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 A delightful mini bun with coloured icing on top. sweet bun topped with pink and white icing
Makes: 12
Prep time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins
Total time: 2 hrs 55 mins
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)


For the icing:

    • 175g (6oz) icing sugar


    • 1 tsp lemon juice


    • Pink food colouring, optional


    • Large baking sheet, buttered






    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.


    1. 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.


    1. 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.


    1. Set the oven to 220°C/Gas Mark 7.


    1. 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.


    1. 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



fat 6.5g saturates 3.5g calories 293(kcal)


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.