These are a throwback to my college days, the place we might cease by Percy Ingle or Greggs on the way in which dwelling and seize one thing candy – an iced bun, an apple slice or mini doughnuts (I’m a sucker for something glazed). The wonderful thing about these buns is that the apples keep crunchy on prime, contrasting with the tender texture of the bun. And, in fact, they’re completed with a drizzle of lemon icing, to offer them that old-school vibe.

Iced apple buns

Right here, I’ve paired a very easy bun dough with spiced brown sugar butter and apples.

Prep 1 hr 15 min
Show 2 hr+
Cook dinner 18 min
Makes 6

50ml entire milk
fast-action dried yeast
sturdy white flour
wonderful salt
25g unsalted butter
, softened
Oil, for greasing
1 crushed egg, for brushing

For the apples
80g unsalted butter, softened
40g darkish brown sugar
½ tsp floor cinnamon

180g braeburn apples, peeled, cored and minimize into 1cm cubes

For the icing
70g icing sugar combined with the juice of ½ lemon

Heat the milk and water very gently and slowly, so it’s heat to the contact. Sprinkle within the yeast, stir and put aside.

Combine the flour, sugar and salt within the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour the moist combine over the dry, and blend on a medium velocity with a dough hook for 10 minutes. Flip off the machine and canopy with a tea towel for 5 minutes.

Add the butter and blend on slow-medium velocity till included. Flip the machine as much as medium and blend and develop to offer the dough energy – it must be clean, silky and elastic.

Scoop out the dough on to a piece floor and form right into a clean ball. Pop into a big, flippantly greased bowl, cowl and go away to double in measurement for one and a half to 2 hours.

In the meantime, in a second massive bowl, combine the butter, darkish brown sugar and cinnamon till tender and properly mixed, then stir by way of the chopped apple.

Warmth the oven to 200C (180C fan)/fuel 6. When the dough has doubled in measurement, press it down and divide into 65g parts. Roll into balls and placed on baking trays, spacing them properly aside, so that they received’t contact one another when rising and baking (so, about three per small tray).

Flippantly oil the tops and canopy with a tea towel. After about 25 minutes, when the dough balls are puffy and lightweight, push down the middles, spoon 30-40g of the apple combination into every bun and press down gently. Gently brush the uncovered dough on every bun with crushed egg.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, till golden. The apples ought to soak up the butter combination and stay barely agency, but when any fall off throughout baking, spoon them again on. Go away to chill barely, then drizzle over the lemon icing. These are greatest eaten on the day they’re made.


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