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Penny Buns

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"These tender and fragrant buns will please your family and charm your guests. You may substitute your favorite chopped dried fruit for the candied fruit if you wish."
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2 h 30 m servings 272
Original recipe yields 12 servings (12 rolls)


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  1. In a small bowl, combine warm milk and water. Stir in yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar . Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast mixture and egg until the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  3. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in the fruit. Divide the dough into twelve equal pieces and form into rounds. Place the rounds on two lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  4. Brush rolls with milk and bake in preheated oven. While rolls bake, dissolve sugar in hot water. After rolls have baked for 20 minutes remove from oven and brush with water/sugar glaze. Return rolls to oven for 1 to 2 minutes to harden. Move to a wire rack to cool.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 272 calories; 5.6 47.9 7.6 30 141 Full nutrition

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These are great! A little time consuming (but that is the nature of bread baking). I have 2 small sons, so I made 18 smaller rolls, it cut cooking time down to just over 15 minutes. The house...

This is a fabulous recipe. I was desperate for a good hot cross bun recipe to make at Easter and this worked really well. I changed some of the ingredients and method slightly to suit - I omit...

The buns came out huge and beautiful looking but taste wise, they were bland. I guess I expected them to turn out sweeter. Maybe next time I'll add more sugar.

I thought the dough could be a little sweeter but my husband thought it was perfect, so there you go. I used a combination of dried and candied fruit. The texture is spot on. We both agreed t...