Homemade Kitchener Bun

A single completed, golden brown Kitchener bun crusted with sugar and filled with piped pastry cream atop jam.

A Kitchener Bun is a pastry primarily found in Southern Australia. Fried then filled with pastry cream, and sometimes a spot of jam, it is the perfect picnic food. Sweet and delicious, Kitchener buns are great for breakfast or dessert. My kids always refer to these as cream burgers.

Great to eat whenever passing through South Australia or you can make them on your next camping trip or for your next picnic. With a little practice, these sweet dough buns are easy to make and even better to eat! Because you do have to deep fry, always make sure that everyone is careful around the cooking pot.

When hiking and camping, if not making them at the campsite it is better to take the cream separately. When you get to camp, fill them with the cream just before eating. Pastry cream travels much better than fresh cream.

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A single, golden Kitchener bun frying in hot oil.
Deep fry each bun, turning if required so it is light brown all around and cooked through to the center, about 3 minutes total.
Close up of a single completed, golden brown Kitchener bun crusted with sugar and filled with piped pastry cream atop jam.
When cool, slice the bun almost through, spread with jam, then add cream just before serving.
A group of shaped dough buns on baking parchment, left to rise before cooking.
After kneading dough until smooth, divide into eight buns and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
A single completed, golden brown Kitchener bun crusted with sugar and filled with piped pastry cream atop jam.
A South Australia pastry, Kitchener buns are fried then filled with pastry cream and sometimes a spot of jam.

Homemade Kitchener Bun Recipe

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A single completed, golden brown Kitchener bun crusted with sugar and filled with piped pastry cream atop jam.
A Kitchener Bun is a pastry primarily found in South Australia. Fried then filled with pastry cream and sometimes jam, it is perfect picnic food.
Preparation 45 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceAustralian
DifficultyExperienced
MethodDeep Fry
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Ingredients

Sweet Bun

  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

To Serve

  • 2 tablespoons fine sugar for dusting
  • 8 teaspoons seedless raspberry jam or your favourite jam
  • 2 cups whipped cream

Directions

Sweet Bun

  • Combine the yeast and milk in a bowl and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Sift together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  • Rub the butter into the flour then add the milk-yeast mixture. Combine and then knead until smooth.
  • Divide into eight buns. Leave to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oil to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Place the fine sugar in a shallow dish.
  • Deep fry each bun, turning when the first side is golden brown. When both sides are golden brown it should be cooked through to the center. This takes about 3 minutes.
  • Immediately after removing the bun from the deep fryer drain briefly on paper towels then roll in the fine sugar.
  • When cool, slice the bun almost through, and spread with jam.
  • Pipe in the cream just before serving.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 133mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 296IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2mg

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