Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Rum & Raisin Buns

I think decorating is like the sea. The ebb and the flow. The high tides and low tides. Of inspiration and of willingness. I'll binge in Homebase and Toast and scour the internet for the perfect dressing table mirror. Some days, I'll stare at the Ikea catalogue and then toddle off to make a cup of tea and play video games. If you're wallowing in wallpaper, tile and curtain samples, there is one thing you can do make it more interesting.

Jim and I have slowly been repairing and decorating the cottage. Ripping up carpets, laying wooden floors, fixing those dodgy DIY coverups from the last owners and painting.

But if you feel you are in an ebb, just grab some paint charts and laugh at the ridiculous names given to some paints.

They go from the obvious like Buttercup and Barely Beige to the downright crazy. Some of the best are Whisper of Rodeo Drive, Mizzle, Fluffy Bunny and Almost Oyster.

But there is one. One that stands out about all of the rest. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you:

Grandma's Refrigerator

Another problem is that you can run your finger across the paint charts and hit things like Rum & Raisin, and rather than sway me into buying brown paint, it just made me hungry.

Adapted from this recipe


600gr plain flour (plus a little more)
75gr butter
Pinch of salt
1 x 7gr sachet of easy blend dried yeast
250ml semi skimmed milk
70gr caster sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsp rum
3 eggs

130gr raisins
4tbsp rum
2tbsp boiling water
2tsbp melted butter
30gr caster sugar

Icing sugar for dusting


1, Sift the flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. Rub in the butter until fully combined and stir through the salt and yeast.
2, In a medium saucepan over a low heat, stir the milk and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved and it has come to a lukewarm consistency.
3, Pour this into the flour and using a dough hook attachment, combine together.
4, Add in the rum, vanilla extract and crack in the eggs.
5, Knead the dough for a couple of minutes, you're aiming for a smooth dough that isnt sticky to the touch so you might need to add in more flour at this point. Add it slowly, spoonful by spoonful. When you've banished the stickiness, knead for a few more minutes or until your dough is stretchy and elastic.
6, Remove the dough from the mixer and place in a bowl. Cover with clingfilm and pop somewhere warm for an hour or until the dough had doubled in size.
7, Whilst the dough is proving, you need to make the filling. Ideally, if you can soak the raisins with the rum and hot water overnight that would be awesome but I'm not the most organised so we'll go with popping the raisins, rum and hot water in a small saucepan and setting over a really low heat. Stir until the raisins have plumped up a bit but you still have a little liquid in the pan. Let this go completely cold.

8, Knock the dough back with your fist and roll into a 30cm squareish shape.
9, Brush with the melted bitter and sprinkled on the caster sugar. Spread the rum and raisin mix all over the dough and press it in lightly with your hands.
10, Roll the dough up, trim off the edges and cut into 10 rolls.
11, I baked mine off in two batches, I put seven of my rolls in an 10 inch round tin and the remaining three in a 7 inch round tin. If you want to bake them on the same day you make them then simply cover with clingfilm, leave to rise for 30 minutes and then bake at 190o/c for 20-25minutes. If you want soft, raisin studded buns for the morning, cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge. You can leave these for up to 24 hours. To bake from the fridge, leave to stand for 30minutes at room temperature before baking as above.
12, Leave to cool slightly before dusting with icing sugar.


  1. This is a mouthwatering recipe - I can't wait to give it a go. Great photos too!

    1. Thank you Louise, they were gorgeous for breakfast :)

  2. They look delicious, I bet they smelt lovely. Thanks for sharing the recipe x

    1. Thank you Miss Flash, they smelt amazing in the morning as they were baking. Perfect Sunday morning food!

  3. I know exactly what you mean about home improvements/decorating - Gl and I bought our house three years ago and have been slowly doing it up - shopping for things for the house is still my favourite kind of shopping and in fact I don't want the house to be completely finished because I hate the thought there's nothing else to buy or plan! Still we haven't even started on the garden yet so plenty more scope there...
    We haven't painted for a while so I'm rather out of the loop re the ridiculous names. Anyway, lovely blog post and your buns look fab!

    1. Thank you Katharine. I think it's nicer to do it slowly - taking your time to find the perfect pieces. I had to paint the bathroom when we moved in, it was the brightest shade of turquoise you could ever imagine and with the morning sunshine, it actually hurt our eyes! I painted it with four coats of "Off Deck" (which is magnolia..!).

  4. those scrolls look amazing. i have great respect for anyone who can work with yeast.

    1. Thank you, I'm a lazy bread maker but sweet rolls and doughnuts really catch my interest!

  5. Ok, you're clever! I could NEVER do this!! the buns are gorgeous!! I'm so hungry just looking at the pictures!
    Mary x

  6. These are so pretty. I recently made buns like this for the first time and they looked nowhere near as neat as yours!