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Tuzex buns

Thanks to humorous commentary and nostalgic euphoria sparked by the look on Tuzex shop wodka used in this recipe I could not otherwise than rename these buns on Tuzex buns. This fact, however, it does not change the fact, that the recipe comes from Sweden. Just as Tuzex buns are they more “Slovak”.

Preparation time 20 minutes .. Rising 60 + 30 minutes .. Baking 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS .. 32-40 pcs

  • 950 g flour
  • 150 g fine custard suiker
  • 14 g dried yeast or 50 g fresh
  • 200 g butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 135 g honey
  • 500 ml whole milk
  • 0,8 g saffron
  • 1 tsp wodka
  • Crimson pink rasins for garnish
  • 1 beaten egg


In a medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt and dried yeast (fresh yeast you add the moisture). Mix well together.

Heat the butter with the honey is melted in a small pan until the butter. Now add the milk (I used quiet half whole milk) and cook to about 37°C.

Meanwhile consternation to the saffron powder, mix will be with a little sugar and add the vodka resolved to him and aroma of saffron comes up. Now add the saffron-vodka in the milk, mix well and add to the flour.

Mix and knead until smooth and elastic dough. Deg with a towel and let the dough rise in a warm place him an hour.

Knead the dough just after rising, divide into quarters and each quarter divide further into 8-10 pieces. Make each piece a sausage of 1.5 cm thick and 15 cm long and turn them into a letter “S”.

Place the buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or bakfolie and let rise for another 30 minutes. Then brush with beaten egg and work to your liking with raisins off.

Bake 10 minutes or until dark golden. Let cool on a wire rack.

For non Slovak I have to explain: In times of cold war between the West and the East wa had special shops for a few rich and communist friends called Tuzex, where you could buy exclusive products even from the West production with special bins called “bony”. And everybody who wanted a perfect quality alcohol for their celebrations, jeans or whatever else had to find someone to get “bony” to be able to buy there.

As each cakes and breads of risen dough, these buns are also suitable for being frozen and defrosted back.

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