I tried my hand at making dough for the first time recently to make these tasty iced buns, it was so simple and not too time-consuming either (it was a Tesco kids recipe so…I didn't expect it to be too difficult but you never know!). Iced buns are such an easy treat that everyone enjoys, they only use a handful of ingredients and cook within 10 minutes too!
500g Strong White Bread Flour
1 tsp Salt
50g Caster Sugar
7g Dried Yeast
300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk
40g Unsalted Butter
For The Icing
240g Icing Sugar
Pink, Yellow and Blue Icing Gel
1 1/2 tbsp Sprinkles
To start, in a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, sugar and yeast until they’ve combined. Make a well in the centre of the bowl and set it aside.
Now put the milk and butter in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat until the milk is steaming and the butter has fully melted. Don’t let it boil over otherwise it’ll burn!
Pour the wet mixture into the dry, add a whole egg and stir until you get a wet, loose dough.
Dust your surface with a bit of flour and knead for dough for between 5-10 minutes. If it gets a bit sticky then add some more flour! When the dough is ready it should feel elastic and smooth.
Now, lightly oil a medium-sized bowl and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl with a tea towel or foil and leave it in a warm place to rise for an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
Once your dough has risen, punch the air out of it a couple of times and divide the dough into 15 balls weighing roughly 60g each.
Now flour your surface again and gently roll each ball into a thick sausage shape about 10cm long and oil a large baking tray. Leave about 2 cm in-between each roll so they have a chance to spread out. Now place a tea-towel or foil over the tray and leave these in a warm place to rise again for another 40-45 minutes and preheat your oven 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 6.
Once risen, bake the rolls for about 10 minutes until lightly golden, give the rolls about 10 minutes to cool on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now get your icing sugar and colouring gels! Measure out the icing sugar and divide it between 3 bowls, I didn't have three bowls so I had to improvise! As long as the bowl is big enough to put a roll in then it’s all good!
Add 1 tbsp of water to each bowl (I made the mistake of adding too much water so my icing was way too liquid to show up with the colours, which was a shame). Add your icing colours to the bowls, just one drop at a time as the gel is very pigmented!
Now simply dip the buns into the icing, if you put too much icing on top just scrape it off on the side of the bowl, put the roll back on the wire rack and add a few sprinkles on top!
Allow the icing to set for at least 15 minutes before eating and these go stale quite quickly so it’s best to eat them all on the day or within 24 hours…which I'm sure you’ll manage!
As I said, my icing was too thin so you couldn’t really see the different colours but they still tasted good and were actually really filling! These were simple to make so would be so much fun to make with kids or to try out if you haven’t tried making dough before. I feel like they’re always gonna look cute too with the icing and sprinkles on top, you could even use different colouring gels to make these Christmassy or try adding cranberries into the dough, there are plenty of ways you can take these way further than just this simple recipe!