Currant Buns

Five currant buns in the baker's shop,

Big and round with a cherry on top,

Along came Mary with a penny one day,

Bought a currant bun and took it away.

Check out this recipe for currant buns as good as those in the baker's shop!


  • 1/2 cup apple juice, heated to just below the simmering point
  • 1 Tbls of dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups unbleached white flour or bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup currants
  • Milk


  • Cool the apple juice to lukewarm and stir in yeast.
  • In a large bowl, mix together honey and oil.
  • Stir in the yeast mixture.
  • Add oatmeal and mix thoroughly.
  • Beat in eggs and then let set for 10 minutes.
  • Slowly add the whole wheat flour, stirring vigorously.
  • Work in enough of the white flour to make a dough that leaves the side of the bowl clean.
  • Knead in the salt and the currants
  • Continue to knead the dough either in the bowl or on a floured board till the dough becomes elastice.  About 10 minutes.
  • Place dough in a clean oiled bowl, roll in the bowl to oil the top.
  • Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until the dough  doubles in bulk  About 1 hour.
  • Punch the dough down and let rise again to double it's size.  About 30 minutes.
  • Divide into 12 balls and put them on two oiled large steel baking sheets.
  • Use a sharp knife and slash a superficial X across the top of the ball.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place till double their size.
  • Preheat oven to  350 F degrees.
  • Place a pan of water on the bottom shelf in the oven.
  • Bake rolls for 40 minutes, or until the buns sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Remove to a rack and brush with milk.  Allow to cool under a damp cloth.

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