I nearly called these New Year Buns instead of Morning Buns because it has taken me about nine months to perfect the vision of this recipe that I had in my head.
My bestie and I have been searching for the perfect Morning Bun on every getaway we’ve been on for quite some time. In our heads were layers of flaky, buttery pastry with a custardy centre that was rich with the flavours of orange and cardamom and while we’ve had some good ones (and some really sad ones) we never found “the one”.
Because I am who I am, I tried to make them myself but they were too dry, too hard, too soft, too bready, too…*sigh*
This pastry recipe, however, is like a miracle, it’s light and flaky but still soft and pliable – like you spent hours laminating croissant dough…but you didn’t.
Infusing a custard with orange and cardamom is the perfect filling to give maximum flavour and decadent texture contrasts.
In short, I FINALLY NAILED IT!
I baked these on New Year’s Eve and was determined that love, friendship, perseverance and triumph would be the energy that I was bringing into the new year.