Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns. My decades old recipe for soft, delicious, sweet molasses raisin tea buns that can be made using cinnamon as well. Perfect for a mug up any time.
Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns, a traditional favourite that you can make plain or with fragrant spices. You may find this recipe uses more molasses than other buns you’ve tried but I like them dark and sweet. You can use less molasses and adjust the amount of milk to make sure there is enough liquid to form the dough.
Be careful when making adjustments, molasses makes baked goods a little more difficult to rise. Too much can also result in a denser harder baked goods too. I like mine at this height but if you want yours to be to be a little higher, squeeze them into a 9×9 pan instead of a 9×13 and bake for about 10 minutes longer.
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Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns - my recipe for soft, delicious, sweet molasses raisin tea buns that can be made using cinnamon & nutmeg as well. Perfect for a mug up any time.
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp rounded baking powder
- 1 tsp rounded baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon optional
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg optional
- 3/4 cup cold butter cut in cubes
- 1 1/2 cup raisins (light or dark your preference)
- 1/2 cup fancy molasses
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a food processor or in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Cut in or pulse in in the butter until the mixture resembles a fine meal.
Remove to a large bowl and stir in the raisins.
Make a well in the center of this mixture.
Mix together the molasses, milk and vanilla.
Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.
On a floured surface, roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter. You may need a little more flour on top as well to prevent sticking to the rolling pin.
Place in a parchment lined 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Baking time may vary a little depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.
This recipe makes about 12 tea buns.
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