SWEET STIFF STARTER:
30g sourdough starter (maintained with water and flour, without dairy)
100g all-purpose flour
10g vegan-friendly sugar
All of the Sweet Stiff Starter
250g bread flour or all-purpose flour (vegan-friendly)
2 flaxseed eggs (2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water, let sit for a few minutes to thicken)
120g plant-based milk (such as almond milk or soy milk)
45g vegan-friendly sugar
45g vegan butter or margarine
CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
250g vegan cream cheese alternative
50g vegan-friendly sugar
15g cornflour or all-purpose flour
20g plant-based milk
Zest of 1/2 lemon
A pinch of salt (optional)
In a mixing bowl, prepare the Sweet Stiff Starter by combining the sourdough starter, water, all-purpose flour, and vegan-friendly sugar. Mix until well combined. Cover and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or until it becomes bubbly and active.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the Sweet Stiff Starter, bread flour or all-purpose flour, flaxseed eggs, plant-based milk, vegan-friendly sugar, and salt. Knead the dough until it becomes strong and fairly elastic.
Gradually add the vegan butter or margarine in small cubes to the dough, kneading until the dough reaches the window-pane stage. This means the dough is smooth and elastic and can be stretched without tearing.
Let the dough rest in a covered bowl until it doubles in size. This may take a few hours.
Once the dough has doubled, divide it into equal portions of your desired size (e.g., 90g each) and roll them into smooth and tight balls. Place them on a baking sheet, cover, and let them proof until they double in size again.
Lightly oil the base of a small cup and use it to create an indentation in the middle of each dough ball.
Preheat your oven to 185°C (365°F).
Brush the surface of the buns with a plant-based egg wash (you can use a mixture of plant-based milk and a bit of maple syrup or agave nectar for a golden finish).
In a separate bowl, prepare the vegan cream cheese filling by mixing the vegan cream cheese alternative, vegan-friendly sugar, cornflour or all-purpose flour, plant-based milk, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt (if desired).
Pipe the vegan cream cheese filling into the indentation of each bun.
Add your favorite vegan-friendly fruit on top of the cream cheese filling. Blueberries, strawberries, or apples are great options.
Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Enjoy the delightful aroma and the delicious Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake Brioche Buns!