Iced Buns or Iced Fingers

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This recipe is one of my favourites, not too sweet, and quite simple, but deliciously nice.  Eating an iced bun, reminds me of a TV ad from years ago, where the actor would eat a cream cake and say ‘naughty, but nice’.  That is just how I feel about these buns.

The recipe I used is from BBC Food where they are Ice Fingers.  On that site you can click to see video of Paul Hollywood making them.

I have now made this recipe twice, each time with very pleasing results and they were a great hit with the family.

Iced Buns
For the dough
  • 500g/1lb 2oz strong white flour
  • 50g/1¾oz caster sugar
  • 40g/1½oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 x 7g/¼oz sachets instant yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 150ml/5fl oz warm milk
  • 140ml/4½fl oz water
For the icing
  • 200g/7oz icing sugar
  • 5 tsp cold water
For the filling
  • 200ml/7fl oz whipping cream
  • 100g/4oz strawberry jam
  • icing sugar, for dusting
Preparation method
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7.
  2. To make the dough, place all the ingredients into a large bowl, holding back a quarter of the water. Stir the mixture with your hands, then slowly add the remaining water to form a dough and knead in the bowl for four minutes.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise in a warm place for one hour.
  4. Divide the dough into 12 pieces, each about 70g/2½oz, then roll into balls and shape into fingers about 13cm/5in long.
  5. Place the dough fingers onto a greased baking tray, leaving space for them to double in size, then set aside in a warm place for 40 minutes. They should just touch each other when they’ve risen. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then set them aside to cool.
  6. For the icing, sift the icing sugar in a wide bowl and gradually stir in the cold water to form a thick paste.
  7. Dip the top of the cooled fingers into the icing, smoothing it with your finger, then leave to set on a wire rack.
  8. Lightly whip the cream and spoon it into a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle. Spoon the strawberry jam into another piping bag.
  9. Sliced the iced fingers horizontally, leaving one long edge intact. Pipe in a generous line of whipped cream into the middle of each finger, then a thinner line of jam. Dust the iced fingers with icing sugar and serve.
1-2 hours preparation time
1 to 2 hours cooking time
Makes 12 buns


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