Recipe: Finger buns are simple and delicious
JUST milk bread studded with sultanas, topped with pink icing and finished with coconut - it's the simplicity that gives the finger bun its appeal.
- 375g strong bread or pizza flour, plus extra to dust
- 2 tbs caster (superfine) sugar
- 60g sultanas (golden raisins)
- 7g dried yeast, 1/2 tsp salt
- 200ml milk
- 40g butter, cubed
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract or essenc
- melted butter to grease
- 185g pure icing (confectioners') sugar
- 5 tsp water
- pink food colouring (about 3 drops)
- 2 tbs desiccated coconut, to sprinkle
METHOD: To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, sultanas, yeast and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Combine the milk and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the butter has melted and the milk is lukewarm. Remove from the heat. Whisk one of the eggs with the vanilla and add to the butter and milk mixture. Whisk to combine. Add to the flour mixture. Use a wooden spoon and then your hands to mix to a soft dough.
Turn the dough on to a lightly floured bench top and knead for 8-10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic and springs back when you push your finger into it.
Brush a large bowl with melted butter, to grease. Add the dough, turning it to coat lightly with the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
When the dough has doubled in size, knock it back by punching it in the centre with your fist. Turn on to a lightly floured bench top and knead for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a long oval shape about 12cm long and 3cm wide in the centre, and place on the lined trays, leaving about 5cm (2 in) between them. Cover with a slightly damp tea towel (dish towel) and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes or until well risen.
Whisk the second egg and brush the rolls with it to glaze. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, swapping the trays halfway through baking, or until the buns are golden and sound hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To make the topping, sift the icing sugar into a medium bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the water and mix to a very thick pouring consistency. Add 2-3 drops of pink food colouring to tint the icing. Spread the cooled finger buns with the icing, allowing it to drizzle down the sides. Sprinkle with the coconut and set aside for 20 minutes for the icing to set before serving.
Recipes and images from BakeClass by Anneka Manning (Murdoch Books).