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Christmas Pudding Buns


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  • For the dough
  • 400 g strong white bread flour
  • 7 g sachet of dried fast action yeast
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 250 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • melted
  • 1 large free range egg
  • oil for kneading
  • For the filling
  • 1.5 tightly packed cups of sultanas (or a mixture or currants
  • raisins and sultanas)
  • 5 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 100 g mixed citrus peel
  • 100 g glace cherries
  • chopped into quarters at least
  • 1 handful flaked blanched almonds


Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget


Step 1

The night before you want to bake these 'Christmas pudding' buns combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and citrus zest in a bowl. In another bowl or jug whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter. (It's really important that you use another jug for the wet ingredients in order to cool the melted butter down so you don't kill your yeast!!)

Step 2

Pour the whisked wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir it all into a craggy mess. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to rise in the fridge over night.

Step 3

In another bowl combine the sultanas (and other dried vine fruits if using them), lemon juice, demerara sugar and spices. Cover with clingfilm and leave at room temperature over night so the sultanas plump up a little.

Step 4

The next morning lightly oil your work surface and tip the dough onto it. Knead lightly until the dough comes together nicely and roll it out into a 25 x 50 cm rectangle approximately.

Step 5

Distribute the spiced, lemony sultanas over the dough along with the citrus peel and glace cherries. Sprinkle a handful of flaked, blanched almonds over the fruit.

Step 6

Roll the dough up into a super long log (so that the shorter sides make the spiral shape) and cut the log into 10 - 12 rolls. Squish the rolls together, filling side up, in a large, round non-stick baking pan.

Step 7

Bake at 180 degrees C for 30- 35 minutes, until the tops have crisped up and are golden brown.

Step 8

Smother in extra thick brandy sauce and serve to friends and family!!

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