Traditional Chelsea Buns

    1 hour 40 minutes

    A good Chelsea bun takes a while to make but it is worth the effort! All they need is a little butter to serve.

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    Serves: 9 

    • Dough
    • 350g flour
    • 50g sugar
    • pinch salt
    • 10g instant dry yeast
    • 50g butter
    • 1 egg
    • 100ml lukewarm milk
    • 50ml lukewarm water
    • Buns
    • 50g butter
    • 50g sugar
    • 150g mixed dried fruit
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons sugar syrup or honey
    • Icing
    • icing sugar
    • water

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hour rising  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Lightly rub in the butter.
    2. Beat egg and add to the dry ingredients with the milk, while mixing. Add water as necessary to form a smooth dough.
    3. Knead the dough well for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with greased plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes.
    4. Knock down dough and roll out into a 30x25cm rectangle. Spread the butter onto the dough and sprinkle over the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried fruit. Roll up loosely like a Swiss roll. Cut into 9 equal slices and arrange slices onto a greased 23cm square tin or tray. Cover with greased plastic and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
    5. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Brush with syrup or honey while still hot.
    7. For a real treat, make a thin icing by combining icing sugar with a little water and drizzle over buns. When cool, tear into individual buns to serve.

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    Thanks for uploading this recipe really useful !!!!!!  -  12 May 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    what temperature do you bake these at? Am I going silly? cant see an oven temp! next morning... Well, I made them! Cooked at 190degrees for 30 minn. Turned out lovely! Got 14 out of my batch though! Baked them on a round tin and they all came together beautifully, inti what my husband called a chelsea bun crown! Thanks for posting recipe.  -  06 Nov 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    People are usually put of at the sound of making chelsea buns crossaints etc because they look really hard but yeterday ( Saturday the 11th of may 2013) i had a first attempt at making chelsea buns and it was extremley easy and fun to make i strongly recommend you make them because they puff up gorgeously and are really soft and bouncy  -  12 May 2013  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)