooze out of the dough while it’s proofing or baking.
  • Repeat Steps 9 & 10 for all 5 Parts.
  • Take a well oiled tray, sprinkle a bit of flour and keep all your dough balls on it, spread apart for proofing. Proof them in a switched off oven for 40 mins to an hour, or until double in size.
  • When proofed, using a brush, add all your coffee topping. To make the Coffee Topping, just whisk together all the ingredients mentioned above.
  • Bake your Buns at 160°Celsius for 15-20 minutes or until done.
  • Enjoy with any toppings you like!


Closing Note

THEY’RE YUM! Have them for Breakfast or with your Evening cup of Tea & Coffee.
These buns will easily last you for 2-4 days. You can easily microwave them for 10-15 seconds for them to regain their softness and fluffiness.
Store in a cool & dry place which is completely covered like a Bread Box or a Jar or something.
If you think you are really enjoying making bread at home. Here are few more bread recipes, you can try:
Keyword bread, coffee, sweet

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