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Coconut Orange Tea Buns

Coconut Orange Tea Buns with Honey Butter. A delicious combination of two favourite tea bun recipes that my mother always made in her Newfoundland kitchen.

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Coconut Orange Tea Buns

These coconut orange tea buns were inspired by combining two family favourites. Like so many families in Newfoundland, mine has quite a number of fantastic bakers and they all make terrific traditional raisin tea buns.

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Two other tea buns famous in our family circle are orange and coconut.

When trying to decide which of those two to serve recently, like I am prone to do, I decided not to decide and combined the two into a new version of a family favourite.

fresh organic clementines picked with green leaves

Try using seasonal citrus, like clementines around the Holidays.

We all loved the result and wondered why we had not tried it before. These were exceptionally scrumptious served warm with honey butter as a weekend brunch treat.

Homemade butter, drained and compressed into a ball.

Homemade butter.

To make the honey butter extra special, why not try your hand at this simple method for making Homemade Butter!

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Originally published July 2012. Updated October 2019 to add a new print page and nutritional information. 
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Yield: 18 tea buns

Coconut Orange Tea Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Coconut Orange Tea Buns - a combination of two different but favourite tea bun recipes that my mother always made. 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened fine coconut
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
  • zest of 1 orange finely chopped

For the Honey Butter

  • 1 cup butter, not margarine or other horrible butter substitutes
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

  1. start these in my food processor because it is so fast but they can be made just as easily in a large bowl by cutting the butter in with a pastry blender or just rubbing it into the dry ingredients using your hands.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Cut/pulse in the butter until mixture resembles a fine meal.
  4. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the coconut.
  5. Make a well in the center of this mixture.
  6. Mix together the lemon juice, vanilla extract, evaporated milk and orange zest.
  7. Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.
  8. Roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter and place on parchment lined baking sheet close together.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Baking time will vary depending on the size of your biscuit cutter. This recipe makes 16 large tea buns.

To prepare the Honey Butter

  1. Honey butter is simply honey beaten into plain butter in a 2 to 1 ratio of butter to honey.
  2. Use a handheld electric mixer to cream the two ingredients together.

Notes

Nutritional information is one bun without butter.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

18 tea buns

Amount Per Serving Calories 221Saturated Fat 8gCholesterol 23mgSodium 152mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 4g

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Dee

Saturday 22nd of February 2020

I always wondered, could you roll the dough into a log, put it into the refrigerator and when cooled cut into disks, instead of rolling out the dough.

Margarita Cano

Tuesday 8th of October 2019

Can you use regular coconut flakes?

Michele

Thursday 29th of March 2018

Love this recipe, Barry! Sometimes I change it up and use chopped maraschino cherries and exclude the orange zest - with a little tweaking of the liquid ingredients, they are always a hit! Kind of like mini Christmas cherry cakes!

ARae

Tuesday 9th of February 2016

Can these be frozen?

Barry C. Parsons

Sunday 14th of February 2016

Yes

Barbara Bunker

Monday 20th of April 2015

Do you have a good recipe to make these gluten-free? Thanks!

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 27th of April 2015

I've never made them with gluten free flour but you could give it a try.

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