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Rustic Homestyle Sweet Fruit Buns Recipe: A Fruit Bun for Sharing


You can enjoy sweet fruit buns as a treat at any time of the day. They are perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. In this post, we will walk you through an easy and fun recipe to make your own sweet fruit buns at home. With a mix of spices and dry fruits, these buns will become a favourite in your household.

Fruit bun on old fashioned blue and cream plate. Blackberries and strawberries around it with a larger bowl of buns in the background

What is a Sweet Fruit Bun?

Sweet fruit buns are soft, light buns filled with a mixture of dried fruits. Like hot cross buns, people can enjoy them all year round. The fruit's slight sweetness and the spices' rich flavour make them irresistible. 

Serving Suggestions

Allow the buns to cool on a wire rack before serving to let the glaze set. These sweet fruit buns are perfect with a cup of tea or as a sweet snack throughout the day. They're soft, fruity, and just the right amount of sweet.

Once cooled, you can gently reheat them in a microwave and enjoy them with some melted butter and jam.

Tips for Perfect Sweet Fruit Buns

  • If you want a bun that is fuller and fluffy, use bread flour. 

  • Make sure your oat milk is warm but not too hot to avoid killing the yeast.

  • If it is winter or you live in a cold climate, put the oven on a very low setting. Leave the door slightly open and put the yeast mixture in the oven. This will make sure it activates. Be sure to keep a close eye on it.

  • Knead the dough well to develop the gluten, which gives the buns their soft and chewy texture.

  • Let the dough rise in a warm place, like the now-off oven, to ensure it doubles in size.

Sweet Fruit Buns Recipe

Rounded ball of dough on benchtop, lightly floured

Ingredients for Sweet Fruit Buns

To make these tasty buns, you will need the following ingredients:

For the Dough

  • 2 tsp loose active dry yeast

  • 1 cup warm oat milk (about 110°F, not too hot to touch)

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup melted vegan butter

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (more for dusting)

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional for a spiced flavour)

For the Fruit Mix

  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (such as raisins, currants, chopped apricots, and sultanas)

  • 1/2 cup water (to soak the fruit)

For the Glaze (Optional)

  • 1/4 cup apricot jam, gently heated until runny

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prepare the Fruit

  1. Soak the dried fruit in water until soft (at least 20 minutes) before starting the recipe. This helps to plump up the fruit.

  2. After soaking, drain any excess juice from the fruit.

Activate the Yeast

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm oat milk.

  2. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. It should become frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.

Make the Dough

  1. To the yeast mixture, add the melted vegan butter, salt, and cinnamon.

  2. Gradually add flour, mixing until a dough starts to form. You may need to adjust the amount of flour depending on the humidity and the absorption rate of your flour.

  3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5-10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Don't over-knead, as the dough will become tough.

  4. Gently fold the soaked, drained fruit into the dough until evenly distributed.

First Rise

  1. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.

  2. Cover it with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size. I place mine in an oven that is off if it is winter.

Shape the Buns

  1. Punch down the risen dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.

  2. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a smooth bun.

  3. Place the buns on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each for expansion.

Second Rise

  1. Cover the buns with a damp cloth and let them rise again for about 30 minutes or until puffy.

Bake the Buns

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

  2. Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.

Glaze the Buns (Optional)

  1. Brush the warm buns with heated apricot jam for a nice shine and sweet flavour.

Enjoy baking and sharing these sweet fruit buns with your family and friends!


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