Who remembers the aromatic whiff that will lead us by the nose to freshly baked buns with crisp coffee exterior and moist buttery center? I remember that day very clearly; I was just window shopping when I saw people forming a beeline towards the aroma of coffee and baking bread wafting in the air. Soon, I was joining them. With our nose guiding us and our eyes closed, we easily made our way to the bakery and willingly part with our money in exchange for the fluffy white bun with buttery hollow center that makes our mouth water. Resistance is futile. It was so popular that we know it as Rotiboy rather than its generic name of Mexican coffee bun. Years passed. I got married, have kids and somehow had not eaten this bun for quite some time. I wonder why? Maybe I window shop less after having kids hence I do not encounter that hypnotizing aroma anymore. Anyway, do you know that it is easy to bake this ourselves and the best part is I have just the right recipe to share with you today. Deliciously crisp coffee exterior with moist buttery center. Preparation time: 2 hours 30 minutes (Including dough proofing time) Baking time: 20 minutes Serving size: 8 buns Homemade Mexican Coffee Buns Ingredients: DOUGH 250g plain flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon instant yeast 1 egg 1\/2 teaspoon salt 150ml milk 30g unsalted butter TOPPING 1 tablespoon instant coffee 1 teaspoon hot water 50g unsalted butter 50g icing sugar 50g cake flour 1 egg FILLING 8 pcs of 2cm x 2cm salted butter cubes Method: DOUGH \tCombine 250g plain flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon instant yeast, 1 beaten egg, 150ml fresh milk and \u00bd teaspoon salt and knead. \tAdd 30g unsalted butter and continue kneading. \tThe dough may start wet and sticky but continue kneading about 20 minutes to get an elastic dough. I highly recommend using an electric mixer with kneading function to make this as it can be pretty messy to knead with our hands. The last I tried, the dough ate half of my arms but if you really insist to do it manually, generally it requires about 200 bangs onto the worktop to achieve an elastic dough. \tForm into a ball and proof the dough for an hour or until it doubles in size. TOPPING \tWhile waiting for the dough to proof, prepare the coffee topping. \tDissolve 1 tablespoon instant coffee with 1 teaspoon hot water. Set aside. \tBeat 50g unsalted butter. Add 50g icing sugar and continue beating until pale and creamy. \tAdd 50g cake flour, 1 egg and coffee mixture. Beat until well combined. \tPour into a piping bag and chill in the refrigerator. BUTTER FILLING \tCut 8 pieces of 1.5cm x 1.5cm cubes of salted butter and freeze Back to the DOUGH \tDust working mat. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces. \tForm into balls. Divide dough into 9 equal pieces and shape into balls. \tDivide the last ball into 8 pieces. \tCover and rest for 10 minutes. \tWrap 8 frozen butter cubes using the 8 pieces smaller dough. \tFlatten the big dough ball and place wrapped butter in the middle. \tCover, seal and roll the dough. Place on a baking tray. \tCover and let rise for 40 minutes. \tPipe topping in a spiral motion. \tBake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15 \u2013 20 minutes. Divide the last ball into 8 small pieces. Wrap 8 frozen butter cubes using the 8 pieces smaller dough. Pipe coffee topping in a spiral motion. https:\/\/youtu.be\/kSVTTdeMi0A These coffee buns are best eaten fresh out of the oven. Is your mouth watering already? Before you start baking this irresistible Mexican coffee buns, you'll have to ask yourself if you are in good terms with your neighbours because I am sure they'll ring your house bell once their nose catch whiff of these aromatic buns. Well, you prepared some calcium-enriched buns last week and now you are preparing special Mexican Coffee buns, so don't be surprised to see them line-up right in front of your door! Psst. You may take this opportunity to ask them to visit Motherhood Story for more homemade recipes. It wouldn't hurt to share some tiny secret right?