Lemon and Raisin Buns to Tear and Share

Lemon and Raisin Buns to tear and share are perfect for entertaining a crowd. They are also ideal for a hungry family! Best eaten as soon as they have cooled down after taking them out of the oven. These buns are super soft and simply delicious.

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Lemon and Raisin Buns Recipe

This recipe makes 12 buns.

lemon and raisin buns on a baking tray


  • 400 g Plain Flour
  • A pinch Salt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 75 g Caster Sugar
  • 200 g Raisins
  • 10 fl oz Milk (tepid)
  • 25 g Fresh Yeast
  • 0.50 tsp Bun Spice
  • 50 g Melted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 150 g Lemon Curd
  • 2 tbsp Icing Sugar


  1. In a small dish mix the yeast and 25 g sugar and work the yeast until it becomes a liquid.
  2. Place the flour, salt, zest from half a lemon, 50 g sugar and the raisins into a machine mixing bowl and blend lightly.
  3. In a jug, whisk together the milk, egg, melted butter and bun spice. Then add the worked yeast mixing thoroughly.
  4. Add the liquid to the flour and using a dough hook, mix the ingredients together until the dough leaves the side of the bowl.
  5. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes. Form into a ball and place the dough back into the machine bowl. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to prove and double in size in a warm area, for 1 hour.
  6. After 1 hour, transfer the dough to a floured surface and roll to flatten to a thickness of approximately 1 cm.
  7. Pre-heat your oven to 180ºC.
  8. Mix the Lemon Curd with the juice from half a lemon. Paint the entire surface of the dough with the diluted lemon curd.
  9. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the dough away from you until it looks like a Swiss roll shape.
bun dough in a roll on work surface

Divide the entire length of the dough into 12 equal pinwheels.

Place the pin wheels (cut side up) into a deep non-stick baking pan, positioning 4 x 3.

lemon and raisin bun dough in pinwheels on baking tray

Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm area to prove for 45 mins to 1 hour, or until they have doubled in size and joined together.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

10. Mix together the lemon juice from half a lemon with the icing sugar. This icing will be very thin but that’s just what you need.
11. Remove from the oven, brush lightly with the lemon icing and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

lemon and raisin buns being torn to share

The key to making these lemon and raisin buns is using fresh yeast. Although they can be made using dried yeast, I would strongly recommend that you purchase some fresh yeast.

2 Replies to “Lemon and Raisin Buns to Tear and Share”

  1. Really not into raisins so I thought I’d just take a quick look but I ended up checking everything. I had tried cooking similar stuff before and that online delivery service, Feast Box, really helped me out try some ingredients that are hard to find like some listed above. Anyway, will forward this page to a couple of friends who are starting to get fond of cooking!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I am so glad we were able to inspire you and hopefully we will continue to do so in the future.
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