Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Coconut Buns

One of my favourite ingredients in baking, is coconut. I just adore the sweet, nuttyness and most of bakes seem to end up with a handful thrown in! These babies are no exception! Everyone loved them, to the point this is their own picture as they mysteriously vanished! They are similar in flavour to coconut macaroons but just a little more cakey, and delicious in their own right. My brother suggested rice paper for next time...trouble is I can just eat that stuff and it probably wouldn't hang around long enough!

When my beloved Nanny J passed away, I inherited some of her well worn cookbooks, and I spotted this recipe some time back within a copy of Farmhouse Kitchen, which apparently was in connection with a TV series circa 1978 and consists of recipes sent in by viewers. I love to flick through it, snagging ideas and wondering as to how much my nanny might have used the book too. There are no pictures, which sometimes isn't a bad thing as you can interpret how you like without fretting that its doesn't look like the picture does!

These buns were super easy to make, and the cherries were my addition, and a good one too as they make the buns a little more attractive and lets be honest, who can resist the lure of a sticky sweet glace cherry?

When I went to bake these, I was also mid making a lemon sponge for my mums birthday, but fancied something coconutty and quickly whipped these up alongside, they are pretty much weigh, mix, splodge onto  tray and bake!

Makes 16

100g self raising flour
100g desiccated coconut
75g caster sugar
100g margarine
1 beaten egg
8 glace cherries, halved

Pre-heat oven to 190o/ gas 5

1) Mix together the dry ingredients, using fingers rub in the margaraine to form smaller lumps, as in the style of making pastry.

2) Use a fork to beat in the egg and mix thoroughly.

3) Blob the mixture onto a baking tray, allowing a little room in between and top with the cherries

4) Bake in the top part of the oven for 10-15 minutes or until cooked and lightly golden. They took about 14 minutes in mine, be careful as they go from anaemic to sun tanned quickly!

I am also sending these lovely buns over to Bookmarked Recipes held by the Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes


  1. Nice easy recipe, bet they taste great too.

  2. I love coconut as well! These buns sound fabulous and I'll definitely be trying them!

  3. Hi Anne
    I searched Google for Coconut buns because I remember them fondly as one of my Mom's stand by bakes. Your cherry idea was new to me and because I have a bounty of apples from our neighbours tree I put a wedge of apple - the tartness was a great hit amidst as you said the nutty coconut. Thanks and for me they took 11 minutes in my fan assisted oven. Best wishes She

  4. I am hoping to make these on Saturday Anne, for my daughter's birthday on Sunday :)

  5. I keep this on Pinterest and keep coming back and make them different every time and they are always a hit with my cookie monsters..... earlier this week it was with raisins and today had some choc chips, raisins and slivered almonds and hey - just fine - woo hoo see you again soon

  6. Ah thanks so much Sheila - you know I had actually forgotten about these and made a batch the other day after seeing your comment - so good!


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