Kimbula Banis (කිබුලා බනිස් / Kibula Buns)

Prep Time: 1 Hr 40 Min    |   Cook Time: 20 Min    |   Ready In: 2 Hr

"As the name suggest 'Kimbula Banis' in Sinhala language means 'crocodile buns' or at least shaped as the animal itself. Kimbula buns are loved by almost everyone in Sri Lanka as a breakfast or a late-afternoon snack. Who would say no to a warm kimbula banis with a hot Ceylon tea... any one?"



For activate the yeast

7 Grams Yeast
1 Tablespoon Sugar
5 Tablespoon Milk (Lukewarm)

For the dough

400 Grams Plain flour
165 Millilitre Milk
1 Medium Egg
50 Grams Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
65 Grams Butter

For sugar coating

5 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Sugar
50 Grams sugar (to sprinkle)


To activate the yeast

Step 1
Add yeast and sugar into a small bowl then add lukewarm milk & give it a gentle stir and set a side for about 5 minutes until yeast activate (form and bubble up).

To make the dough

Step 2
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Step 3
Once its get start to clump, mix well by using hand to get rid of any lumps. Transfer the dough onto a flat surface. Knead gently until the dough is silky and elastic for about 15 minutes.
Step 4
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Step 5
When the dough is ready, remove the cling film cover. Use your fist to punch it down, to eliminate any air bubbles. Transfer the dough onto a flat surface. Then roll the dough into a single roll &amp; cut into to 4 pieces.
Step 6
Take one piece of dough and shape it into a ball. By using a wooden dough roller shape the dough into a flat thin sheet (about 2mm thick) then cut into a wide triangle shape. Gently roll it down from the long edge towards the corner of the triangle. Place it in a lined baking tray.
Step 7
Repeat these cut and rolling steps with rest of dough pieces (you can also try a small version). You can also use the off-cut trimmings by coalesce them into a ball and repeat the rolling process.
Step 8
Place them in a lined baking tray and cover it with a cling film. Let the bun rise for about 30 minutes. Once the buns are risen take off the cling film.

To make the sugar coating

Step 9
Add sugar into 3 tablespoons of water and stir till sugar granules dissolves. Apply the sugar water coating on top and sides of the buns by using a brush. Sprinkle sugar over the buns generously.
Step 10
Place the baking tray in the middle section of a pre heated oven at 200 C. Bake them for about 20 minutes until buns get light golden brown colour. Take them out of the oven & rest them for about 10 minutes before serve. Enjoy !

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