Booths Yorkshire Buns

Booths Yorkshire Buns served toasted on a plate with butter and a cup of earl grey tea
  • 10 servings
  • 40 minutes to prepare
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  • 2 Booths Earl Grey Tea Bags
  • 300g mixed dried fruit
  • 300g plain flour
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 250g butter, chilled and grated
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spiced
  • 75ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • To decorate
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 10 glace cherries, halved
  • 30 blanched almonds


Halfway between a rock bun and a tea loaf, our Yorkshire buns are a delicious bake to celebrate Yorkshire Day with! We like them warm with butter – why not try substituting the Earl Grey for Yorkshire Tea?


  1. Place the tea bags into a mixing bowl, add 200ml of boiling water and allow to brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Discard the tea bags and add the mixed dried fruit.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (fan)/425°F/gas mark 7.
  4. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  5. Place the flours, baking powder and grated butter into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Rub the butter into the flour until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
  6. Add the sugar, orange and lemon zest and spices. Mix well.
  7. Whisk the milk and egg in a measuring jug. Make a well in the centre of the dry mix, add the milk mix and tea soaked fruit. Using a knife slowly combine the wet and dry mixture to from a soft dough.
  8. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide into 10 evenly sized pieces.
  9. Shape each piece of dough into a round and place on the lined baking tray. Flatten each bun slightly using the palm of your hand.
  10. To decorate, brush each bun with a little beaten egg. Top with 2 cherry eyes and 3 blanched almonds to make a mouth.
  11. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  12. Remove and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Chefs Tip

Why not swap the Earl Grey tea for Chai tea to make a Booths Spiced Winter Bun? Freeze for up to 3 months.