Blackberry Skillet Overnight Buns (Bread Machine)

picture of blackberry buns in a skillet


This recipe for blackberry skillet overnight buns was originally published on The Culinary Jumble.

There’s something fundamentally awesome about overnight buns. You wake up in the morning and there you have it: buns already made with the tiresome hard work long behind you. The only thing left to do is pop them in the oven and then devour them.


picture of blackberry buns in a skillet


My other secret love is skillets. Pretty much anything can be cooked or baked in a skillet. Along with these blackberry skillet overnight buns I’ve also put it to good use making focaccia bread and giant cinnamon buns. It’s also great for stews.


picture of blackberry buns in a skillet


Apart from being baked in a skillet, these are just regular overnight buns. I used blackberries in mine but any fruit would work. 



Blackberry Skillet Overnight Buns (Bread Machine)

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 buns


  • 1 egg
  • 50g butter chopped
  • 230 milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 400g spelt flour (see notes)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 7g dried yeast
  • pinch of salt

Blackberry Filling

  • 200g blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • icing sugar (as much as needed)
  • 1 tablespoon water


  • Add the egg, butter, milk and oil to your bread machine tin. Next, add the flour, sugar, yeast and salt (keeping the yeast and salt at opposite sides of the pan). Set your machine to make the dough (only). In a pan, heat the blackberries, vanilla sugar and sugar together. Cook on a medium heat for around 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the berries are nice and soft.
  • When the dough is ready, roll it out into a long rectangular shape with the shorter sides about half the length of the longer sides. Have the shorter length towards you. Spread the blackberry mixture all over the dough, but leaving approximately a 1cm edge all the way round. Very carefully, roll up from the edge facing you, as tight as you can, until you have a fat roll. Place the seam facing down. Slice into 6 or 8 buns. Most methods for making buns usually state that you should roll the long side; however, this time, I wanted super thick buns and did it this way for that reason.
  • Grease a fairly small skillet or baking dish. Place the buns very close to each other. There should be space for all of them to fit in but it will be a squeeze. This forces he bread has to rise up rather than spread out, resulting in higher buns. Cover with clingfilm and place in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, remove the buns from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature (about an hour or so). Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF) and bake for around 20 minutes. Don't be alarmed if some of them really pop up and the blackberries ooze out - it's all part of the charm. The buns are ready when they are a nice golden brown colour on top.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a while. Mix one tablespoon of water with just enough icing sugar to make a runny drizzle. Dollop it all over the buns and serve while they are still warm. Enjoy!


The instructions above are for a bread machine. Results can't be guaranteed if you make the buns by hand.
  1. If you'd like to use regular or bread flour, use 420g instead of the 400g mentioned
  2. I use grams in my recipes as weighing ingredients is the most accurate method. However, if cups are your thing, you can convert my measurements at Cook it Simply.



Blackberry Skillet Overnight Buns (Bread Machine)

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