Iced buns

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Iced buns
Iced buns
  • Makes: 12

  • Prep time:

    Including 2 hrs proofing time
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe Love iced buns? Why not make your own. This recipe was first published in Woman's Weekly in June 1956 and is a delight with its soft and sweet bun topped with pink and white icing


  • 500g (1lb) plain flour
  • level tsp salt
  • 60g (2oz) butter
  • 90g (3oz) caster sugar
  • 1 x 7g sachet easy-bake dried yeast (oz fresh yeast)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 225ml (7fl oz) milk, warmed (tepid)
For the icing:
  • 175g (6oz) icing sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pink food colouring, optional
  • Large baking sheet, buttered

It's a soft batter you beat with your hands.


  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Warm it in a low oven for a few mins or in the microwave on High for 30 secs. Rub in the butter, then stir in the sugar and dried yeast. Make a well in the centre. Beat the eggs with the lemon rind, add the milk and pour into the dry ingredients.
  2. Using your hands, work in the flour to a soft, elastic dough (almost like a very thick batter), then beat it with your hand for 10 mins. Or make the dough in an electric mixer with a dough hook. Cover the dough with a damp cloth, or cling film, and leave in warm place until doubled in size. This could take about 1 hrs.
  3. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and divide into 12. Form each piece into a long bun by kneading it, then rolling it on the surface with your hands lightly. Place buns spaced apart in 2 rows on the baking sheet. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and put in a warm place to rise. This could take 30 mins.
  4. Set the oven to 220C/Gas Mark 7.
  5. When buns have risen nicely, bake them for 10 mins, then turn the oven down to Gas Mark 5 or 190C and bake for 2-3 mins. The buns should rise a lot, and be touching each other when baked. Put on a wire rack to cool.
  6. To ice the buns: Mix the sifted icing sugar to a thick, smooth icing with the lemon juice and 4-5 teaspoons water. Break the buns apart and spoon the icing over them using a dessertspoon. Ice half of them white, then add a few drops of pink food colouring to the rest of the icing and ice the rest of the buns

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 293(kcal)
  • Fat 6.5g
  • Saturates 3.5g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Fox Socks

Perfect buns from this recipe, though I skipped most of the lemon as it seemed a bit excessive. Thank you x


Use a machine for beating as it's really hard work with your hands! I am a professional cook/baker and when making these at home, even I found it strenuous to do this for 10 mins. Will give another update when buns are complete.


Mine set for about 5 hours!!!!!! You should work on your time method you idiot!!!!!

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