Chelsea Buns are a big part of my past and I have had a love/hate relationship with them through most of my youth, but as an adult and whilst living back in S.A. I used to indulge in this sweet pleasure as often as I felt the need to have some cinnamony sweet goodness between my teeth!
Today I want to share my recipe for these delights with you.
This is one of those recipes that I thought I would never be able to create on my own as I had only ever bought them, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make.
For these you will need:
500g Flour (I used white, but next time I will be combining with brown)
1 tsp salt
1 sachet of dry yeast (7g)
300ml milk (plus an extra 4 Tbsp for the glaze)
65g unsalted butter
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
100g raisins or sultanas
4 Tbsp Caster sugar
- Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl, add the yeast.
- Place 40g of butter in a pan and start to heat. As the butter starts to melt add the milk and stir until the butter is completely melted.
- Add the milk/butter mix plus the egg to the flour and mix until a dough forms.
- Remove from bowl and place on a well floured surface and knead the dough. You may need to add a little more flour. The dough is the right consistency when it no longer sticks to your hands when kneading.
- Oil a bowl and place the dough into this bowl, turning it in the bowl so as to coat all sides with the oil.
- Cover with a lid or cling film and allow to double in size.
- Once doubled, remove from the bowl and punch back down. Roll out into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
- Melt the left over 25g butter and spread over the surface.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon, the sugar and the raisins over the surface and then roll up tightly into a log.
- Cut into 12 pieces and lay flat on a baking tray with baking paper.
- Cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 180° C
- Place the buns in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Whilst the buns are in the oven, make the glaze - take the 4Tbsp Milk and Caster sugar, place in a pan and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for 1-3 minutes.
- Remove the buns from the oven and spoon the glaze over each bun.
- Allow to cool and enjoy with a nice cup of sugary tea ;)