Dilkush / Sweet Bun filled with Coconut and Dry fruits
Dilkush is a South Indian bun brought during the British Era. It is a distant cousin of mince pies or eccles cake. The bun is adapted to the Indian flavors it is mostly coconut filled and tastes delicious with a cup of tea.
Dilkush means happy heart or joy to the heart. Ideal for Valentine’s day if you are not a chocolate person. Well I have more reasons to celebrate cos after so many small and big hassles the blog finally found a new home which was painstakingly done by truly yours 🙂 So this is officially my first post from here. If you find something not working or any constructive change the blog needs please help me by writing to me.
I wanted to start with something nostalgic so here is a a filling sweet bun from the bygone era…
For the bun:
All purpose flour -2 1/2 cups
Sugar — 4tbsp (reduce to taste)
Vegetable oil – 1/4 cup
Milk -1/4 cup
/Instant Yeast – 1 tsp (Use fresh pack)
Warm water – 4 tbsp
Salt a pinch
For the filling:
Shredded coconut – 1 cup
Powdered cardamom – 1 tbsp
Powdered sugar-1 1/2 tbsp
Tutti fruitti – 1 1/2 tbsp
Candied cherry- 1 1/2 tbsp
Ghee – 1/2 tbsp
((Note: Reduce the amount of coconut and add any chopped nuts like cashew or almond )
For finishing glaze:
1 – Egg
1.Mix warm water and the yeast and keep it aside for it to bloom.
2-In the meantime beat the egg lightly then add the oil and milk beat until combined then add sugar and salt mix well then add the ap flour and yeast. Knead this into a soft dough, takes 3-4 minutes.
Keep this covered for 1 hour to rest. It will increase in size.
3. Mix everything given in the filling with your lovely hand.
4. Divide the dough into one big and one small portion.
5. Spread the small ball into a 1/4 inch thick disk on a lightly floured surface and transfer it onto a pizza or cookie sheet.
Beat the egg lightly and keep it ready
6. Spread the filling neatly in the center leaving the edges press the filling slightly. Brush the edges with the egg.
Now make a bigger disk with the larger portion off dough on the floured surface then carefully spread it over the filling and stick and press well to the egg brushed portion. So the bun does not open during baking.
7. Cover this with a large pot or cover so the bun can rest another 15 minutes.After that lightly brush the top of the bun with the egg wash so get the golden brown color.
8. In a preheated oven bake at 350 F for 25- 30 minutes. Cut into thick slices when it cools down.
Note: Remove the bun from the oven when the top is brown do not leave it for too long as the top will look burnt and it will become hard.