Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Belgian Buns

It's Wednesday which means it's baking day without the 'help' of The Sweetpeas. Today I opted to go for Belgain Buns. I am quite addicted to them and I simply cannot walk past a bakery without the urge to empty of pocket of change and buy as many as I can.

I found a recipe on a blog that I love to visit and set about giving them a go myself. (Take a peek over on that blog if you want to drool over this recipe or some of her other delicious bakes.)


450g Strong white bread flour
7g sachet fast-action yeast
1 tsp salt
50g caster sugar
50g melted butter
2 large eggs
150ml milk
3 tbsp lemon curd (if you like it)
175g sultanas
100g icing sugar
2 tsp hot water
Glace cherries for the top .... COMPULSORY in my opinion.

Method .... if there is such a thing in my madness

Mix together flour, yeast,salt and caster sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle.

Beat the eggs and add to the well. Fill that well up then with milk and the butter.

Mix it to form a sticky dough which will make you start to panic that you've not done something right.

OPTIONAL ~ Answer the door to the postman who has a heap of parcels. Get dough all over his machine whilst signing for them and apologise profusely.

Put dough onto lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until it goes all smooth and elastic. Consider this your workout done for the day.

Place into oiled bowl and leave somewhere warm until it's doubled in size. (about an hour.) I put it in my airing cupboard. REMEMBER what a good hiding place that would be next time I pay hide-and-seek with the children.

Turn out dough and knead again until smooth and elastic once more.

Roll out into a rectangle (ish!)  shape.

 I don't own a rolling pin so I used a bottle of Port. (I don't drink so no idea how that materialised in my house!)

I added a layer of lemon curd onto it and then sprinkled on 175g sultanas.

Roll the dough up from longest side..

Cut into equal portions and put onto greased baking trays. (I bought myself a silicone baking sheet which I love using for everything.) I did 15 as wanted slightly smaller buns.

Cover with cling film and leave again in your new hide-and-seek warm place until double the size. (About 30 mins) Mine never 'grew' that much and I couldn't be bothered waiting anymore.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. The base will sound hollow when tapped.

Put onto a wire rack to cool.  

Mix together icing sugar and warm water to make a lovely icing. Spoon over the cooled buns and ...

......stick the cherry on the top of each one.

Verdict from The Sweetpeas ~ "These are amazing."

avoiding the washing up and making Belgian Buns.


  1. These are one of those things I always find myself pondering over how they are made! Thanks for enlightening me :)

  2. I love your 'rolling pin'. I'm not keen on baking but your buns do look delicious :-)

  3. They look delicious, especially with the cherry on top!


  4. These look amazing! I agree with you, definitely need the cherry on top!

  5. oh wow i used to be in love with these things wen i was littl they lok amzing

  6. These look so yummy. I want one right now with a cup of tea x

  7. I love belgium buns but never made them at home, you make them sound so easy I will book mark recipe and try.

  8. yummy... love belgian buns!

  9. Can't believe you don't have a rolling pin! One of my favourite kitchen items :) these do look yummy! x

  10. Oh yum - I have to admit I love a Belgian Bun as a treat. x

  11. Yum Yum Yum!! They look amazing! And I'm so with you, there has to be a glace cherry on top!

  12. Ooh they look amazing, what a treat! A far better alternative to the washing up too - and they've definitely gone down well!

  13. Put the kettle on I'll be round in ten! These look fab x

  14. I would love to do more baking as I too can not walk past a Belgian Bun. They really do look delicious and I bet your home smelt utterly delicious

  15. Ooh I always wondered how to make these and now I know, they look super tasty! x

  16. yum! I've never attempted to make these but they look fab! x

  17. So yummy! I love baking these. I saw them baked on the great british bakeoff and had to make them! They are a fav in this house :) x

  18. I love belgium buns but have never made any. On my cooking list now

  19. Oh my goodness Emily. They look delicious. I love recipe blog posts because I get loads of ideas for yummy teats to bake. Thanks for linking up via #GoldenOldies

    1. Thank you so much for your link up idea! It's fab :) #GoldenOldies

  20. They look gorgeous. I used to use a bottle to roll with - far better full than empty! :D

  21. My husband would love these! Great recipe and I also love the humour that comes across in your post :-) #GoldenOldies

  22. One of my favourite kinds of sweet treat. These look great!

  23. So can anyone tell me the difference between a Belgian Bun and a Chelsea Bun? Actually who cares - they'll both taste good what-ever they are called!

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