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Croissant Buns with Harissa Olive filling

Fouzia Husainy
These Croissant buns are just divine! Their soft flaky texture, their sweet savoury taste, the distinct flavour of the black seed and as you dig your teeth into them there's more bursting flavour from the tuna harissa and green olive filling. They make a very good snack or you could serve them as an appetizer at a party. They would disappear in no time. And it's so easy to make them. 
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 30 mins
Resting time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian, French


  • 3 Cups All Purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 X250ml Sour Cream
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White for glaze


  • 1 Tuna Can
  • 1/2 Cup Green Olives sliced
  • 1-2 Tsp
  • Harissa Paste
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper as required


  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift together salt, pepper and baking powder with the all purpose flour to aerate it.
  • Cut Chilled butter into cubes. Pulse the flour mixture with the butter in a food processor till it becomes crumbly.
  • Mix together the egg and the sour cream and then add it to the crumbly mixture in the food processor. Pulse a few times till it comes together and forms a soft dough.
  • Remove, divide into two parts, place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rest for an hour.
  • Meanwhile empty the tuna can into a bowl. Drain and squeeze out the water as much as possible. Add salt, pepper and 1 tbs olive oil. Flake with a fork to mix everything well. Add the Harissa paste and drizzle the remaining 2 tbs olive oil, then flake again. Keep aside.
  • Take one part of the dough and roll into a ball, then on a pastry board dusted with flour flatten it with a rolling pin into a circle 12 inches in diameter. ┬áCut the circle into 8 equal triangles. Divide the filling into 16 portions, place one portion on each of the triangles at the base as in the picture above.
  • Take two corners of the triangle base and join them together as in the picture above. Then fold the base and roll it over while tucking the filling inside. Roll neatly again till the tip of the triangle like a croissant.
  • Glaze with egg wash, sprinkle black seeds on top then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for 30 - 35 minutes till golden.
  • Remove from the oven, let them cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes till they are warm enough to bite into them.
  • Enjoy these yummy stuffed croissant buns with a cup of hot tea.


1. Do not over knead the pastry dough.
2. Chill the filling before stuffing the croissants.
3. The filling should be neither too dry nor very moist.
4. Chill the croissant buns before baking for best results.
Keyword Croissant buns, stuffed croissant buns, Tuna Olive stuffed pastries, Tuna stuffed croissant buns
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