The Crazy Kitchen: Honey & Orange Filled Iced Buns

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Thursday 8 October 2015

Honey & Orange Filled Iced Buns

Well, that's it, no more bake off on a Wednesday night now that Nadiya has been crowned as the winner, and what a worthy winner she was too. She definitely improved as the series went on, and created some amazing bakes, especially her wedding cake and delicious looking filled iced buns. 

It's been a while since I've had the time to bake along with the show, but I managed to squeeze in some buns this week. I made a sweet enriched dough flavoured with orange zest, and piped in a cream & mascarpone filling, flavoured with honey and orange, with icing on the top and a sticky honey and orange sauce drizzled over (phew). I kept a few of the buns simple, with just icing, as I knew 2/3 of the kids wouldn't like the creamy filling.

Honey & Orange Filled Iced Buns

Honey & Orange Filled Iced Buns - makes 12

500g Strong white bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
100g caster sugar
50g butter, softened
1 tsp dried yeast
1 egg
finely grated zest of 1 orange
225ml milk (room temperature)

250g mascarpone
100ml double cream
juice & finely grated zest of 1 orange
1 tbsp honey

200g icing sugar

honey & orange sauce
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp butter
juice of 1 orange

  • add the bread flour to a bowl
  • add the salt, sugar, butter, yeast, egg & orange zest
  • add approx 200ml of milk & start mixing everything together, adding more milk if necessary
  • once the dough has come together, take it out of the bowl & knead for 10 minutes, until smooth & elastic
  • place in a large bowl & cover with clingfilm
  • leave in a warm place to double in size
  • once the dough has proved, turn out onto a lightly floured surface
  • divide the dough into 12 equal pieces
  • roll each piece into a ball and shape into a finger
  • place into a buttered baking tin, approx 1.5cm apart
  • cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place to double in size again
  • remove clingfilm & bake in a preheated 200C oven for 15-20 minutes
  • leave to cool on a wire rack


  • whisk all the ingredients together until it's thick enough to pipe
  • slice the cooled buns across the top, but not all the way through
  • pipe the filling into the buns


  • mix a little water into the icing sugar, until a thick (but fluid) icing is reached
  • pipe the icing onto the top of the buns, on either side of the filling

honey & orange sauce

  • add the ingredients to a small saucepan
  • bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes until thick and sticky
  • allow to cool before drizzling over the buns

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