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Ube Morning Buns on a serving dish.

Ube Morning Buns

These Ube Morning Buns are flaky bread dough filled with ube jam and finished with a coating of sugar and lots of shredded cheese.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Keyword ube buns
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
rise times for the dough 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 223kcal
Author sanna


For the Dough

  • 2 and 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk 105-115 F
  • 2 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp or 85 grams softened butter unsalted

For the Filling

  • 1 and 1/2 cups ube jam homemade or store bought*

For the Toppings/ Finishing

  • sugar for coating the buns
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in warm milk. Let the mixture stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy.
  • Combine flour and salt. Add the mixture gradually to the yeast mixture while stirring. Continue to stir until a dough forms and gathers at the center of the bowl.
  • Turn the dough over on a lightly floured board. Knead it until it is smooth. Shape it into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into a 12x8 inch rectangle. Dot dollops of softened butter in a single layer all over the dough. Fold the upper third of the dough over to the center, then fold the lower third up to create a business letter style fold. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the freezer and unwrap. With the short edge close to you, roll it once more to a 12x8 inch rectangle. Fold it again business letter style. Wrap it in plastic and chill in the freezer for another ten minutes.
  • Finally, remove the dough from the freezer and unwrap it. With the short edge close to you, roll the dough into an 8x14 inch rectangle. Spread the ube jam (ube halaya) all over the dough. 
  • Roll the long side of the dough towards the center to form a tight log up to the other side. Slice the dough into 14-16  one inch thick portions. Place each portion on greased 12-cup muffin pans. Cover the pan loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise for 45 minutes, or until puffy.
  •  Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake the buns at 375 F for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool slightly until easy to handle. Toss in sugar to coat. Top with shredded cheese.


Nutrition Facts
Ube Morning Buns
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 247mg11%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 6985IU140%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
You can use your own home made ube halaya or the store bought ones.
As always, leftover buns need to be kept in a tightly sealed container. It can be at room temperature for up to 2 days maximum.


Serving: 1bun | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6985IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.5mg