The Great Australian Bake Off

Try these delicious citrus finger buns by The Great Australian Bake Off contestant Monica.


  • Finger buns

  • 6 cups bakers’ flour

  • 8 teaspoons dried yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • Fine zest a lemon

  • A few drops lemon essence

  • 2 cups warm water

  • Glaze

  • 2 teaspoons gelatine powder

  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar

  • 2 tablespoons hot water

  • Dash lemon essence

  • Frosting

  • Zest 1 mandarin

  • Juice 1 mandarin

  • 2 cups sifted icing sugar

  • Filling - optional

  • 300mls thickened cream

  • 1 tbs sifted icing sugar

  • Extras

  • Candied clementine or candied oranges

  • Candied Cedro

  • 1 packed orange blossom fairy floss

  • 1 packed blood orange meringues


  • 1.

    For the finger buns, add 8 teaspoons dried yeast, 2 cups of warm water and 6 tablespoons of caster sugar into mixer bowl. Then add 6 cups of bakers’ flour, fine grated zest of 1 lemon, a few drops of lemon essence, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons oil and mix with dough hook for as long as 5 minutes. Weigh it – 100 grams per bun. Prove covered in cling wrap for 20 to 30 minutes. When proved, turn oven on to 200°C and put buns in oven for the warm up. Check on buns in 15 minutes. Make glaze when they are due to come out – brush with glaze while hot. Whip up 300mls thickened cream and 1 tbs sifted icing sugar and chill.

  • 2.

    For the glaze, mix 2 teaspoons gelatin powder, 2 tablespoons of caster sugar, 2 tablespoons of hot water. Add a dash of lemon essence when buns are ready to come out of the oven.

  • 3.

    For the frosting, mix mandarin zest, mandarin juice and sifted icing sugar to right thickness, add in a drop of gold colour. Make a small batch with lemon and set aside. When cooled – slice on the diagonal – fill with whipped cream. Spread on mandarin icing. Dot on white icing and create hearts.

  • 4.

    Finish off with a twist of fairy floss, a blood orange meringue, and cubes of Cedro and a slice of candied clementines.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (18 servings)

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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