List of buns
This is a list of buns. A bun is a small, sometimes sweet, bread, or bread roll. Though they come in many shapes and sizes, they are most commonly hand-sized or smaller, with a round top and flat bottom.
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- Bánh bao – (literally "enveloping cake") is a ball-shaped bun containing pork or chicken meat, onions, eggs, mushrooms and vegetables, in Vietnamese cuisine
- Baozi – type of steamed, filled bun or bread-like (i.e. made with yeast) item in various Chinese cuisines, as there is much variation as to the fillings and the preparations
- Bath bun – rich, round sweet roll that has a lump of sugar baked in the bottom and more crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking
- Beef bun – type of Hong Kong pastry; one of the most standard pastries in Hong Kong and can also be found in most Chinatown bakery shops; has a ground beef filling, sometimes including pieces of onions
- Belgian bun – sweet bun containing sultanas and usually topped with fondant icing and half a glace cherry
- Blaa – dough-like, white bread bun (roll) speciality particularly associated with Waterford, Ireland; historically, the blaa is also believed to have been made in Kilkenny and Wexford
- Boston bun – large spiced bun with a thick layer of coconut icing, prevalent in Australia and New Zealand
- Bun kebab – of Pakistani origin, a spicy patty which is shallow-fried, onions, and chutney or raita in a hot dog bun
- Bunzahra – of Iraqi origin, short type of bun
- Cha siu bao – Cantonese barbecue-pork-filled bun (baozi); filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork
- Cheese bun – variety of small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls, a popular snack and breakfast food in Bolivia, Brazil (especially in the state of Minas Gerais), Paraguay and northern Argentina
- Chelsea bun – currant bun first created in the 18th century at the Bun House in Chelsea, an establishment favoured by Hanoverian royalty which was demolished in 1839
- Cinnamon bun – sweet roll served commonly in Northern Europe and North America; its main ingredients are dough, cinnamon, sugar, and butter, which provide a robust and sweet flavor
- Cocktail bun – Hong Kong-style sweet bun with a filling of shredded coconut; one of several iconic types of baked goods originating from Hong Kong
- Colston bun – named after Sir Edward Colston; made in the city of Bristol, England; composed of a yeast dough flavored with dried fruit, candied peel and sweet spices
- Cream bun – variations of cream buns exist all around the world; typically they are made with an enriched dough bread roll that is baked and cooled, then split and filled with cream
- Currant bun – sweet bun that contains currants or raisins; towards the end of the seventeenth century the Reverend Samuel Wigley founded the Currant Bun Company in Southampton, Hampshire UK
- Dampfnudel – white bread roll or sweet roll eaten as a meal or as a dessert in Germany and in France (Alsace); a typical dish in southern Germany
- Fruit bun – sweet roll made with fruit, fruit peel, spices and sometimes nuts; a tradition in Britain and former British colonies including Jamaica, Australia, Singapore, and India
- Ham and egg bun – Hong Kong pastry; a bun or bread that contains a sheet of egg and ham
- Hamburger bun – typically round buns designed to encase a hamburger; invented in 1916 by a fry cook named Walter Anderson, who co-founded White Castle in 1921
- Honey bun – sweet roll of American origin, somewhat similar to the cinnamon bun, that is popular in the southeast United States
- Hot cross bun – spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Canada, but now popular all year round
- Hot dog bun – soft bun shaped specifically to contain a hot dog or frankfurter
- London bun – finger-shaped or elongated bun made of rich yeast dough flavored with either currants or caraway seeds and topped with white sugar icing
- Lotus seed bun – Chinese sweet bun found in China, prepared by steaming a yeast-leavened dough that contains lotus seed paste
- Manchet or manchette – wheaten yeast bread of very good quality, or a small flat circular loaf of the same; small enough to be held in the hand; 'Lady Arundel's Manchet' is a speciality from the south of England.
- Mandarin roll – steamed bun originating from China; cooked by steaming; a food staple of Chinese cuisine which is similar to white bread in western cuisine
- Mantou – steamed bread or bun originating in China; typically eaten as a staple in northern parts of China where wheat, rather than rice, is grown
- Melonpan – sweet bun from Japan, also popular in Taiwan, China and Latin America; made from an enriched dough covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough
- Nikuman – made from flour dough, and filled with cooked ground pork or other ingredients; a kind of chūka man (中華まん lit. Chinese-style steamed bun) also known in English as pork buns
- Pan de muerto – Spanish for "Bread of the Dead"; also called "pan de los muertos"; a sweet roll traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to the Día de los Muertos, celebrated on November 1 and 2; a sweetened soft bread shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-like pieces
- Peanut butter bun – Hong Kong sweet bun also found in Chinatown bakery shops; it has layers of peanut butter filling, sometimes with light sprinkles of sugar mixed in for extra flavor
- Pets de sœurs – French Canadian sweet bun, similar in construction to a cinammon bun.
- Pebete – Argentine soft oval bun made of wheat flour with a thin brown crust, rather like a fatter hot dog roll
- Penny bun – or a penny loaf, was a small bread bun or loaf which cost one old penny at the time when there were 240 pence to the pound; it was a common size loaf of bread in England regulated by the Assize of Bread Act of 1266; the size of the loaf could vary depending on the prevailing cost of the flour used in the baking; a version of the nursery rhyme London Bridge Is Falling Down includes the line "build it up with penny loaves"
- Piggy bun – Hong Kong pastry that is essentially the equivalent of the French baguette; found in Hong Kong bakeries and Cha chaan teng; in Hong Kong, it is often cut in half and served with butter and condensed milk
- Pineapple bun – sweet bun predominantly popular in Hong Kong and Macau, though they are not uncommon in Chinatowns worldwide; although it is known as "pineapple bun", the traditional version contains no pineapple
- Pork chop bun – famous and popular snack in Macau, the "piggy bun" is crisp outside and soft inside; a freshly fried pork chop is filled into it
- Saffron bun – rich, spiced, yeast-leavened sweet bun, flavored with saffron and cinnamon or nutmeg, and contains currants, similar to a teacake
- Sally Lunn bun – enriched yeast bread associated with the city of Bath in the West Country of England
- Sausage bun – Hong Kong pastry, essentially the equivalent of pigs in a blanket; found in Hong Kong as well as in many bakeries in Chinatowns in western countries
- Semla – traditional sweet roll made in various forms in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway; associated with Lent and especially Shrove Monday and Shrove Tuesday; the oldest version of the semla was a plain bread bun, eaten in a bowl of warm milk; in Swedish this is known as hetvägg
- Siopao – Hokkien term for bāozi (包 子), literally meaning "steamed buns"; it has also been incorporated into Thai cuisine where it is called salapao (Thai: ซาลาเปา)
- Spiced bun – sweet bun to which spices are added; common examples are the hot cross bun and the Jamaican spiced bun
- Sticky bun – dessert or breakfast sweet roll that generally consists of rolled pieces of leavened dough, sometimes containing brown sugar or cinnamon, which are then compressed together to form a flat loaf corresponding to the size of the baking pan; they have been consumed since the Middle Ages, at which time cinnamon became more prominent
- Xiaolongbao – steamed bun from the Jiangnan region of China; fillings vary by region and usually include some meat and/or a gelatin-gelled aspic that becomes a soup when steamed
- Zeeuwse bolus – spiral shaped bun covered in dark brown sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon.
- Norwegian skillingsbolle, type of cinnamon bun
- An Austrian hot dog bun, with a sausage enclosed
- A sticky bun loaf
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