Prep time:Including 2 hrs proofing time
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
- 500g (1lb) plain flour
- ½ level tsp salt
- 60g (2oz) butter
- 90g (3oz) caster sugar
- 1 x 7g sachet easy-bake dried yeast (¾oz fresh yeast)
- 2 medium eggs
- Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
- 225ml (7½fl oz) milk, warmed (tepid)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1½ hrs.
- 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.
- Set the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7.
- When buns have risen nicely, bake them for 10 mins, then turn the oven down to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C 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.
- 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
- 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.