Coffee Big Bun (咖啡大包)

Coffee Big Bun (咖啡大包)

This is a term that refers to a large, coffee-flavored bun, often enjoyed as a snack or breakfast item in some parts of Asia, particularly Hong Kong. These buns are known for their sweet coffee glaze on top, which complements the soft, fluffy bread underneath. Here’s a recipe to make your own Coffee Big Bun at home.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Chinese


For the Bun Dough:

  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 250 ml warm milk
  • 10 g instant yeast
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g unsalted butter softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Coffee Topping:

  • 100 g unsalted butter softened
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon of hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 120 g all-purpose flour


Make the Bun Dough:

  • In a large bowl, combine the warm milk, sugar, and instant yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • Add the flour, egg, softened butter, and salt to the yeast mixture. Mix until the dough comes together.
  • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Prepare the Coffee Topping:

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the egg and the dissolved coffee mixture.
  • Gradually add the flour, stirring until the mixture is smooth.

Shape and Assemble the Buns:

  • Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide it into 8 equal pieces.
  • Shape each piece into a ball and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Allow the shaped buns to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Carefully spread the coffee topping over each bun, covering the tops.

Bake the Buns:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • Bake the buns for about 15-20 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden, and the buns are cooked through.


  • Allow the buns to cool on a wire rack before serving.
  • Enjoy your Coffee Big Buns warm or at room temperature, ideally with a cup of coffee or tea.

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