- 200 g plain flour
- 25 g ground rice
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 75 g margarine or butter, diced
- 75 g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons jam, caster sugar for dredging, vegetable oil for greasing
- pinch of salt
- Heat the oven to 200 C , grease a large baking sheet and line the base with greaseproof paper then grease the paper.
- Sift the flour , ground rice, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Add the margarine and rub it in with your fingertips, then stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre. Beat the egg with the milk, then add to dry ingredients and mix to a moist, but firm, dough.
- Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. With lightly floured hands, shape each piece into a ball. Make a hollow in the centre of each bun with your finger. Spoon a little jam into each hollow, then pinch the edges of the dough together to seal.
- Placed the buns, sealed side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the oven, just above the centre, for about 20 minutes, until risen, golden and just firm to touch.
- Cool the buns for 10 -15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Sprinkle with caster sugar and leave to cool completely. Serve fresh.
Raspberry jam is often used to fill the buns, but children will love the surprise of different jams hidden in the buns, you can try strawberry, apricot, plum and blackcurrant.
NB : Recipe taken from Nice and Easy cookbook.