Google Buns Faraway Tree

Google Buns

Recently the whole family enjoyed reading the trilogy of The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and one thing that caught my imagination was eating Google Buns so I decided to have a go at making some.

A quick search online showed me that Emma from Mummy Mummy Mum had the same idea last year and she chose to make cupcakes. There were some brilliant ideas in her comments from other bloggers too but I wanted an old fashioned bun as the base for mine.

I used my breadmaker to make the dough for a sweet bun and then before I put them into the oven to rise I added my Google centre carefully sealing the dough around it.

20 minutes rise time and 15 minutes cooking our buns made the perfect afternoon treat after school and we talked about our favourite book again too.

Google Buns - The Faraway Tree
A sweet bun with a currant and popping candy filling to try and recreate Moonface's delicious Google Buns from The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
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  1. For the dough
  2. 450g strong white flour
  3. 2 tbsp sugar
  4. 75g butter
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1 medium egg
  7. 250 ml milk
  8. 1 tsp yeast
  9. For the filling
  10. Currants and popping candy
  11. For glace icing
  12. 100g icing sugar
  13. 1 tbsp water
  14. Decoration
  15. Multicoloured letters and a sprinkle of popping candy.
  1. I used my Panasonic breadmaker to make the dough so all of the dough ingredients above were placed in the bread pan in the order listed and menu 16 was used for 2 hours and 20 mins
  2. Divide the dough into 12 pieces.
  3. Flatten slightly and place 1 tsp currants in the centre, sprinkle with 1 tsp popping candy and close the dough around the filling sealing it with a pinch.
  4. Place on a greased tray and prove in the oven at 40C/105F until doubled in size - about 20 minutes
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 220C/425F/Gas mark 7 for 15 minutes
  6. Cool on a baking rack and then coat with glace icing. Sprinkle on the letters and popping candy before the icing sugar dries
  1. This was an experiment so still a work in progress -
  2. The popping candy in the centre didn't pop after cooking but I could hear it popping whilst they were proving.
  3. Next time I will divide the dough into 12 as the buns were too big for children. (I divided into 8 this time)
  4. I think the currants would be better amalgamated in the dough as in a hot cross bun recipe
  5. One of my twins did not like the popping candy (on the top) as it 'made a horrible noise in her mouth'
Adapted from Moonface
Adapted from Moonface
Adding the filling

Google Buns

and just out of the oven they looked like this

Google Buns

Tasty Tuesdays on


  1. Ooooh Mari, they look amazing!!! Why didn’t I think of an actual bun?

  2. Oh how clever! Did you get a pop when you bit into them?

  3. Ooh I’ve always wondered if the popping candy would still work after baking. I loved this idea when I first saw it and forgot to make it – what a fab activity for children reading the Magic Faraway Tree.

    I’m still waiting for someone to invent the Toffee Shock though ;)

  4. These are brilliant! We loved reading these books recently, I never thought of trying to make some but I know my son would love to, thanks for sharing! (Love your adapted from Moon Face note!)

  5. Mari these are awesome! I’ve never heard of them before but will definitely be trying them out now! :)

  6. Ooh fab idea to recreate these! Do I recall there were some yummy sounding biscuits in the books too?

  7. The faraway tree was one of my very favourite things to read growing up – it just makes the imagination go wild.
    The google buns look amazing and so much fun – pop biscuits next please ;)

  8. Popping candy in buns is GENIUS! Imagine not telling people they had popping candy in, what a fun little game that would be.

  9. Love love love on many levels!

  10. Ooooh what a brilliant idea

  11. Gorgeous buns and the Faraway Tree has just brought back so many wonderful memories! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays. Please do add the badge or link back if you can! Thanks

  12. Wow, they look so yummy! I can’t resist such a temptation…


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