The Best Currant Buns
The Currant buns have graced English tea trays for hundreds of years.  Reverend Samuel Wigley founded the Currant Bun Company in Southampton, Hampshire UK in the 17th century. Currant buns are closely related to the Hot Cross bun which predates the Chelsea bun (1733).
The Best Currant Buns
The Currant buns have graced English tea trays for hundreds of years.  Reverend Samuel Wigley founded the Currant Bun Company in Southampton, Hampshire UK in the 17th century. Currant buns are closely related to the Hot Cross bun which predates the Chelsea bun (1733).
Servings Prep Time
12currant buns 42minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Servings Prep Time
12currant buns 42minutes
Cook Time
15minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine warm water and 1 tbsp. of the sugar, sprinkle yeast over top. Let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, blend together remaining sugar, flour and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, and eggs. Stir in yeast mixture until combined.
  3. Make well in the dry ingredients; using a wooden spoon, stir in the yeast mixture until a soft dough forms. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead for 8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. If you are new to working with yeast doughs, aim for 10 -12 minutes to get the hang of it.
  4. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for 1 hour or until the doubled in bulk. If you can stick 2 fingers in the dough and the indentation remains, you are ready to proceed.
  5. Punch down; turn out onto floured surface; knead in currants. Shape into a 12-inch long log. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces.
  6. Roll pieces of dough into smooth, seamless balls. Place buns on greased baking sheet leaving about 2 inches between each bun. Cover loosely and let rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Bake in 400 F oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stir together icing sugar and water, brush over warm buns; let cool on rack.
Recipe Notes

The currant bun is also closely related to the Hot Cross bun which predates the Chelsea bun (1733).  This currant bun recipe can easily be transformed into hot cross buns by adding cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, raisins, and candied peel. You then drizzle a cross with icing sugar mixed with a little milk.  Hot cross buns are  traditionally served hot or toasted on Good Friday, the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion.

If you like to make a large batch of buns of various types in one go, check out my Granny’s sweet bun recipe.

 

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