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Overhead shot of 6 croissant cups filled with cheesecake filling, topped with red raspberry glaze and crushed graham crackers

CHEESECAKE CROISSANT BUNS RECIPE (BUNS FROM HOME)


  • Author: Zoha
  • Yield: 9 4-5" buns

Description

These delicious cheesecake croissant buns are inspired by Buns From Home in London. Crispy, flakey croissant cups are filled with a rich no-bake cheesecake filling and topped off with a homemade raspberry glaze and crushed graham crackers.


Ingredients

Croissant dough:

  • 70g milk
  • 5g yeast (1.5 tsp)
  • 50g water 
  • 125g all purpose flour
  • 125g bread flour
  • 7g salt (1tsp)
  • 25g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp honey 7g
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 130g butter for lamination (use high quality butter with at least 82% butter fat, I like Kerry gold)

Croissant cups:

  • 9x16” prepared croissant dough sheet 
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp milk for egg wash

Cheesecake filling:

  • 350g cream cheese (12oz), room temp
  • 100g sugar 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 130g sour cream 
  • 130g heavy cream, chilled & whipped to medium peaks

Raspberry glaze

  • 4 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp sugar 
  • 2-3 Graham crackers for topping

Instructions

Laminated croissant dough: (I am still perfecting my recipe and will share an in depth blog post on it!)

  • Combine all ingredients for the dough except the 50g butter and 130g butter, and knead using a hook attachment on a standmixer for 5-7 minutes on medium-high speed
  • Add the 50g softened butter and knead again for 5 minutes until the butter is incorporated into the dough
  • Cover the dough and let it rise for about 1 hour at room temperature
  • Once it is chilled, roll it out into a 5.5"x11" rectangle. Cover in cling wrap and place in the freezer for 5 minutes followed by refrigerating for 30 minutes
  • In the meanwhile, take the 130g butter and place it in parchment paper you've folded to form a 5x5" square. Beat the butter with a rolling pin to flatten it out fully all the way to the corners of the parchment paper square. You want the butter to form an even, square shaped block.
  • Refrigerate the butter for 15 minutes
  • Encase the butter square into the dough rectangle, and fold the dough to seal the butter on all edges neatly
  • Roll out gently into a large rectangle that is about 1cm thick. Keeping the short edge towards you, fold down the top into the middle and then the bottom, so you get a three-layered fold (called a single turn or simple fold)
  • Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes. Then roll out again into a large rectangle that is about 7mm thick. Then perform a double turn: fold both short edges towards the middle until they meet each other. Then fold into half. You will form 4 layers in this turn.
  • Refrigerate for about 30-60 minutes. Then roll out into a 9x16" rectangle and proceed to the shaping steps below!

Croissant cups:

  • Brush butter on an upside down muffin pan
  • Remove 3"x16” of the croissant sheet and place it in the fridge
  • Divide the remaining 6"x16” into 9 strips along the length (should be roughly 2/3”x16" each)
  • Gently stretch each strip and roll it around each muffin cup, starting from the bottom and working up the edges, trying your best not to leave any gaps. Press down gently so the strip holds its shape
  • Take the remaining 3x16” sheet and cut it into 2 3"x8” sheets. Roll each into a log along the length like a cinnamon roll. Then divide into 9-10 equal circular pieces
  • Working one piece at a time, flatten each circle on a cold surface and roll it out until it’s slightly larger than the base of your cup. Place onto the cup and stretch to seal together with the strips placed earlier on the edges. Work one piece at a time, keeping the remaining in the fridge 
  • Proof cups at room temp (75F) for about 2 hours until they look nicely puffed up
  • Preheat oven to 350F in the last 15 minutes
  • Brush the cups generously with egg wash and then place the tray in the oven. Bake for 20 min, then place some weight on top of the cups to flatten them (e.g., a light baking sheet). Bake for another 10-15 min with the added weight

Cheesecake filling:

  • Whisk the cream cheese and sugar together until they are fully combined
  • Add the sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla and salt and whisk until combined
  • Whisk the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks
  • Fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mix and fold until combined

Raspberry glaze:

  • Heat the raspberry jam with water and sugar on low heat until they form a thick glaze like syrup. Let cool for 5-10 minutes

Final assembly:

  • Transfer cheesecake mixture to a piping bag. Make a large opening, and fill the croissant cups evenly with the cheesecake filling
  • Drizzle 1-2 table spoons of the glaze on top, and cover with crushed graham crackers
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving

Notes

  • I recommend watching a youtube video on making croissants to understand the folding process
  • If you follow a different croissant dough recipe, make sure to scale it so that the total flour (all purpose flour + bread flour) quantity adds up to 250g. Then roll into a 9x16" rectangle at the end and follow the remaining steps above
  • You can substitute ready-made puff pastry instead of croissant dough. If you do this, there is no need to proof the dough. Instead, directly bake once shaped. The baking time may also vary, and will likely be shorter (I would start with 10 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes with added weight)
  • Category: Croissants

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