Chelsea Buns

This is a bake I did a while ago, in fact, I made them the day before the men’s Olympic cycling road race. The race went past our house early on a Saturday morning and I wanted something we could take out with us to eat while we waited. 

 My mister has been requesting buns for a while, and I thought this would be a perfect combination, as buns are quite traditional I turned to Mrs Beeton for inspiration, here is the recipe if you would like it. 

Total Time: 2 hours

Number of servings: 8

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  • Butter for greasing
  • 200g plain flour plus extra for kneading
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 100ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1/2 packet of dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 75g currants
  • 25g mixed peel
  • 50g soft light brown sugar
  • Honey for drizzling


  1. Grease a baking sheet or roasting tin. Sift 35g of flour and the sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, warm the milk until lukewarm and sprinkle over the yeast, pour this mixture into the flour and beat well. Leave the mixture in a warm place for 20 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, sift the remaining flour and salt into a bowl, rub in 12g butter then beat in the egg. When the flour and yeast is ready add it to the egg mixture and mix until it forms a dough.
  3. Flour a surface and kneed for about 6 minutes until it is no longer sticky, don't forget to flour your hands! Return to the bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
  4. Have a tea break and weight out the rest of the ingredients. When ready, roll the dough out onto a floured surface to 25cm square, melt the remaining butter and brush over, sprinkle with the fruit and sugar. Roll it all up and cut into 8 portions.
  5. Up end the rolls, so you can see the swirl and place on your prepared sheet/tin, Place them only 2cm apart so that they join together in the oven. Cover with cling film again and leave to rise in a warm place for 30 mins. Preheat your oven to 220'c.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown as below. Warm some honey before they finish in the oven, so it is easy to brush over when they come out the oven.
  7. Allow to cool as much as you can, and then enjoy!


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