Bun Sandwiches, 4 Ways

I love bakery buns, especially those from Iyengar’s Bakery. Not the buns with tutti-frooti or dry fruits and nuts in them, you know, but the plain and simple sweet ones.

I fancy myself a bun sandwich as a treat, now and then. I think these round and fluffy and cute buns are just the right size for me to experiment with different types of fillings. I like the mildly sweet flavour of these buns, too. Yes, yes, I know there’s always bread to make sandwiches with, but buns are great too!

Bun sandwiches are, I think, a nice way of jazzing up buns. They are perfect for breakfast or for a quick snack any time of the day, when you don’t mind eating a tad unhealthy and are feeling too lazy to really cook. And, like I was saying earlier, the number of things you can do with these buns is mind-boggling!

Here are four very simple ways to make bun sandwiches, each one more delectable than the other. Try them out, will you?

 Style 1 – Madurai Butter Bun

Butter bun is a simple, but lovely sweet treat commonly found in street-side push carts in Madurai. We tried this out on our recent trip to Madurai, and fell in love with it.

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Madurai-special butter bun

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1 sweet bun
  2. Unsalted butter, as required (I used Amul)
  3. Sugar, as required

Method:

  1. Cut the sweet bun into half, horizontally from the centre.
  2. Heat a thick dosa pan till water droplets dance on it.
  3. Spread a little unsalted butter on the top and bottom of the bun.
  4. Turn the heat down to low, and toast the bun on both sides. Toast it as little or as much as you want, ensuring that it doesn’t get burnt.
  5. Once done, spread a generous amount of unsalted butter in the centre of the bun, and sprinkle some sugar over it. Close the bun,
  6. Sprinkle some more sugar on top of the bun.
  7. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Traditionally, butter bun is made by spreading butter in the centre of the bun, after which it is toasted on a dosa tava. I, however, feel that the butter melts a bit too much if the bun is made this way. I prefer, instead, to first toast the bun and then spread butter inside it.

Style 2 – Jam & Cheese Bun Sandwich

The saltiness and beautiful texture of molten cheese merges with sweet-sour jam in this bun sandwich, to create a flavour bomb. This is the husband’s personal favourite.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 sweet bun
  2. Unsalted butter (I used Amul)
  3. Strawberry jam, as required (I used a home-made version)
  4. 1 slice of Go Cheese, Kacchi Keri flavour

Method:

  1. Cut the bun into two halves, horizontally from the centre.
  2. Spread strawberry jam on the inside of both halves of the bun. Use as much or as little jam as you want.
  3. Place the cheese slice on the bottom half of the bun, over the jam.
  4. Place the other half of the bun on top.
  5. Spread a little unsalted butter on both sides of the bun sandwich, and toast on a hot dosa tava.

Notes:

  1. You could use any kind of jam to make this sandwich. A sweet-sour jam like strawberry would go best, though.
  2. I felt the Kacchi Keri cheese went beautifully with the sweet and sour flavours of the jam. However, if you don’t have this particular flavour, you could use a plain cheese slice or grated processed cheese instead.

Style 3 – Spicy Chutney-Cheese Bun Sandwich

Of all the bun sandwiches I have made till date, this one remains my favourite. I absolutely love the spicy-salty-tangy flavours of this sandwich.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 sweet bun
  2. Salted butter, as required (I used Amul)
  3. Spicy green chutney, as required (Here’s how to make the chutney)
  4. 1 slice of Go Cheese, Kacchi Keri flavour

Method:

  1. Cut the bun into half, horizontally from the centre.
  2. Spread spicy green chutney on one half of the bun.
  3. Spread salted butter on the other half of the bun.
  4. Place the cheese slice on the bottom half of the bun, and close it with the other half.
  5. Toast the bun sandwich on a hot dosa tava, using a little more salted butter. Serve hot.

Notes:

The Kacchi Keri flavour of the cheese goes beautifully with the other ingredients in this sandwich. If you don’t have it, though, you could use a plain cheese slice or grated processed cheese instead.

Style 4 – Jalapeno Jam & Cheese Bun Sandwich

This is another beautiful variation of a bun sandwich – one that combines sweet and spicy flavours.

Jalapeno Jam & Cheese Bun Sandwich

Ingredients:

 

  1. 1 sweet bun
  2. Spicy-sweet jalapeno jam, as required (I used a home-made version)
  3. Plain cheese spread, as required (I used Amul)

Method:

  1. Cut the bun into two, horizontally from the centre.
  2. Spread some jalapeno jam on the inside of one half of the bun.
  3. Spread some cheese spread on the inside of the other half of the bun.
  4. Close the bun sandwich. Eat!

Notes:

  1. Any jam with hints of spiciness and sweetness in it would go well here.
  2. Toast it lightly if you want – we had this as is, without toasting.

You like? I hope you will try these bun sandwiches out too, and that you will love them just as much as we did!

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