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Island Sugar Buns 
Recipe Name Island Sugar Buns 
Difficulty Level Advanced 
Traditional food from Trinidad and Tobago 
Ingredients 1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1 cup warm milk
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
4 tbsp vegetable fat or butter
4 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp sultanas
2 tbsp currants
2 eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric or saffron powder


Dissolve 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp hot water 
Preparation 1. Combine the yeast, 1lbsp of flour, 1 tbsp of sugar and a cup of warm milk.

2. Leave the mixture to stand aside in a warm place for about 10-15 minutes

3. Sift the remaining flour, turmeric/saffron and salt in a large bowl and rub in the vegetable fat or butter

4. Add the sugar, vanilla essence, and cinnamon to the yeast mixture

5. Add the eggs to the yeast mixture, beating well after each addition

6. Add sultanas and currants to yeast mixture

7. Pour yeast mixture into flour mixture

8. Combine to create a soft dough

9. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes

10. Place in a greased bowl and turn over to grease the top

11. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour)

12. Punch the dough down and shape into 16 balls

13. Place on lightly greased baking sheets

14. Cover and let rise until doubled (20 - 30 minutes)

15. Using a sharp knife cut a cross or X on the top of each roll

16. Bake at 200C for 12 to 15 minutes

17. Meanwhile make the glaze by dissolving 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp hot water

18. When buns are baked, brush with glaze 


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