There’s some bakes that are almost too simple to work but somehow they do. And not only that they are somewhat iconic. Iced Finger Buns are certainly one of those bakes!
A classic sweet dough, topped with a layer of icing; talk about the simple pleasures in life! But when it comes to the perfect mix of sweet and carbs, Iced Finger Buns have it nailed.
Always my first choice of treat from a bakery, it seemed fitting that I’d give baking them a go. Plus the kids love them too, so I knew they’d be a big hit with our entire household.
My personal favourite way to finish them is by dipping the just-iced buns in some desiccated coconut. The kids however love anything with a coloured icing (pink or yellow are the classics for iced buns) or with some sprinkles attached. And if you want to go all out glutton, slice the bun in half and fill with some fresh whipped cream! Suddenly a simple unassuming bun becomes the bake of your sugar-coated dreams.
Highly recommend trying out the iced buns. Easy to follow recipe and they taste divine!
Eagle-eyed readers may notice that I’ve used the same sweet dough that is in one of our most popular recipes; Cinnamon Buns. It is much sweeter than your standard yeast dough but surely we’ve all given up on the healthy eating New Years resolutions by now anyway…?
These Iced Finger Buns do take a bit of time to prepare, purely due to the rise times…but don’t let that put you off! They really are minimal effort, with maximum gain, with only the pain of waiting through in-between stages holding you back. And even then, that’s surely the perfect excuse to have a cuppa and maybe make a traybake or two while you wait?
Whatever milk you have to hand will work fine but if you are buying some just for this recipe, definitely opt for full fat…Lets not be doing things by halves!
The dough is definitely on the sweeter side and that is thanks to the sugar. You could change to Golden Caster Sugar for a more caramel-y taste, should you desire.
There’s a few options out there for yeast but easy is by far, well, the easiest! Plus it’s packaged in perfect amounts (you’ll need two sachets for this recipe).
Butter or Margarine
Either will do and it’s personal preference to which you choose. I opt for margarine as a way to omit the dairy but whatever you choose, just be sure it’s at room temperature before baking.
These will help your dough bind together and the yolks will give the dough that lovely golden colour. I don’t tend to stress to much about the size of eggs, as long as they’re free-range.
Plain Flour and Strong White Flour
The best of both worlds in this dough! Plain flour is a nice light flour which lends itself well to the texture of these Iced Finger Buns. But the combination of strong white flour and it’s additional gluten helps to maintain the real doughy consistency.
Without this, we’d just have some plain, sad looking buns. Add some colour, top with sprinkles…whatever your heart (and sweet tooth!) desires!
Iced Fingers are perfect for:
• Community coffee mornings.
• Indulgent occasion breakfasts.
• Kids birthday parties.
• Learning to bake with Yeast.
- In a small pan warm the milk until it's just past lukewarm. Pour the milk into a large bowl.
- Add the sugar and yeast to the milk and gently stir with a spoon until the sugar has dissolved. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the mixture sit until the yeast is foamy; this should only take 5-10 minutes.
- Add the softened butter to the milk mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until it is broken into little pieces. Gradually add the eggs, ensuring they are mixed through.
- Gradually add the flours to the mixture whilst continuing to stir and bring the ingredients together. Once all ingredients are combined, continue to use your wooden spoon until you have a soft dough, at which point turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and begin to knead the dough.
- Continue to knead the dough for 10 minutes, before rolling it into a ball and transferring it to a lightly oiled bowl and covering with a damp tea towel. Leave the dough in a draught-free place until it has doubled in size (around 1-2 hours).
- Lightly grease a 12"x9" baking tin and set aside. Once your dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a floured surface and knock back the dough, before evenly dividing into 12 pieces.
- Using your hands, form each piece of dough into a rough sausage-like shape before placing in two rows of 6 in your pre-greased baking tin. Cover again with a damp tea towel, leaving in a draught-free place until the buns have doubled in size (again, 1-2 hours).
- Once the buns have completed their second rise, bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180°c (160° for a fan assisted oven or Gas Mark 4) for 15-20 minutes until golden in colour and have a hollow-like sign when gently tapped on top.
- Allow the buns to cool in their tin before icing. To ice the buns, mix 200g of icing sugar with a little cool water (start with a teaspoon and gradually add more as needed – it's easy to add more water but not easy to correct too much). You want a thick gloopy texture if you intend to spread the icing, or a slightly thinner consistency if you intend to pour the icing or dip the buns.Optional: Add a little colouring or flavouring to your icing, or top with some desiccated coconut.