yield: 6 large buns
time: 5 hours
active time: 45 minutes
for the buns:
5 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 stick/8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 8 pieces
⅔ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp kosher salt
¾ cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
cream cheese frosting:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
½ lb cream cheese
¾ cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
Add milk, whole eggs, egg yolks, dry active yeast and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment. Mix for a minute, just to combine. Add flour, salt, and butter to the bowl and mix on medium until the dough comes together, about 2 minutes. Mix on low speed for another minute until dough is in a clean ball.
Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic. Rest in a warm place for 2-3 hours, until the dough is doubled in size.
While the dough rises, mix together brown sugar, India Spice and Cocoa Powder.
Once the dough is doubled, punch it down to deflate and dump it out onto a large clean cutting board. Roll the dough into a ¼ inch thick rectangle, with the longer side, parallel to your body. Sprinkle the filling on all of the dough, except an inch wide strip at the far end of the long side. This will help seal the rolled dough.
Roll the dough into a thick long ribbon, working away from you towards the bare strip of dough. It should be tight but not too tight that the dough tears.
Cut the two uneven ends off and discard. Cut the dough into 6 even rolls. Place on a parchment lined sheet tray, with a few inches between each bun. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise on the counter for another hour or in the refrigerator overnight.
For the Frosting:
While the dough rests for the final proof, make the frosting. Whip butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and add the powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Mix slowly to incorporate and then whip for 1 minute. Leave at room temperature until ready to use.
For the Buns:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes until deep golden brown.
Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before putting a dollop of cream cheese frosting on each bun, allowing it to melt a bit.