Buchteln Recipe – Jam Filled Sweet Rolls
Jam filled Sweet Rolls are called Buchteln in Germany. The Buchteln recipe is a yeast dough filled with jam and easy to prepare. Traditionally served in the morning of New Year’s Day.
Ingredients for Buchteln Recipe:
(Makes approximately 18 rolls.)
- 350 ml (11.83 oz) of milk
- 750 g (1.65 lbs) of flour, all-purpose
- 150 g (5.29 oz) of butter, soft
- 2 pouches of dry yeast, rapid rise (1 pouch of yeast = 7 g)
- 9 tablespoons of sugar
- 2 eggs, XL
- pinch of salt
- Bonne Maman Preserves—Plum OR Mirabelle OR Apricot jam
- additional melted butter (to brush on the rolls before baking)
Preparation of the dough:
Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and dry yeast in a bowl. Make a hole in the center to add the eggs. Once added, cover the eggs with the flour mix. Cut the butter into pieces and spread the soft butter on top of the flour mix.
Warm up the milk lukewarm and pour half of it over the flour mix. Start kneading with your Kitchen Aid stand-alone mixer or your hand-held electric mixer, while gradually adding the rest of the milk. Keep kneading until the dough is smooth and is not sticking to the sides of the bowl anymore. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 60 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
Shaping and filling of the Buchteln:
Knead the dough again and divide it into 18 pieces. Form the pieces into balls, cover, and let them rise again for about 20 minutes. Use your rolling pin to carefully roll the balls into circles, starting from the center and working your way out. Alternatively, you can roll the dough and cut out circles with a cookie cutter or glass with a large opening.
In the center of each circle, place a tablespoon of the jam or preserve of your choice. You can even create a variety, as I often do. Close each piece by folding the dough’s sides towards the center and sealing and placing them in a buttered baking pan with the seam down. My baking pan has the measurements 14 inches x 9.5 inches. Let them rise covered for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F). Brush the buchteln with melted butter and place them on the third rack. Bake for 25-30 minutes. After 20 minutes of baking time, brush them again with some butter and return them to the oven for another 10 minutes.
When ready, remove from oven and sift some powdered sugar on top. The Buchteln are best served warm. Enjoy!