Delicious walnut buns are fluffy, sweet and fully vegan. Glazed with agave syrup and full of spiced walnuts, they are a decadent, easy to make dessert.
I love making fluffy breads and when I can make them sweet and filled with walnuts, then I get a dessert which is perfect for any occasion. It's ideal for breakfast especially, much like my vegan Hokkaido bread. In fact, the base for the recipe is very similar, so you know to expect a delicious milky bread, filled with incredible spiced walnuts.
This is a simple dessert to make, but you do need a standing mixer with a hook attachment to achieve the right fluffiness. Of course, you can also knead it by hand but it will take quite some time so it may be tiring. Having said that, kneading dough is always a great exercise. And given the calories in these amazing walnut buns, you won't regret having exercised before eating them. :)
Walnut buns ingredients
As you might have guessed, I like making everything vegan. And that's because we have all the available ingredients on the market to make everything vegan, easy and cruelty-free. Including this delicious and fluffy dessert. You won't even believe it doesn't contain any dairy this is how great it actually is.
There are four aspects to the perfect walnut buns: the Tangzhong, the actual fluffy bread dough, the walnut filling and the glazing. So let's start and I promise, I will explain every single ingredient and what you need to make the most decadent walnut buns.
Tangzhong is an Asian technique for making softer yeast bread and rolls.
You will need just bread flour and oat milk. That's it!
Fluffy bread dough
Bread flour - I like to use flour 550 which is strong enough to make bread. I know some people prefer type 1050 and that works just as fine.
Caster sugar - This is to make the bread sweeter. I like to put just 1/4 cup of sugar in my walnut buns. But if you like sweet sweet bread, note that it may night feel like it's sweet enough for you. Feel free to double the amount to 1/2 cup of sugar.
Instant yeast - One single sachet of instant yeast is all you need. I recommend instant yeast as I never bake with fresh yeast and I cannot guarantee if that works for this recipe.
Oat milk - You can use any other non-dairy milk as well, including almond, soy, rice etc. But I really like the subtle sweetness in oat milk so that's always my non-dairy milk of choice.
Aquafaba - No eggs in this recipe, so aquafaba, or liquid gold as we like to call it, will be the perfect replacement for your eggs. It acts as a binder for this recipe. Not sure where to get aquafaba from? Simply buy a can of chickpeas and use the liquid from them. That's aquafaba!
Olive oil - I like using extra virgin olive oil but of course, you can use any vegetable oil you prefer. You can also use vegan butter as a replacement. It works just fine for this recipe.
Walnuts - I like to buy a packet of walnuts and chop them in my food processor.
Cinamon - Walnuts and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. Can we agree?
Nutmeg - I love nutmeg in anything that calls for spiced nuts.
Cardamon - This can be optional. I appreciate cardamon is hard to come by in some countries and it can be very expensive. I bought a small packet in the UK and I continue to use it after so many months. But you can skip this ingredient if there's no way to obtain it.
Agave Syrup - Any traditional sticky walnut bun recipe will ask for honey but again, we're sticking with vegan ingredients here. Any agave syrup or maple syrup will work perfectly for this recipe.
How to store the walnut buns
These walnut buns glazed with agave syrup are so delicious, you will eat them so fast, I promise. But if you want to pace yourself, then you can wrap them up in some aluminium foil and leave them on the kitchen counter for up to 3 days. They do go a little stale after that and ideally, you will eat them fresh to enjoy that gorgeous fluffy interior.
You can transport them to work with you in an air-tight container.
That's it! You are now ready to make this delicious dessert and enjoy vegan sticky walnut buns whenever you fancy them.
Are you ready to make the best walnut buns glazed with agave syrup? Let's go!
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.