Peter Rabbit's Classic English Currant Buns Recipe

Peter Rabbit's Classic English Currant Buns Recipe

Easy to make English currant buns are a classic of British food and loved by the famous Peter Rabbit and his friends in Beatrix Potter's lovely books.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Sift the flour into a large baking bowl. Add the butter cubes and quickly rub together using your fingertips to create a sand-like texture. Add the sugar and the yeast and stir, finally add the tiny pinch of salt. Stir again.
  2. Step 2

    Add the mixed milk and water and using a dinner knife draw the mixture together to form a loose dough. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead to create a soft, smooth dough. The dough is ready when pressed it springs back.
  3. Step 3

    Spread the dough using both hands and tip the currants onto the surface. Roll the dough up and knead again to incorporate the currants through the dough. 
  4. Step 4

    Place the dough into a clean, lightly greased (use a little butter) cover with a tea cloth and place in a warm (but not hot) place and leave the dough to rise until doubled. Do not rush this process, a slower rise always results in a better finish. This should take about 1 ½  hours. 
  5. Step 5

    Once the dough rises, gently tip it onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly to smooth the dough out again. 
  6. Step 6

    Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, grease lightly with a little butter and put to one side.
  7. Step 7

    Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces (each piece should roughly weigh 60g each but there is no need to be too exact, these are homemade buns). Place onto the baking sheets. 
  8. Step 8

    Cover once more with a tea cloth and leave for approx 20 minutes for the buns to rise once again. 
  9. Step 9

    Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7 (lower slightly if using a fan or steam oven). 
  10. Step 10

    Place the baking sheet into the center of the preheated oven and cook for 12 minutes or until the buns are golden brown and firm to the touch.  Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes then move to a cooling rack.
  11. Step 11

    While the buns are cooling, place the apricot jam and water into a small saucepan (or microwaveable bowl). Heat the melt the jam slightly then mix to form a loose glaze.
  12. Step 12

    Paint the glaze over the surface of the buns using a pastry brush. 
  13. Step 13

    The buns are super-delicious when eaten slightly warm spread with butter. Also good cold, and if a day or so old, then toast and once again spread with butter. 
  14. Step 14

    Store the buns in an airtight container, they will keep for at least 2 days but as mentioned above may need toasting.  Notes on Making English Currant Buns: * If you can find them, use tiny, soft sweet Zante currants, they are readily available but if you can't find them, use ordinary dried baking currants.