NZ Woman's Weekly

Christmas breakfast buns

The presents are under the tree, the ham and turkey are nestled safely in the fridge and there’s nothing left to do on Christmas Eve but have a glass of bubbles and wait for Christmas morning to arrive.

Then you remember that you’ve spent so much time concentrating on the dinner that you’ve got absolutely nothing for breakfast! You can’t serve up Weet-Bix, especially when you’ve invited the neighbours. But don’t worry – this recipe will get you out of all sorts of last-minute Christmas scrapes because there is nothing better than waking up to hot buns, fresh out of the oven.

I make these every year – they are perfect served with jam or just lightly buttered with a cup of tea or coffee. And if you feel like breaking out a bit of ham, they go well with that too.

Christmas buns

  • 500g white flour
  • 150g butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml milk

1. Sift the  our then rub in the butter. Stir in the salt and sugar and then add the dried yeast. Mix it all together.

2. Heat the milk very gently until it is just at body temperature (test it as you would a baby’s bottle). Beat the eggs and add them to the milk. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until you have a moist dough.

3. Put the dough into a clean bowl – which you have rubbed with a little oil or butter – and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge and leave overnight.

4. In the morning, take out the dough and knead for about 10 minutes until it goes nice and elastic. Cut the dough into four pieces and roll them out. Melt some butter and brush each piece before folding it in half and rolling again.

5. Cut into squares or rectangles – whatever shape you like for your buns – then place on greased baking trays, leaving plenty of room for them to rise and double in size. Brush again with melted butter and put somewhere nice and warm, covered with tea towels for an hour or so, until they have doubled in size.

6. Set your oven on 220ºC to heat up, then open some of your presents.

7. When they are ready, bake them in your hot oven for 10 to 12 minutes and serve piping hot.

Do you have a Nana recipe you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear about it. Email me at: or write to Nana’s Pantry, NZWW, PO Box 90119, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142.

Issue 1541

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