Maritozzi Con La Panna (Roman Cream Buns)

As I might have mentioned in a couple of places, I am not very good at baking stuff that involves yeast. But that doesnt mean that I dont enjoy baking breads or other yeasted delights. I very much wish to be good at it. So in the pursuit of acheiving greatness (ahem!) in bread baking, I had joined Aparna’s We Knead To Bake group on FB quite a while back. But being who I am, managed not to get involved or put in efforts into baking the monthly bread to fulfill what i had actually joined the group for and became a silent spectator of all the different breads she would post every month. I did bake a couple of breads but didnt write a post about it. So here is my first blog post for the WKTB group.

So for the month of June, the chosen bread was Maritozzi Con La Panna or Roman Cream Buns. Fancy name huh? Don’t you wanna repeat the name over and over? They are originally soft buns speckled with toasted pine nuts, enriched with the addition of Orange zest, peels & juice and they are split and served with whipped cream. Maritozzi are typically had for breakfast in and around Rome. Imagine having whipped cream for breakfast!?! I would love to move to Rome just for this I would never have this in the morning..

Aparna’s recipeincludes raisins soaked in orange juice, candied orange peel and toasted pine nuts, all of which are used traditionally as mentioned, but I haven’t used them. I’m sure they aid in elevating these gorgeous buns to another level. Hopefully I will make them soon with these additions. I did however, replace the orange zest with some lemon zest. But the lemoney freshness didnt come through in the flavor, Maybe I should have added more. Just a point to remember- glaze the buns while they are hot, the moment they are out of the oven. I served these up with some coffee flavoured whipped cream. But unfortunately the whipped cream Gods were not with me that day and I didnt get stiff peaks with my whipping cream, but it tasted good, so what the heck, we had it just like that- it is cream after all 😛 You can also serve these buns without the cream or with some icing sugar dusted on top.. No matter how you eat it, they are so soft and yumm, you might not stop with one 🙂


Recipe adapted from:Aparna Balasubramanian
Reference Video link (In Italian but helpful) – Youtube


For the Buns:
Instant Yeast – 1 & 1/2 Tsp
Warm Milk – 1/2 Cup
All Purpose Flour – 1 & 3/4 Cup (Extra for dusting)
Sugar – 1/4 Cup
Egg – 1
Butter – 50g, at room temp
Vanilla Extract – 1/2 Tsp
A Pinch of Salt

For the Glaze:
Water – 3 Tblsp
Sugar – 3 Tblsp

For the Filling:
Whipped Cream


Mix the yeast, warm milk, 1 Tsp of the sugar and 1/2 Cup of the flour in a large bowl to create a smooth paste (The milk should be warm to touch- neither too hot- it might kill the yeast, nor lukewarm- the yeast might not get activated. So the temperature is very important). This is known as the starter. Set it aside for half an hour.

Starter- Before & After

The starter would have risen a bit and you will notice a lot of bubbles- as shown above in the pic on the right.
Take this starter, 1 cup of flour, salt, the egg, remaining sugar, butter and vanilla extract in the bowl of your stand mixer or processor and knead until the dough is soft, smooth and not sticky.
Add the remaining 1/4 cup of flour (or more liquid) ONLY if required to bring the dough to this consistency.
You can also do this by hand. Knead for about 10 mins, you will feel the dough transform under your hands.
Dust a large bowl with some flour and keep the dough in it. Loosely cover it and let it rise for 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours.

Dough Proofing- Before & After

When the time is up, the dough should have doubled in size. Take it out and lightly knead the dough. Divide it into 6-8 equal portions. (I got 7).

I don’t know how else to explain the shaping, so I am quoting from Aparna’s recipe here: Roll each into a smooth ball and then flatten it out into a circle with your fingers. Roll up the circle, jelly/ Swiss roll style and seal the seam. Shape into an oval ad pace on a lined baking sheet leaving enough space between the rolls for them to expand when they rise. 
Again, loosely cover them and set aside for 1/2 an hour for the 2nd rise.
I gave the rolls a milk wash before popping them into the oven- just to get a nice color, though the recipe doesn’t require it to be done.
Preheat your oven to 180*C and bake the buns for 15-20 mins or until the buns are golden brown on top and bottom.
While they are baking, make the sugar syrup by bringing the sugar & water to a boil in a saucepan, until the sugar dissolves.
Once the buns are out of the oven, immediately brush the syrup on top of each bun. 
Let it cool completely. When you serve, take a knife and slit the buns right at the centre but not all the way thorough and fill them up with some delicious whipped cream. Alternately, sprinkle some icing sugar on top of the buns and have them plain. 
Great with a cup of coffee or tea 🙂
Hoping to tackle Yeast the Beast as the months go on.. Bye for now 🙂
Happy Baking..

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