How to Make Yummy Tea Buns! Shirley Hurley’s Tea Buns

Just out of the oven!

Who doesn’t love a great tea bun recipe right? Especially when they are filled with delicious tropical fruit! Warm from the oven with a lil’ pat of butter Yum! These tea buns are so good! Similar to a scone, they are perfect for breakfast or even a little bedtime snack.

Full of yummy sweet fruit like pineapple, apricots and raisins, these tea buns are sure to please even the pickiest eater! Don’t like apricots? You can absolutely mix it up by adding your favorite fruit of choice. Shirley uses peaches in hers but you can use anything you like me, I used apricots. You can even use mandarin oranges.

Why not try adding some lemon or orange zest or coconut. Maybe try cranberries instead of raisins? The possibilities are endless. Its such a versatile recipe you can absolutely mix it up any way you fancy!

This tried and true tea bun recipe comes from a wonderful Facebook friend of mine Shirley Hurley. She was born and raised in Baie Verte, Newfoundland, Canada and she is an amazing cook among other things. She is a marvelous lady, so much so she allowed me to share this recipe with all of you so you can make them for your friends, family and loved ones. She really Rocks!

Just look at these buns all ready to go in the oven! Don’t forget to preheat yours.

all egg washed ready to bake!

I was able to do a video tutorial for this tried and true recipe which I will share; along with links to my favorite ingredients. They turned out perfectly! Not a surprise to me as Shirley Hurleys buns puts mine to shame some days.

Before I share the recipe, I would like to share a few hints and tips for when you prepare tea buns or biscuits. This will ensure you get the perfect tea bun every time!

Hints and Tips!

  • have all your ingredients cold especially the butter!
  • don’t overwork the dough as it tends not to rise as well
  • be sure to pre heat your oven
  • don’t twist your cutter when cutting out the buns it interferes with the rising of the buns
  • place your buns a little closer together
  • egg wash will give a nice finish
  • cutting the butter in small cubes or grating it in with a cheese grater speeds up the process

Inorder to make this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp custard powder
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup rasins
  • 2 eggs plus another for the egg wash
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 can of peach, apricot or mandarin oranges drained and mashed
  • 1can of crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 cup of milk or 1/2 and 1/2


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all your dry ingredients together , rubbing the butter in with your fingers to crumble it. Like pea size.

Mix all wet ingredients together with the 2 eggs lightly beaten and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients by making a little well in the center of your dry ingredients and mixing it all together until you make a dough.

If your dough is a little wet you can add more flour if its a little dry you can add more milk. Place dough out onto a floured surface and roll out with your favorite rolling pin to about an inch thick.

Cut out buns and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place buns a little bit close to help with rising but not too close that they stick together when rising. Brush each bun with a little egg wash and place in your preheated oven on 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Watch me prepare these buns here:

They turned out beautifully see:

So yummy & look great!

You may have heard me speak of my citrus cranberry tea buns they are similar as well to a scone. You can find the recipe under Julie’s favorites. Watch me make them below.

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As promised here is a few links to my favorite ingredients. I would also like to give a big thank you to M & S Layman designs for my Beauty & the Bay apron. I just love it she makes all kinds of things if your interested find her here:

For the flour I always use President Choice Unbleached flour

The vanilla was Clubhose:

The Baking Powder Magic of course:

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