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Black Tahini Morning Buns

yield: 7 buns
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Ingredients

For the Buttermilk Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups (7.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) buttermilk, warmed to 120 (F) - 130 (F)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) vegetable oil

For the Black Tahini Filling

  • 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) black tahini (see baker's notes for sources)
  • 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) crème fraîche
  • 1/4 cup (1.75 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mini white chocolate chips

For the Cream Cheese Glaze and Black Sesame Topping

  • 1.5 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • black sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups (17.5 ounces) all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.
  • In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk together 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) buttermilk (warmed to lukewarm — remember that yeast is a living thing, so it's important not to kill it by warming the liquid too much; you want the temperature to be similar to that of a warm bath and no more), 1 large egg, and 1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) vegetable oil. Set aside.
  • Use a tall cup or a large measuring cup to make a well in center of the dry ingredients (from the 1st step) and add liquid ingredients (from the 2nd step), using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to stir until combined. As the dough starts to form, transfer to a lightly floured counter and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough is sticking, you can add up to 1/2 cup of extra flour as you knead, but don't over do it.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight, until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, transfer to a lightly floured counter and use a rolling pin to roll into a rectangle about 12 x 20 inches. Pro tip — the longer your rectangle, the more attractive your rolls will be! Try and make that 20 inches work.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) black tahini (see baker's notes for sources), 1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) crème fraîche, 1/4 cup (1.75 ounces) granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract until well combined. Use an offset spatula to spread the black tahini mixture over the rolled dough. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mini white chocolate chips. For more attractive rolls, make sure you spread the tahini completely and evenly over the rolled out dough, including the edges.
  • Working widthwise, roll the dough into a log, pinching its edges to seal. Cut the roll into 7 to 8 pieces, each about 2 inches wide. Place cut sides down on a 9-inch, deep dish pan in a flower shape. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until the edges of the roll are rounded and touching, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Once the rolls have risen, preheat the oven to 350 (F). Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for around 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges of each bun are golden in color. The best way to do so is to stick a skewer inserted in the center bun and see if it comes out clean, without any dough. If the tops of the rolls start to brown too quickly, cover with aluminum foil and continue baking until a skewer comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
  • While the rolls are cooling, make the cream cheese glaze. Combine 1.5 ounces cream cheese, 1 tablespoon whole milk, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract in the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat on a low speed until combined. Add 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar all at once and beat until fluffy and of drizzling consistency. Use immediately to drizzle on top of each cinnamon roll while the rolls are still warm, using a rubber spatula or butter knife to spread out the glaze. Garnish with black sesame seeds, and serve while warm. Enjoy!