Thursday, March 18, 2010

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~Golden Raisin Buns

I'm flashing back to November to show you a favorite recipe of mine called Golden Raisin Buns. I got the recipe from Taste of Home years ago and make them from time to time..but not too often because I can eat each and every one of them in one sitting. They are so light and fluffy they fool you into thinking your eating nothing. They are essentially a cream puff without the cream and a sweet glaze instead.

Every time I make them it reminds me of The Our Gang Little Rascals shows where they would show some of the rascals stuffing cream puffs in their mouth and the cream would be all over their faces and fingers. Funny...they looked to wonderful when they were eating them but I'm not a big fan of the cream filled ones. Now these Raisin Buns are a different story...I probably look just like one of the Little Rascals when I'm eating them. I always wanted to look like Darla...but I probably look more like Spanky!!! lol Try as hard as I might I couldn't find a pic of them eating Cream Puffs..but this is probably them washing them down with some milk!

Golden Raisin Buns
From Taste of Home April/May 1996

  • 2 cups hot water, divided
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • ICING:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl, pour 1 cup of water over raisins; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain; set raisins aside. In a large saucepan, bring butter, sugar, salt and remaining water to a boil. Add flour all at once; stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; beat by hand for 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until mixture is well blended, about 3 minutes. Stir in the raisins. Drop by tablespoons 2-in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack. For icing, melt the butter in a small saucepan; stir in the cream. Remove from the heat; add sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Spread on buns while still warm. Serve warm if desired. Yield: 20 servings.

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Kristen said...

Those buns sound wonderful as they are, but I can also imagine them filled with cream or drizzled with caramel. I love the idea of raisins in a choux pastry!

Thibeault's Table said...

OOOH, one (okay, 3 or 4) would go perfect with my morning coffee. Wish I could reach through the screen.

I need to make these the next time Matt visits. But I will have to leave out the raisins.

Kathleen said...

Put lots of raisins in mine, I love them. And I'll take you vream puffs too..and then a treadmill terminally!
They look good and Our Gang brought a big smile to my face!
Have a great weekend, Suzy!

Kathleen said...

uh, that would be cream!

Foley said...

Looking good Suzy!! I never make raisin anything cuz I'm the only one that likes them!
The Our Gang pic brought back memories...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Ohhh, these look so good! I'll take the raisins too ;)

I love that picture of Our Gang! There are days when Mack looks like Alfalfa ;)

Patty said...

These look fantastic! I'm going to try them with cranberries instead of raisins, thanks for posting the recipe!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, love your flashbacks ... I love cream puffs in any form with or without cream. Yours look fabulous; I love raisins. I can relate to eating all of them; it would be easy to do since they're so light and airy.

Cute pic of the Little Rascals. The complete 8-disc set of The Little Rascals is the Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day. How ironic is that?

Dishesdone said...

I LOVE THE LITTLE RASCALS! Have em all on VHS, thanks for the heads up on the DVD's! Even went so far as to dress up as Alfalfa for Halloween when the kids were small! Great flashback, Suzy, those raisin buns look fantastic!

Kate said...

Oh dear...these look way too good! I am so going to make these...I know I will have to share with the neighbors!

Sherry said...

I am sorry. I added my post and I didn't have a flashback in it but I will tell you in this comment. My very first cookbook ever was a Betty Crocker cookbook for children. One of the things I made as a young girl were these Bisquick short breads. I haven't made them since until this week. I still have that cookbook. I tried as many recipes out of it that Mom would let me buy the ingredients for. I like the way you linked food with memories. All my memories are pretty much tied in some way to food. Will participate again in your Flashback Friday, neat idea.
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Michael Lee West said...

Oh, these look wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe and I hope you have a great weekend!

A Grain of Salt said...

Hmm, I wonder how those would be without raisins. Great, I bet, because they look so good! Nice job, Suzy.

Debbie said...

Suzy, oh boy do those buns look yummy! Raisins in mine please :-)
It's funny that you should mention cream puffs as they are on my menu for the near future. My co-worker just reminded me of the recipe I gave her over ten years ago, so now I have to start making cream puffs again.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

This whole experience is just so delightful! I just discovered your lovely blog and would like to partake with Flash Back Friday..,

Those roses on you blog banner are utterly exquisite!

(First I have to think about what I may have posted that may qualify for your blog party meme).

Your sticky buns look very yummy!

Do pop over anytime to visit my blog!

Cheers from Wanda lee @ The Plumed Pen

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