Banana & cinnamon whirls

Make two, freeze one! Have fun cooking up two batches of these scrumptious buns and pop one in the freezer so you always have a treat to hand!

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:25 mins
    Plus rising time
  • Serves 18
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 191
  • fat 4g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 36g
  • sugars 18g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 0.32g


  • 225g strong white flour
  • 225g malted granary bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 7g sachet easy-blend yeast
  • 150ml warm milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100-150ml warm water
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 medium bananas
  • 200g dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • zest 1 orange
  • 4 tbsp runny honey


  1. Mix the flours and salt together in a large bowl, then stir in the sugar and yeast. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the warm milk, beaten egg, olive oil and enough of the water to form a soft, wet dough.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 10 mins until smooth. Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled cling film, then leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. The dough is now ready to be shaped.

  3. Lightly butter a 20cm square baking tin. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 30cm x 25cm and brush with melted butter.

  4. Thinly slice bananas into a bowl and mix in apricots, sugar, cinnamon and orange zest. Spoon mix over the dough, leaving a finger-width border.

  5. Roll the dough towards you from the long side of the rectangle, tucking in any banana that falls out. Press ends together to seal. With a sharp knife, cut into 9 pieces and place, cut side up, in the tin, just touching each other. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and set aside in a warm place to rise for 30 mins.

  6. Heat oven to 200C/fan180C/gas 6. Warm the honey in a pan or in the microwave on High for 5 secs, then brush half over the buns. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins before removing to a cooling rack. Brush with the remaining honey then pull apart to serve.

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