Inspired by the Great British Bake Off – Chelsea buns

I’ve tried to stick to recipes from the actual Bake Off for the last couple of weeks, but this time I moved slightly away from it. There were a few variations on the Chelsea bun, and I very quickly realised that I wanted to do the bun, but in it’s rather more normal form.

It’s worth noting what the other challenges were for this week:

  • Signature dish – Regional buns
  • Technical challenge – Jam doughnuts
  • Showstopper – Celebration loaf

The recipe I went for came from the BBC food site, and seemed reasonably simple – compared to some of the ones I have tried so far!

Step 1 – Ingredients!

Step 2 – Make the dough. Flour, salt, yeast in a bowl. Milk, butter and egg melted added. What do you mean I forgot the egg? Damn. Are eggs important?

Step 3 – Dough left to rise. It rose okay. At this point, I am not panicking about the egg yet, mostly because I haven’t realised it’s missing.

Step 4 – Roll out the dough. It was so springy it took ages to roll out but I got there in the end.

Step 5 – Sprinkle! This was fun. I also quite enjoyed the rolling up process, like making a Swiss roll. It was fun slicing it up and seeing the swirls emerge.

Step 6 – Bake… oh wait. I’ve forgotten to add the egg! What will this mean? Not a lot, it seems. Let’s just eat!

Conclusion – I wasn’t too sure when to take them out the oven, because some of the top (sugar and fruit) was getting a bit too crispy for my liking, whereas the sides weren’t always as brown as I’d have wanted them to be. I gave in and hauled them out the oven, gave them a bit of a glaze, and then we didn’t leave them to cool. They smelt too good.

On first taste, they were yummy. A bit chewy, probably from being a bit doughy, and very sticky. All the melted sugar was enough to jam your mouth right up and your teeth were almost instantly protesting. I really should have waited, because the cooler bun tasted almost perfect. The missing egg doesn’t seem to have made any difference and they were quite yummy!

2 thoughts on “Inspired by the Great British Bake Off – Chelsea buns

  1. I’ve always wanted to make something like this and they look delish! I’m loving this series you’re doing Christine. It’s inspiring me to make more time for baking in my life! 🙂

  2. I watched this show for the first time yesterday and now these blogs make so much sense to me. It really made me want to bake!

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