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Fruit buns recipe

Rescue recipe: these will make use of any slightly soft fruits you have such as apples, pears, apricots, plums, bananas, rhubarb, gooseberries, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

fruit bunsAllergens: contains milk, egg, gluten and (nuts –optional).

Makes 12 buns.

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.


175g soft butter or margarine

175g soft brown sugar

125g self-raising flour

50g desiccated coconut or ground almond

2 grated apples or other fruit (roughly chop if soft fruit)

Zest of 1 orange

2 large beaten eggs

Icing sugar to dust


  1. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until smooth.
  2. Gradually add the eggs beating between each addition.
  3. Sieve the flour and fold into the mixture with the coconut or ground almonds, orange zest and chopped fruit.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) or gas mark 4.
  5. Place a few chopped fruits on the top.
  6. Dust with icing sugar and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Put onto a wire rack to cool.

To freeze

Cool, pack, label and freeze for up to 3 months.

To use

Defrost overnight and warm in a low oven for a few minutes to freshen up.