These delicious Bread Machine Devonshire Buns make a perfect addition to Afternoon Tea or Breakfast Tea. Fill them with your favourite jam and whipped cream and your guests will never know how easy they are!Take Me to the Recipe!
Of course you can knead it the ‘old-fashioned way’ if you don’t have or use a bread machine! See the recipe notes below if kneading by hand.
We served these as part of our Royal Wedding Breakfast ‘Tea’. Since Great Britain is 4 hours ahead of us we will be watching the Royal Wedding in our pyjamas and fascinators! If you miss the wedding you can serve these for any Tea Time or Mother’s Day Tea or Bridal Tea.
These rolls are perfect for any time of the day though.
I divided the dough after the first rise into fourteen 2 oz portions and shaped them into an oblong roll. They were a substantial size -about 5″ long after baking. They weren’t quite as dainty as I had imagined them in my mind’s eye! Next time I would try for 1 -3/4 oz or 16 portions.
The recipe calls for ‘caster’ sugar. This is granulated sugar that is a finer grind than our basic everyday sugar. In Canada you see Superfine sugar readily available which would be fine. If you don’t want to buy special sugar just for this recipe you can use regular sugar. Your dough may not be quite as soft as with Superfine. I took regular sugar and crushed it down a bit with my pestle and mortar! Do not use icing or confection sugar.
They make rather a sweet biscuit type. Perfect for filling with your favourite jam or jelly and sweet whipped cream. I split them horizontally and made an open face bun with cream and jelly. The traditional is a round bun split horizontally and served with top and bottom and cream/jam in between.
I doubled the batch and froze the other half. I can attest that they freeze well and were just as lovely after being frozen. So… Make Ahead…what a bonus if you are putting together a large tea time menu.
I served them with White Strawberry Cream tea and Black Peach Ginger tea. I have to say the White Strawberry Cream tea was my favourite but they are both delicious!