Paris Buns

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Delicious little buns, popular in both Scotland & Ireland. Paris buns are best enjoyed when full of fruit and toped with sugar nibs.

Paris Buns recipe from Baking with Granny. Often spotted in bakeries in Scotland and Ireland.

Following on from my success with Granny’s Rock Buns recipe I was keen to try something else from the “Aerated Buns” section of her little blue book of recipes. There’s lots of other great recipes (which I’ll share with time) but Paris Buns was one that stood out to me above the rest.

They were something which I’d never heard of before but the mention of Pearl Sugar Nibs was enough to tempt me into trying to bake a batch for myself. It turns out from a bit of brief research that Paris Buns are another recipe with Scottish roots – something that seems to be a reoccurring theme here on Baking with Granny!

Similar to Rock Buns and known for being popular in the poorer areas of Scotland, Paris Buns are definitely one of those bakes that look & sound a bit fancier that they really are. Perhaps that’s why they were given the name of ‘Paris Buns’? What could easily be a Rock Bun is smoothed out and topped with little gemstones of sugar, giving them a little bit more of luxurious appearance!

In regards to the Pearl Sugar Nibs, I got mine online after having little success locating any in my local supermarkets. You can however make your own, which I have yet to try but seems to be much easier than you may first think.

"Brilliant recipe! These turned out just like the ones I remember from years ago. I didn’t have the pearl sugar for the top (essential! half the fun when I was wee was picking off the sugar first!) so I took another lady’s suggestion of whacking a few sugar lumps to get small chunks and it was a pretty good substitution. Superb cut in half with proper butter piled on."
Sharon
Paris Buns recipe from baking with granny. Traditional Scottish recipe with also has Irish ties too.

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Paris Buns recipe from Baking with Granny. Often spotted in bakeries in Scotland and Ireland.

Paris Buns

5 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Irish, Scottish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 190° (or 170°c for a fan assisted oven) and grease a couple of baking sheets with a little butter/maragrine.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour. Add the butter/margarine and rub together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add the sugar and egg to the mixture. Add the milk a spoonful at a time, mixing together to create a thick, sticky dough (you may not need all the milk).
  • Add the mixed dried fruit and mix until evenly dispersed through the dough.
  • Using wet hands, form your dough into 12 even sized balls, placing each onto your pre-greased trays with a bit of space between.
  • Sprinkle a small amount of your pearl sugar nibs on top of each bun.
  • Bake in your pre-heated oven for around 15-20 minutes until they have have flattened out slightly and have a nice golden colour.
  • Allow to cool a little on their trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Paris Buns recipe from baking with Granny. Delcious little buns, similar to Rock Buns but topped with pearl sugar nibs.

24 Responses

  1. I love Paris buns. The used to be one of the mitts popuobuns in bakeries all over Belfast. They are almost impossible to get now. The Belfast version was plain with sugar or plain with the bottom dipped in chocolate. It’s been at least 40 years since I’ve had one so going to try out this recipe minus the dried fruit.

        1. 5 stars
          I made these Paris Buns and they were lovely. I had never heard of Paris Buns before. But I don’t know how anyone can get 12 cakes out of the mixture as they would have been tiny. I made 6 Cakes and they were a medium size. This is a great site I am so pleased that I found it. Well done Amy and thanks.

  2. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a recipe for Paris buns for ages, so thank you very much. I will be trying this straight away.

  3. Just trying these now but the look amazing and smell even better . Havnt had one of these since ma gran was here when i was a wee lassie and used to go to the baker when we visited . thanks for sharing

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been making these for year’s as you can’t get them in the bakery now. I don’t put fruit in it as the one’s I got when I was wee had none in them I also use surgar cubes using a rolling pin to belt it with

    1. I grew up on Paris Buns from all of the local baker’s shops in my hometown in Scotland. What a pity they are no longer in fashion.
      Thanks for the recipe. I wish I was a baker!

  5. I am from Glasgow and ate many a paris bun. I do not remember them having fruit in them and the sugar component was not nibs (whatever that is) but just course sugar and only on the little peak in the middle, not on the top of the whole bun as shown. Dried fruit option does sound good mind you. Will try them soon. Thanks for recipe.

  6. Has Granny ever heard of “ yellow meal” bread? My mother used to make it when I was a child . It was baked on a griddle . I would love to make it myself. Can you help? Many thanks.

    1. Do not have a recipe but the yellow meal is probably CORN meal so maybe that will help. Try Googling CornnMeal bread, don’t know.

  7. 5 stars
    I have just made these using gluten free flour. I did not have the sugar but will send for some. They are great but need the extra sweetness of the topping! I am going to slice the top off one and add a little jam and see how that tastes.

  8. 5 stars
    Got them in the oven now. So looking forward to having one with a cuppa. I started an office junior job in Glasgow in the early 70s – these were the most popular order from the local bakery – Paris buns with butter. I had to get the order every morning. Everyone loved them ❤️

  9. 5 stars
    Brilliant recipe! These turned out just like the ones I remember from years ago. I didn’t have the pearl sugar for the top (essential! half the fun when I was wee was picking off the sugar first!) so I took another lady’s suggestion of whacking a few sugar lumps to get small chunks and it was a pretty good substitution. Superb cut in half with proper butter piled on.

  10. These look lovely and will be giving them a try in the morning …… in my memories of Paris Buns there was no fruit

  11. Just came across a mention of these in a diary written in 1941 in Glasgow – the writer is trying to gather goodies for a leaving party and has to go to three bakeries to find enough supplies to feed everyone.

  12. I made these wee beauties about a week ago but without the sugar nibs..
    Yesterday, the sugar arrived from Uncle Amazon so………..I made them again – added the grated rind of a small lemon and a half glace cherry on top just to be a bit cool and poncey!
    With the addition of best butter and some jam – resounding acclaim from the massed family of tummy-terrorists.

    Thank you, a memory brought back to life.

  13. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday – turned out way better than I expected. Used to have these as a kid – don’t remember any fruit in them – maybe a Glasgow thing :-)

    Trying Empire Biscuits and Morning Rolls next

  14. just made the paris buns remember from years ago they had a flavor of lemon so added some extract theve turned out lovely cant wait to get the taste again thanks for the recipie

  15. Hi Amey,
    I love receiving all the delicious recipes you send to my inbox. I would like to know if you can please send me a measurement conversion chart. Or, can you include the American measurements with your international recipes?

    Thank You,
    Benedetta Isabella Lino

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