Chelsea Buns Recipe

(153 ratings)

Preparation Time30 mins plus proving
Cooking Time30 mins
Total Time1 hours

Is there anything more British then a squidgy Chelsea Bun with a nice cup of tea? If you fancy making you and your family something classically sweet to eat this week give this delicious baking recipe a go and you’ll not regret it. These buns are best eaten within a day of baking – although we’re sure that won’t be a problem!



  • 500g /1lb 2oz white strong bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 15g butter
  • 1 7g sachet Easy bake yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml water

for the filling

  • 50g/2oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 150g raisins and/or sultanas
  • 25g /1oz melted butter

you will need

  • a large baking tray lined with baking parchment


  1. Place the flour, salt and butter in a large mixing bowl, and rub in the butter until it makes crumbs. Stir in the yeast. Warm the milk until it is just hand hot, and add to the flour with the eggs. Beat well until it comes to a soft dough. Turn out onto the work surface and knead for 10 mins by hand (or 5 mins by electric mixer)
  2. Roll out the dough to a rectangle about 30 x 26 cm.
  3. Sprinkle the dough with the sugar, cinnamon and fruit, then roll up like a Swiss roll. Cut into 3cm thick slices and arrange on the baking tray leaving about 2cm between each slice for them to expand.
  4. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 190C, 170C fan, gas 5. Brush with melted butter then bake for 30 mins until golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle with extra caster sugar before serving if liked.