Sweet Buns

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Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago

Sweet Hands

By Ramin Ganeshram

Published 2018

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These slightly sweet buns are yummy for breakfast with a bit of butter and jam. Of course, my father, like many Trinidadians, preferred them with that English staple—cheddar cheese.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and flour a large baking sheet.
  2. Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingers or use the paddle attachment on an electric mixer, until fine crumbs are formed. Stir in the sugar. Add the egg and mix to form a stiff dough. Add the milk as needed if the dough is too dry.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Divide the dough into ten balls and roll each gently between your palms to form oblong balls.
  4. Place on the prepared baking sheet and gently score each bun with an X, using a sharp knife. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the buns are golden.

Variation: Coconut Sweet Buns

Add 1 cup of freshly grated or frozen grated unsweetened coconut to the dry ingredients and increase the number of eggs to two. Knead and form as above.