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Chelsea Buns

cakes muswell hillThis is my version of a Chelsea bun; I realised the other day that I have never eaten one, so set about rectifying this.

Chelsea buns came about in the 18th century in Chelsea’s Bun House. They are a soft bread based dough flavoured with spices, dried fruits & candied peel with a sticky sweet glaze on top. They are traditionally a square spiral shape (mine turned out a little rounder) & are delicious when they are still warm. To make mine extra tasty & special I added some glacé cherries.



500g strong white plain flour

1 tsp salt

betty mad this7g packet of fast action dried yeast

75g caster sugar

50g butter

225ml warm milk



25g melted butter

1 tsp mixed spice

150g sultanas/raisins/currents

25g mixed peel

25g glace cherries



40g caster sugar

60ml water

1 tsp orange water/extract



  1. Warm the milk & melt the butter into this.
  2. Sift the flour & salt into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the yeast & sugar into this, giving it a mix together.
  4. Pour in the milk & butter mix, then add the egg.
  5. Knead for a few minutes until it becomes a soft, smooth, elastic dough (approx 5 minutes).
  6. Cover this with oiled cling film & leave in a warm place till doubled in size, about an hour.
  7. Knock the dough back & roll it out on a lightly floured surface till 30cm square.
  8. Brush this with the melted butter.
  9. Sprinkle over the sugar, mixed spice & fruits leaving one edge free.
  10. Roll the dough up towards the empty edge, press to seal.
  11. Cut the roll into 12 even sized slices & arrange on a greased, lined baking tray. Place them near each other but not touching.
  12. Leave to rise again for 30-40 minutes, again covered with oiled cling film.
  13. Pop in the oven.
  14. Now make the glaze…Pop the sugar & water in a small saucepan & heat gently till the sugar has dissolved, then boil for 2 minutes.
  15. Once this is syrupy stir in the orange extract.
  16. Brush this over the buns once they have been removed from the oven.


200c/gas 6

20-25 mins

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