The popular recipes for Boston Bun include mashed potato, and they use Self Raising Flour with no yeast. This makes a soft bun that is more like cake than bun.
Bakeries around Australia make Boston Buns with a sweet bun mix, which is; with bread flour, yeast and no mashed potato, they are topped with the same soft, fluffy icing.
This is the Boston bun I remember from my childhood.
Make sure you use Bread Flour and not ordinary Plain Flour.
- 500 grams Bread Flour
- 5 grams salt
- 5 grams bread improver
- 40 grams sugar
- 2 x 7g packet dried yeast
- approximately ½ cup warm water (you will adjust this quantity while dough is mixing)
- Your choice of dried fruit including mixed peel.
You can vary the taste slightly by adding spices such as mixed spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add these with the flour up to 2 teaspoons total.
Warm the water, add yeast and sugar, and stand in a warm place for 5 or 10 minutes until mixture becomes frothy.
Add dry ingredients, except fruit, to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Pour in the frothy yeast mixture and mix for about 5 minutes.
Dough will form a soft ball.
Cover and stand in a warm place until dough has doubled in size, transfer to a floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes.
When you have finished the first kneading, place dough ball in a floured bowl and cover as before and wait till dough doubles in size.
Repeat the kneading process as before and return dough to the floured bowl to again double in size.
Knead the dough once more and this time place on a buttered baking tray. Cover and dough will double in size.
Preheat oven to 180F or 160C if your oven is fan forced.
Cook for about 30 minutes but start checking around 25 minutes. Cover with silver foil and cook another 10 minutes.
Bun will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Allow bun to cool completely before icing.
You can be creative with the icing. Add more coconut or icing sugar to the mix.
185g icing sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
30g melted butter
3 teaspoons desiccated coconut
To make icing: combine the icing ingredients in a bowl and spread over top of bun.
Kneading is the most important part of baking bread and sweet buns. Here is a little information from Wiki about kneading: http://www.wikihow.com/Knead-Dough
Here is a Womans Day recipe for Boston Bun. It uses no yeast but does use Self Raising flour.