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How to Make Homemade Raisin Buns

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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

Raisin buns are perfect with coffee or tea.

Raisin buns are perfect with coffee or tea.

Delicious Homemade Raisin Buns

I like raisin buns a lot, but I had never made them before. I enjoy eating them as a snack or for breakfast with a cup of warm coffee. I remember when I was living in Malaysia, I used to go to a bakery called the Lavender Bakery every weekend just for their raisin buns. The sweetness of the raisins added a very bright taste to the buns.

My first attempt at making raisin buns at home turned out well! My husband and I both loved them. The texture was soft and a little bit chewy on the inside. We ate them right away after I took them out of the oven. I decided to use a recipe for dinner rolls, and then I added raisins and cinnamon. I love fresh, homemade baked goods. One thing is for sure, the smell of baking bread is marvelous. It made my house smell wonderful.

To make bread or buns, you must begin by preparing a yeast mixture. I would recommend using active dry yeast because it worked tremendously well for me. However, you are welcome to use instant yeast, instead. The difference is that active yeast needs to be dissolved in lukewarm water or milk, whereas instant yeast can be mixed straight into the dough.

For this recipe, I used California raisins. Surely, they are a variety of raisins you can buy, so you are welcome to use any type.

Warm and delicious homemade raisin buns

Warm and delicious homemade raisin buns

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1-2 hours (including resting time)

Total Time: 2-3 hours

Serves: 16-18


For the yeast mixture:

  • 275 ml warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the dough:

  • 1 egg plus egg yolk, room temperature (if the egg is small, use two whole eggs)
  • 50 grams butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour, plus more for kneading
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (you can add more if you want)
  • 300 grams California raisins


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture dissolve and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk the egg and egg yolk. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon powder, and egg mixture. Use a spatula to incorporate the ingredients.
  4. Add butter to the mixture. Continue stirring until all well-combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture onto a well-floured surface and knead until it forms a dough. Add a tablespoon of flour if the dough is very sticky. (Continue adding the flour it doesn't stick to your hands.)
  6. Add the raisins to the dough and continue kneading until all combined.
  7. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Let it rest for an hour.
  8. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls. (I made 18 balls)
  9. In the meantime, heat the oven at 350°.
  10. Lay a parchment paper on the baking tray.
  11. Transfer the balls onto the tray and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes.
  13. Finally, brush some melted butter and honey on top of the raisin buns.

Questions & Answers

Question: Should I use brown sugar or white sugar in these homemade raisin buns?

Answer: White sugar.

Question: As cups seem to vary are you able to tell me it in ounces or grams - thank you?

Answer: Generally, one cup of all-purpose flour weighs 4 1/4 ounces or 120 grams.

Question: Do they have to be California raisins?

Answer: No, not necessary. You can use any type of raisins that you can find at the store.

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