Tea buns were very traditional when I was growing up in Newfoundland. In fact, you can go to just about any grocery store – or maybe any house – and find fluffy raisin-studded tea buns.
While they were very traditional, I never loved them. I guess it was that they didn’t have a lot of flavor other than the raisins and the fatty butter. But, I love the notion of a tea bun. Even if you don’t have it with tea, it just sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
I created these Orange Apricot Tea Buns with this nostalgia. They aren’t the traditional tea bun of my youth, but have that same cozy, tea-time feeling.
Best of all, these Orange Apricot Tea Buns are a cinch to make! Hope you enjoy them…
Orange Apricot Tea Buns
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt touch scant
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest see note
- 1/4 cup dried unsulphured apricots chopped (or chopped pitted dates)
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp plain non-dairy milk
- 1 tbsp ground white chia seed
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla or orange extract
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda (sift in powder/soda), nutmeg, salt. Stir through until well combined, and then stir in zest and apricots. In a smaller bowl, combine orange juice, maple syrup, milk, chia, and extract. Stir through until combined. Add wet mixture to the dry and stir through until just combined. Using a large cookie scoop (or a spoon), scoop out mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (I typically yield 6 to 7). Bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for a minute on baking sheet, and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Makes 6 to 7 buns.
Orange Zest Note: My favorite way to zest citrus is with a kitchen rasp (also called a microplane grater). These are very handy, inexpensive, efficient tools that can be used for zesting, grating garlic, chocolate, and more!
photo credit: Nicole Axworthy