Alright, I may have declared them as “Jammy buns”, but as anyone with an IQ rivaling a chimp to the least would realize, is that there is indeed no jams in these “jammy buns”! What could be the possible scientific explanation behind this?
(Typical jammy buns)
Not a lot. I just don’t eat jams (and sugar, more explanation here: http://obsessivenutritioncompulsive.wordpress.com/about/), and therefore didn’t put any in. (It was extremely tempting to say hey there to the lonely strawberry jam sitting in fridge) but I had to remind myself that jams are basically mostly empty calories; especially jams i.e. strawberries, marmalade, where most of the nutrients i.e. vitamin C would’ve been destroyed through heating. I had to remind myself, you could be eating at least 2-3 strawberries instead of a tsp of this, and with all the fibre and nutrients!
I have reasons to believe jam buns may be traditional English (correct me if I’m wrong) as most websites which came up with the photos were .co.uk). FYI the typical jammy buns’ texture is similar to scones or breakfast biscuits.
My jammy buns may not be sweet or the softest in texture(have in mind, I had to omit one whole cup of sugar and egg from the recipe, hence not as fluffy as you may like!), but they are by no means inferior to our ’empty calorie’ breakfast buns. Filled with protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre, these buns are not only pretty good for you, but actually really deliciously wholesome too!
Have a look at the recipe for starters:
*organic milk and yoghurt can be used in place of soy milk and yoghurt.
Carrot + orange zest buns
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp mixed spices
1/2 cup soy milk
2 tbsp soy yoghurt
2 tbsp walnut pieces
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 tbsp orange zest (optional)
Mix all the dry ingredients except the walnuts, carrots and orange zest together in a large bowl. Stir in the soy yoghurt and lightly mix. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle of the mix, then pour in soy milk. Mix quickly to form a soft dough that isn’t sticky. Add more water if needed to form the dough. Knead 2-3 times in the bowl.
Form six dough balls on a baking tray lined with baking paper, or lightly dusted with flour.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius/375 degrees Fahrenheit.
*TIPS: So, when I made these buns, I must admit that I got a bit carried away with the kneading so they ended up a bit tough(Thinking they would fluff up like bread…) But that created an interesting texture too, slightly chewy.
kind of like a sweet foccacia bread or sourdough.
If you want a soft texture, I’d suggest you knead less than 4 times.
Also, for the softest texture use full-fat soy milk. The fat in soy milk helps moisturize(?) the buns.
Cross-section of the buns; you can expect the texture to be scone-like and wholemeal-y.
TASTE: If you’re a health-bake fan, you’ll love this bun. When you bite into it, you can just feel the crunchiness of oats, poppy seeds, spices and the walnuts which just pops in your mouth. The carrots helps add a veggie sweetness to the jammy buns(they were my jam equivalents!). The more soy milk, the better; they’d created this oily/fatty flavour that you normally get from super high-calorie cakes like carrot cakes or fudge cakes, which makes the buns taste like guilty treats when they really aren’t. For me, orange zest were the star with their dynamic, spicy flavour.
I couldn’t stop eating them! (Filled with trimming protein, good fats and fibre so didn’t mind the carb-consumption much). Nevertheless, I will PERFECT this recipe, as in much softer and fluffier, and get back to you on it!
CALORIES = Around 149 calories and 5.9 grams! of protein(mostly from the grains!) per bun. It isn’t super low calorie, which is impossible with ‘wheat/bake’ goods. 149-ish calories is equivalent to a large apple or banana.
Also, what you may be wondering is; why the strange carrots + walnuts + spices combination? That’s because I’m a real carrot cake fan, so whenever I bake a batch of healthy cakes, I HAVE to make them a reminiscent of carrot cakes!!
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