The Great South African Bake Off

Spicy fruit buns and pretzel rolls

Recipe by Shainaaz from The Great South African Bake Off


The Great South African Bake Off - Past series

BBC Lifestyle


Spicy fruit buns:

  • 4 x 250ml cake flour
  • 5ml mixed spice
  • 5ml cinnamon
  • 5ml salt
  • 60g soft butter
  • 60ml currants
  • 60ml mixed peel
  • 125ml caster sugar
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 125ml tepid water
  • 125ml tepid milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

Spicy fruit buns glaze:

  • 30ml milk
  • 30ml caster sugar

Pretzel rolls:

  • 300g cake flour
  • 10ml sea salt
  • 15ml sugar
  • 10g instant yeast
  • 125ml warm milk
  • 125ml warm water
  • 45ml oil
  • 80ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 30ml coarse sea salt
  • ½ litre boiled water

Preparation method

Spicy fruit buns:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Sift flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, sugar, salt and yeast into a bowl.
  3. Rub in butter.
  4. Add currants and mixed peel.
  5. Mix egg with milk, and add.
  6. Mix to make a dough by adding the water bit by bit. You must have a soft consistency.
  7. Tip out on work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Cover in greased bowl and leave to double in size.
  9. Turn dough out on floured surface.
  10. Divide into equal balls.
  11. Shape and place, spread out, on a greased baking pan.
  12. Cover with damp cloth and prove for 30 minutes.
  13. Bake at 200°C.
  14. Cover with glaze as it comes out of the oven.

Spicy fruit buns glaze:

  1. Heat milk and sugar together, and stir until sugar dissolves.

Pretzel rolls:

  1. Add flour, sea salt and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Mix through.
  3. Add the yeast, and stir.
  4. Whisk together milk, water and oil.
  5. Add to flour mix and stir with a wooden spoon for a soft dough.
  6. Tip out on a work surface dusted with flour.
  7. Knead for 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  8. Leave to prove for 1 hour, or doubled in size.
  9. Knock down dough, and break into 12 even pieces.
  10. Roll out into sausage shape.
  11. Make into a pretzel shape.
  12. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in ½ litre boiled water.
  13. Soak each roll in this solution for 1 minute.
  14. Place rolls on baking tray.
  15. Prove for another 30 minutes.
  16. Glaze with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
  17. Bake for 15 minutes at 200°C.

The following recipe was created and written by the accredited contestant of The Great South African Bake Off. BBC Worldwide accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of ingredients, method or content.