Lemon iced buns

Lemon iced buns

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  • 250g/9oz strong white flour sifted
  • 250g/9oz plain flour sifted
  • 125ml/4fl oz warm water
  • 125m/4fl oz warm milk
  • 1 x 7g/¼oz sachet fact-action dried yeast
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 50g/2oz caster sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 50g/2oz butter, cut into cubes
  • vegetable oil, for greasing

For the icing

  • 50g/2oz icing sugar sifted
  • ½ lemon, juice only


  1. Place the flour, water, milk, yeast, salt, sugar, and lemon zest into a large bowl and mix with a fork until combined.

  2. Add the beaten egg and butter and continue to mix until the mixture comes together as a sticky dough.

  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for five minutes.

  4. Lightly oil a bowl with a little vegetable oil.

  5. Place the dough into the bowl and turn until it is covered in the oil.

  6. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside in a warm place for one hour.

  7. Lightly grease two baking trays.

  8. Knock the dough back to its original size and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.

  9. Divide the dough into eight portions, shape them into rounds, and place them onto the baking trays. Ensure the rolls are well-spaced.

  10. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to prove for 30 minutes.

  11. Before continuing this dish, preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.

  12. Bake the buns in the oven for 25 minutes.

  13. Remove the buns from the oven and set them aside to cool on a wire rack.

  14. Meanwhile, for the icing, mix the icing sugar and lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth.

  15. Once the buns have completely cooled, spread the icing on top of them and set them aside until the icing has hardened.

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