Traditional Newfoundland Raisin Tea Buns

from What If Your Mom Made Raisin Buns

From Bonita’s Kitchen: These tea buns are quick and easy to make. If you are expecting company, you can make them in 30 minutes or less. Of course, you can’t have tea buns without a nice cup of tea, so sit back and make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy our recipe.


Butter – 1/2 cup

Flour – 2 cups

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Evaporated Milk – 1/2 cup

eggs – 1 large

Sea salt – 1/4 tsp

Raisins – 1/2 cup or more

Baking Powder – 4 Tsp


Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl, then add pieces of cold butter and mix well together.

Mix egg and milk together in another bowl and add to mixture working it in with a spoon then your hand until almost into a ball.

Add raisins if you are making the raisin buns if not don’t add.

Continue on forming into a ball then put out onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.

Pinch off small pieces of dough and form a ball, then place on the parchment paper and make all balls the same size.

If you like to roll them out follow this method, cover with a sprinkle of flour and roll into 1/4 inch thick pastry.

With a 2 inch cookie cutter, cut out 24 buns, place on a greased cookie pan or square pan, place in a 350º oven for 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Don’t over bake tea buns because they will be dry.

Once baking is complete, remove from oven put on a serving plate eat hot or cold with butter and homemade jam.

Yield: 24 buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Nada’s Tips & Tricks: Check out Bonita’s tutorial on making these delightful morsels of goodness!

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