These heavenly cinnamon buns are soft and chewy, and oh-so buttery… but not too sweet. Perfect for breakfast or any time with a cup of tea or coffee. Mmmmm.
Watch my NEW, easy method on YouTube (only 15 minutes!)
Or my even easier “Quick Bulkas” on YouTube (only 2 minutes!)
Since my original blogpost/recipe and YouTube video in 2013, I’ve made them dozens of times and have simplified (and halved) the recipe so that anyone, anywhere can make them. You don’t even need a mixer.
If you’ve never used yeast, don’t be afraid! This is the perfect recipe to get you started. All you need is one packet (2 teaspoons) of Active Dry Yeast—or I like using SAF GOLD Instant Yeast which is great for sweet “enriched” doughs like this one. I purchase it on Amazon and store in the freezer.
But Orna… where did these mysterious yeast buns come from?
In South Africa, where I grew up, it was traditional to break the fast on Yom Kippur on a warm bulka. I’ve since heard from peeps in Australia, Canada, and Israel that have used my recipe to carry on their family tradition. (I’d love to hear from you too!)
Bulka or boolke means “bread” or “roll” in Russian. (I just learned that my friend’s mom called them milchike buns.) These special treats were passed down by Jewish grandmothers in Eastern Europe. My recipe was adapted from Bobba Skuy’s Bulkas in Es Mein Kind – recipes from the Liebenthal and Silber families. Thank you, dear Rita Blogg, for inspiring me and sharing your family recipe with me.
If you’re pressed for time you can form them into the more ubiquitous Cinnamon Rolls (see below), and even add raisins or sultanas (golden raisins), but to me this unique shape is way more special and fun to make—especially with kids.
This is my Signature Bake and my family’s favorite thing I make. I bet that if you start making them, they too will become your Signature Bake and everyone will beg you to make them again and again. ? (It’s a shame to only make them once a year!)
Please share this recipe and YouTube video with friends far and wide! (Especially South Africans who will get a taste of home ?)
As always, I would love to hear from you! Was the video helpful? Do you prefer my new method? Did they become your signature bake? ? ?
How to make easy Cinnamon Rolls/ Quick Bulkas by rolling up the dough jelly-roll style:
NEW 2-minute YouTube video (9/22/20): https://youtu.be/2l8_ueMw4ZA
Check out my other Signature Bake: Crunchies—traditional South African Oatmeal Cookie Bars
Make these often! They are soft and delish. Tried both instant and active dry yeast. Quick and overnight proofing. Results are great with both. I do prefer the quick rise however. Have made Orna’s folded shape and rolled up and cut into muffin tins. Both results are great. This recipe cannot fail.
Thanks so much for the feedback, Elise! (sorry for the delayed response)
Orna, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find this recipe! I’m also Saffer with parents and in-laws from Lithuania and Russia and had given up hope of ever finding a traditional recipe. Going to bake these as a treat for the family tomorrow at will let you know how it goes;). Again, thank you.
I’m so excited for you Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to write. ? Send me pics! Make sure to watch my YouTube video (above) for how to make them. ❤️