Sticky iced buns

Kelewele cinnamon buns

  • Serves 6-7 as a brunch
  • Easy

Soft buns filled with buttery spiced sugar and glazed with pink hibiscus icing, this Ghanaian speciality makes for an epic tear 'n' share brunch


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Zoe Adjonyoh says: “This simple recipe is elevated with Ghanaian savoury and sweet notes (that might remind you of pumpkin spice) and an easy hibiscus glaze. You can play around with the glaze, as you can be inventive with the liquid used. Hibiscus powder is great because it’s hot pink, completely natural, and has hidden antioxidants.”




  • plain flour 350g, plus extra for dusting
  • caster sugar 50g
  • fast-action dried yeast 7g sachet
  • whole milk 120ml
  • unsalted butter 50g, plus extra for the tin
  • egg 1 large
  • vegetable oil for the bowl


  • unsalted butter 45g, melted and cooled
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • ground ginger 1 tsp
  • ground cloves ½ tsp
  • ground nutmeg ½ tsp
  • soft dark brown sugar 50g


  • icing sugar 100g
  • vanilla extract ½ tsp
  • sobolo (cooled hibiscus tea) or milk (for unflavoured icing) 1½ tbsp


  • Step 1

    To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and 1 tsp of salt in a bowl. Set aside. Tip the milk, 60ml of water and the butter into a pan. Heat until the butter has melted and the mix is warm (about 43C if you have a thermometer). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and gently stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the egg and stir until a soft, semi-sticky dough forms. Lightly flour a worksurface and your hands. Tip out the dough and knead for 2-3 minutes. Lightly oil a bowl, add the dough, cover loosely and leave to rest for 10-15 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Roll the dough out into a 35cm x 20cm rectangle. Brush with the butter. Combine the spices and sugar, and sprinkle all over. Roll the rectangle up tightly from a long edge. Cut into 14 pieces (each should be about 2½ cm wide). Lightly butter an 18cm round cake tin. Arrange the pieces, spiral-side up, in the tin. Cover and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled in size.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned, then leave to cool until just warm. For the icing, whisk together the sugar, vanilla and sobolo or milk. Drizzle over the rolls, and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 430
  • Fat 13.6g
  • Saturates 8.1g
  • Carbs 68.2g
  • Sugars 29.6g
  • Fibre 2.4g
  • Protein 7.4g
  • Salt 0.8g