Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

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.

Course Breakfast/Brunch, Snack
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 tea buns
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 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


  1. In a food processor or in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Cut in or pulse in in the butterĀ until the mixture resembles a fine meal.
  3. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the raisins.
  4. Make a well in the center of this mixture.
  5. Mix together the molasses, milk and vanilla.
  6. Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This recipe makes about 12 tea buns.