Hi, so it’s mid November and the excitement for Christmas in our house is definitely building. We all love Christmas, even though we still have our daughter’s and my birthday to celebrate in December, before Christmas. These amazing Homemade Chelsea Buns are perfect for baking any time of the year, but especially in the run up to Christmas. The scent of cinnamon and bread, filling the house as these buns bake in the oven.
I love the build up to Christmas. Stir up Sunday when we make our Christmas cake, advent calenders, present shopping, decorations. Spending time with friends and family, getting excited together.
As a family we all love each single thread that pulls together and makes a complete Christmas. The spicy scents, wafting from the kitchen, that evoke memories and shared experiences.
Our children (and their parents!) love these Chelsea Buns with a big mug of steaming coffee, or hot chocolate, for breakfast. Unravelling the light, spiced dough and uncovering juicy, plump, sweet, fruits. Sticky and sweet. Completely irresitable.
One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to sneak downstairs, whilst everyone else is still asleep and make something scrumptious for breakfast.
Well that is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t sleep, so I snuck into the kitchen, fuelled by hot cups of tea and baked these Homemade Chelsea Buns.
Ooh, everyone was so happy when they awoke to the scent of home cooking and found a big plate of warm buns, waiting to be devoured, on the table.
Unfortunately, due to the early morning light, the photos weren’t great. Shame eh? So I made these again during the day and they were gone by the following afternoon!! Happily I had snapped some photos, before they were all munched.
I wouldn’t want you to limit making these only over the festive season. They are however, a wonderful warm up to full on Christmas cooking and baking. Here’s how:
Recipe: Makes 12 Homemade Chelsea Buns
450g/1lb Strong Plain White Flour
3tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
250ml/8fl oz Whole Milk – at room temperature
1 Large Egg – I use free range
50g/2oz Unsalted Butter
3tsp Caster Sugar
225g/8oz Dried Mixed Fruits – if you are not a fan of vine fruits, dried figs, dates, apricots and cranberries all work extremely well in this recipe.
100g/4oz Soft, Light Brown Sugar
Method: You will need a buttered 10″ x 12″ baking tin at least 1.5″ deep.
In the bowl of a bread maker or a stand mixer, with a dough hook attached, add the milk, lightly beaten egg, 1/2tsp caster sugar and yeast.
Add the flour, salt and butter.
Switch the bread maker cycle to dough and press start.
With a stand mixer, lower the dough hook and mix on medium speed until all the ingredients are combined. Continue mixing for a further 5 minutes. Turn the mixer off. Place all the dough into the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave until doubled in size – approx. 1 hour.
Whilst the dough is proving mix the dried fruit, sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl. Set to one side.
When the bread maker has completed its dough cycle, restart for 2 minutes, to mix and knock back the dough.
With the stand mixer, once the dough has doubled in size, remove the cloth and mix with the dough hook attached for 2 minutes, again to knock back the dough.
The rectangle should be 12″ x 9″ ( 30cm x 22.5cm)
Cover with a clean cloth, leave in a draught free place until doubled in size – approx. 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 190C/175C fan, 10 minutes before the buns are ready.
Place the tin in the middle of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. The buns are cooked when they are golden and well risen.
Use a pallet knife to loosen the buns from the side of the tin.
Have a cooling rack handy. Place a baking sheet over the buns and invert. Place the cooling rack over the base of the buns on the baking sheet and invert again.
Ta dah – beautifully baked Homemade Chelsea Buns. Sprinkle over the rest of the caster sugar.
Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
Time to delve in and devour a bun. They are absolutely delicious warm. Whether it’s a family breakfast around the table, or after a long afternoon walk, these Homemade Chelsea Buns are perfect at any time!
Do you enjoy the build up to Christmas, or does it seem a daunting, impossible task?
How about baking a batch of these buns, sitting down with a pad, pen and cuppa and making a list of all that needs to be done. Don’t forget to delegate.
I learned the hard way, not delegating and ended up completely stressed out and unwell last Christmas. This year things are going to be very different. I’ve also found that family and friends enjoy helping out with the build up and on the main day itself.
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