Inspired by the Great British Bake Off - Chelsea buns

Published September 29, 2012

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!

Chelsea buns

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?

Chelsea buns

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.

Chelsea buns

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

Chelsea buns

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.

Chelsea buns

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!

Chelsea buns

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!

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