London Bun

    2 hours 20 minutes

    I love a London bun sliced and with some fresh butter. I had always bought them from the bakery until I came upon this recipe that works every time.


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    Serves: 10 

    • Bun
    • 2 (7g) packets of dry yeast
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 cup warm milk
    • 4 cups plain flour
    • 80g butter
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 egg, lightly whisked
    • 1 cup mixed dried fruit
    • 1/2 cup coconut
    • Glaze
    • 1/4 cup apricot jam
    • 2 teaspoons water
    • Icing
    • 1 cup icing sugar
    • 20g butter
    • 2 teaspoons water

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:1hour30min rising  ›  Ready in:2hours20min 

    1. Combine the yeast, sugar, honey and milk then whisk until the yeast is dissolved. Cover bowl and stand in a warm place about 10 minutes or until the mixture is frothy.
    2. Sift the flour into a bowl then rub in the butter. Stir in the yeast mixture, water, vanilla, egg and mixed fruit, lightly kneading until dough has doubled in size.
    3. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. Divide into 2 equal portions then knead gently into 2 round buns. Place the buns on a greased tray about 5cm apart and cover with plastic wrap. Stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes or until buns are well risen.
    4. In a microwave proof bowl combine the jam and water until the jam is soft and can be well combined with the water.
    5. Bake the London buns for 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C.
    6. When the buns are cooked transfer them to a cooling rack and immediately brush with the glaze and leave to cool.
    7. Sift the icing into a small heatproof bowl then stir in the melted butter and enough water to make a thick paste. Place the bowl in a larger bowl of hot water until the icing thins out and becomes spreadable. Spread the icing on the buns and sprinkle with coconut.

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