Weight Watchers prune buns recipe

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  • Weight Watchers
makes: 12
Skill: medium
Cost: cheap
Prep: 25 min
Cooking: 25 min

These sweet and sticky prune buns from Weight Watchers are delicious served warm, and are a real treat whether you’re watching your weight or not.


  • 350g (12 oz) plain flour, plus 1 tbsp for kneading and rolling
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 7g sachet active dried yeast
  • 30g (1¼ oz) low-fat polyunsaturated margarine
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) skimmed milk, warmed to body temperature
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 40g (1½ oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 200g (7 oz) dried prunes, chopped
  • Low-fat cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp clear honey, warmed


  • Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, stir in the yeast, then rub in half the margarine.

  • Make a well in the centre, then mix in the egg and enough warmed milk to make a soft, but not sticky, dough that comes away from the bowl.

  • Dust the work surface with a 1/2 tablespoon flour, turn the dough out and knead for 3-4 mins until soft and springy.

  • Return the dough to the bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 1andfrac12; hours or until doubled in size.

  • Sprinkle the remaining flour on to the work surface and roll out the dough to a 25 x 35 cm (10 x 14 inch) rectangle.

  • Melt the remaining margarine and brush all over the dough.

  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle on evenly. Scatter the prunes on top and press in lightly.

  • Starting from one of the long sides, roll up the dough tightly, then slice into 12 pieces. Transfer to a roasting tin, lightly sprayed with low fat cooking spray, which will hold the buns fairly snugly. Cover with clingfilm and leave to prove and swell for 30 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180ºC/fan oven 160ºC.

  • Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes until puffy, golden and springy. Remove from the oven and brush with the warmed honey. Serve slightly warm.

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