Rosie Makes: Clementine and Almond Buns

Clementine and Almond Buns

If you’ve a little time over the festive season, these clementine and almond buns are a delicious seasonal treat. Citrus is coming into its own just now, and zesty clementines pair beautifully with sweet, nutty marzipan. The clementine buns have a marzipan filling and clementine drizzle, topped with toasted flaked almonds. To make them, you will need:

For the dough:
130g plain flour
120g strong flour
180ml whole milk
20g butter
5g salt
5g fast action dried yeast
Zest of one clementine
For the filling:
25g butter
75g soft brown sugar
150g marzipan, grated.
For the topping:
Juice of one clementine
Enough icing sugar to make a thick water icing – I used 100g, but depends how juicy your clementine is!
20g toasted flaked almonds

Clementine and Almond Buns

First, make the dough. Combine the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and knead for ten minutes. Leave the dough to rise for an hour, or until doubled in size. Alternatively, you can leave it in the fridge overnight to slow down the prove.

Clementine and Almond Buns

Clementine and Almond Buns

Next, make the filling. Cream the butter and sugar. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about half a centimetre thick. Spread the filling over the surface in an even layer, then sprinkle with the grated marzipan.

Clementine and Almond Buns

Clementine and Almond Buns

Roll the long end upwards into a tight spiral, pressing the end to seal. Chop into 2 centimetre rounds and place in a lined baking tin a little apart.

Clementine and Almond Buns

Prove for at least half an hour, until doubled in size again. Preheat the oven to 170C Fan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven. While the buns are still warm, glaze with a little warmed golden syrup for added shine and stickiness.

Clementine and Almond Buns

Clementine and Almond Buns

Make a thick water icing with the clementine juice and drizzle over the buns. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and serve.

Clementine and Almond Buns

Clementine and Almond Buns

Recipe by me. Click here for more clementine recipes.

5 comments

  1. Gill Wing says:

    I have such fond memories of all your Sunday bakes when we worked together, Rosie! What a lovely tradition to have upheld all these years. Your blog is a sensory delight and I’ve shared it with several people. I look forward to seeing you when next I’m in Edinburgh. Till then, wishing you a very merry Christmas and all good things in the new year. x

    • Rosie says:

      Oh Gill that is so kind! Yes, still baking hehe. That’s so, so lovely of you, I appreciate your kind words and the sharing. You too, I still owe you an email! A very Merry Christmas to you as well and Happy New Year when it comes xx

  2. Gill Wing says:

    Thanks, Rosie! We’ll chat by phone one day when we both get a breather – no need to email! x

  3. Ali Peat says:

    Hi Rosie. So enjoy your baking and the lovely pictures you post.😍
    I think these buns will be a great addition to the baking treat box I’m giving to my daughter at Christmas. My question is would these buns freeze well as I’m planning to bake some items ahead of time.
    Many thanks Alison

    • Rosie says:

      Hi Alison! Thanks for your kind words and sorry I’ve just seen this – I’m quicker to respond on Instagram if you’re over there! I think that’s a lovely idea. They do freeze well, I’ve got some waiting for me to defrost for Christmas 🙂 Happy baking and have a lovely festive season x

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