Little Buns with Vanilla Sauce „Buchtičky se šodo”

Sweet dishes for lunch are nothing unusual in the Czech Republic. These little buns with vanilla sauce are one of the most popular sweet dishes, especially among kids. This dish is quite often served in Austria and Germany as well, but there they are usually served only a few, using much bigger buns.

Buchtičky se šodo



  •  2 ¼ all-purpose flour
  • Flour for the work surface
  • 1/8 cup sugar - Powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1 tbs instant yeast
  • 1/8 cup soft butter
  • Melted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ grated lemon rind
  • Pinch of salt

For vanilla sauce:

  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 700ml of whole milk
  • 50ml of cream
  • 60g of sugar
  • 1-2 tsp of starch
  • 6 egg yolks

Prepare a sponge with lukewarm milk, yeast and 1/3 of the flour in a bowl. Dust with a little flour, cover with a cloth and leave it to rise in a warm place until double in size. Add the rest of the flour, egg yolks, sugar, lemon rind and a pinch of salt and knead it into a dough. Finally, work in the butter and cover with a cloth and leave to rise again. On a floured surface, roll the dough flat to about 1 inch. Cut out pieces about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, fold and close the edges tightly at the top. Dip each piece one by one in melted butter and place them closely side-by-side in a generously greased baking tray with the folded edge downward. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Separate them and serve sprinkled with powdered sugar. For the vanilla sauce, scrape vanilla beans from the pods. In a deeper pan, bring milk, cream, a half of the sugar, vanilla beans and starch to a boil. Turn off the stove and leave it to rest for about 15 minutes. Take the pan and put it into a “water bath”. Mix the egg yolks with the remaining sugar and gradually whisk yolks into the hot – but not boiling – milk. Mix it until you get a smooth creamy sauce. Put the baked buns on plates and pour the vanilla sauce over them.