Why have I never thought of baking Yum Yums before? My daughter loves them and fancied a treat, so we searched for a recipe and decided to give it a go. This is our first attempt, so they’re not very even in size / shape, but we really enjoyed making and they tasted AMAZING!
We actually ended up changing the original recipe we found as yeast was still in short supply and I didn’t want to use two packets for one treat (I know, mean right!). We proved them for a little longer than the original recipe asked for, but only used half the yeast. Win!
They use a technique called laminating to layer the butter through the dough and help achieve that classic yum yum texture. This makes the beginning step super easy as you hardly have to rub the butter in at all, just enough to coat it in flour.
If you want a slightly different take, add some lemon juice to the icing sugar to create a lemon yum yum, or coating in caramel (ooo, or salted caramel?) sauce instead. Not the fastest bake, but if you have time to make them they are definitely worth the wait.
In fact…they didn’t last much longer than this photo and were readily inhaled by my family after waiting so patiently for them to prove.
Luckily, my Dad managed to find yeast in stock, so ordered two boxes so we now have LOTS more yeast, which can only mean one thing…More baking!
- 300 g Bread flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 7 g Dried yeast
- 20 g Sugar
- 50 g Butter cut into pieces
- 150 ml Water tepid
- 1 Egg
- 125 g Icing Sugar
- 2 tbsp Water
Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl
Add the chopped butter and roughly combine using your hands until the butter is coated in flour
Pour the egg and water into the flour mix and knead together until all of the flour has been absorbed
Leave to prove for around 60 minutes, or until doubled in size
Laminate the dough – roll out into a rectangle shape and fold each end in towards the middle, then fold in half like a book. Repeat 3 – 4 times. Leave to prove again for 45 minutes
Roll out and cut yum yum shapes, Cut a slit in the middle and twist. Leave to prove for 30 minutes
While the yum yums are proving make the icing, mix together the icing sugar and water to a runny icing consistency
Heat vegetable oil to 170° and fry the yum yums for 1 – 2 minutes each side until golden
Paint on the icing with a pastry brush while the yum yums are still warm and leave them to cool before enjoying