ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chelsea Buns (A Bit Like Cinnamon Rolls, But Tastier)

Updated on May 17, 2015
Source

So What Exactly is a Chelsea Bun?

Smelling the homely comforting aroma of freshly baked sticky Chelsea buns in a bakery is one of the most delicious experiences! But even better is having this smell in your own home, with the satisfaction of baking these buns all by yourself.

Chelsea Buns are made from enriched dough and rolled into spirals, filled with juicy raisins and topped with a sugary glaze. They are warm, soft, fruity, sweet and sticky!

To enhance the sticky bun experience, you can unroll your bun from its spiral as you eat it - messy but lip smackingly satisfying! These buns are especially good with a strong cup of coffee or tea mid morning. They are very similar to a cinnamon roll, but sooo much better!

Read on to see how to make these gorgeous sticky sweet buns and the history of the Chelsea buns recipe. The recipe is easy to make but involves time and love, but you will reap the rewards!

Why is this Bun Called "Chelsea"?

The Chelsea Bun is so called because it comes from Chelsea, London! In fact where the Chelsea Bun was first invented and baked was called the Chelsea Bun house but this area in modern London is now Pimlico.

A
Chelsea:
Chelsea, London, UK

get directions

B
Pimlico:
Pimlico, Pimlico, London SW1V, UK

get directions

The History of the Chelsea Bun House

A 300 Year Old Bun!

The original recipe for Chelsea buns originates from the early 1700s in Chelsea, London. They were first baked in the Old Chelsea Bun House, where they got their name and became immensely popular. London's nobility and gentry would pay a visit to the Old Bun House on route to the nearby Renelagh Pleasure Gardens. Even King George II and later King George III (mad King George) were fans! Four generations of the Hands family ran the Old Bun House and acquired some celebrity from it; their buns have been mentioned in Charles Dickens' books 'Barnaby Rudge' (Chapter 42) and 'Bleak House' (Chapter 53). The Hands family furnished the bun house with paintings, curiosities and modern antiques, which also drew in the customers in droves.

The Old Chelsea Bun House was open for century and a half. When the Renelagh Gardens closed, business declined for the Old Bun House and eventually was closed in 1839 when the building was demolished. Another bun house opened in its place, but didn't have the charm of the original establishment and was not as popular.

The Chelsea Bun House was situated at the end of Jew's Row, near Grovesnor Road - both of which no longer exist. Chelsea was quite a rural area then; you could reach the Bun House by walking over fields. Pimlico (quite near to what is now Chelsea) is now said to be the approximate place where the Bun House once stood.

This article about the Chelsea Bun House is from "The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 11" published in 1839. This is just one page from the article about the Chelsea Bun House, if you want to read the second page click the image below.

The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 11, 1839
The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 11, 1839 | Source

Ingredients for this Easy Bun Recipe... - time to go shopping...

My favorite recipe for Chelsea buns comes from a Good Housekeeping (magazine) recipe, and it is brilliant!

This will take about 30 minutes to prepare and then 1 to 2 hours waiting time for the dough to rise. The cooking time is 25 to 30 minutes.

The Chelsea buns can be frozen, but unglazed.

  • 450g/1lb strong white bread flour

  • 5ml/1 tsp salt

  • 50g/2oz caster sugar

  • 7g sachet of fast action dried yeast

  • 125g/4oz butter

  • 200ml/7 fl oz warmed milk

  • 1 free range egg, beaten

  • Grated rind zest of 1 orange or lemon

  • 50g/2oz Sultanas and 50g/2oz of mixed candied peel

    (or substitute the peel for currants if you prefer)

  • 50g/2oz of almonds or hazelnuts, roughly chopped

  • For the glaze: 50g/2oz caster sugar and 5ml/1tsp of orange flower water

  • Optional - half a teaspoon of ground mixed spice to add to the dough

Source

So Lets Get Baking a Batch of Chelsea Buns - There is nothing more satisfying than kneading dough!

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Mix in the dried yeast. Rub in half of the butter and half of the sugar.

  2. In another bowl, mix together the milk and egg. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and stir in the mixed egg/milk. Mix to a soft dough with a round bladed knife, adding more milk if the dough is dry or add a little more flour if the mixture is sticky. Knead for 5-10 mins on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  3. Place the dough into a large oiled bowl, cover with oiled clingfilm and leave the dough to rise in a warm place. This will take about 1 to 2 hours until it is doubled in size.

  4. Then, turn out the dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly until smooth. Then roll out into a 30cm/12 inch square.

  5. Cream the remaining butter and sugar and dot over the dough, leaving a border of about 2.5cm/1 inch around the edge. Then fold in half and roll out again to 30cm/12 inches.

  6. Sprinkle the last remaining sugar, sultanas, nuts, peel and spice (if you are using it) over the dough, leaving a border. Roll up like a Swiss roll.

  7. Cut the roll into 12 slices. Arrange cut side up in a greased tin measuring 23 x 38cm/9 x 12 inch. Cover with oiled cling film and leave the buns to prove in a warm place until they are double in size and touching each other. This takes about 15-20 minutes.

  8. Bake at 200C/400F for 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  9. For the glaze, dissolve the 50g of sugar in 75ml/3 fl.oz of water over a low heat. Then bring to the boil for about 5 minutes until it turns syrupy. Add in the orange flower water. Then brush over the warm buns.

    Pull apart and serve warm. Enjoy!

The Result! Soft, Warm, Fruity Chelsea Buns! Yummy!

Source

The Best and Stickiest Chelsea Buns in England

Fitzbillies bakery in Cambridge is considered to be the best place for Chelsea buns. Established in 1922, Fitzbillies claims that it produces the worlds stickiest Chelsea bun - and I can attest that they are indeed! Their buns are sublime! You can now mail order Fitzbillies buns straight to your door - where ever you may live in the world.

Fitzbillies Famous Chelsea Buns

Source

The Chelsea Bun Song!

This song was sung by an 80 year old man in 1898, who said his father used to sing it to him. I love the lyrics, but have no idea what the tune was!

As I went to Chelsea one day

I met a pretty fair maid on the highway

I asked to salute her, but this was her tune

Why can't you be easy and leave me alone?

I say my sweet creature

I'm not in for fun

If you come to the bun house

I'll buy you a bun

Oh no! she replied

I've money enough of my own

To buy half a hundred

So leave me alone

I followed her, I followed her field after field

After persuading I brought her to yield

Next day I was wed, and she altered her tune

For she teases me now if I leave her alone

Do you like a Chelsea Bun with a Nice Cup of Coffee? - or a Chelsea bun for breakfast, lunch, dinner....

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      seosmm 

      5 years ago

      These look really good! Can't wait to try them!

    • LornsA178 profile image

      LornsA178 

      6 years ago

      These look good! I would love to try making this one day. Yummy!

    • TheresaMarkham profile image

      TheresaMarkham 

      6 years ago

      Oh my gosh! Like I'm supposed to be able to think about anything else now?!!!

    • CottageHomestead profile image

      CottageHomestead 

      6 years ago

      I think I can smell these through the screen! :)

    • profile image

      TheDeeperWell 

      6 years ago

      I was surfing Squidoo for wildflower lenses, found the English bluebell...and somehow ended up with the Chelsea bun...yum! Love your photos of these, they are torturing without been able to have taste.

    • Gypzeerose profile image

      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Okay - we are going to definitely try this at our house, maybe for the weekend breakfast. Better than cinnamon rolls? MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • edecas4 profile image

      Ellen de Casmaker 

      6 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      One of my favorite treats. Your photos are great - make me want to make some right now.

    • cinstress profile image

      cinstress 

      6 years ago

      sounds yummy

    • GypsyPirate LM profile image

      GypsyPirate LM 

      7 years ago

      You had me at raisins - these look great!!

    • chezchazz profile image

      Chazz 

      7 years ago from New York

      Reading this lens I could swear I smelled these fresh from the oven! Blessed on the Squid Angels Epic Back To School Bus Trip Quest. Your lens will be featured on âWing-ing it on Squidoo,â our lensography of some of the best Squidoo has to offer, as soon as the quest has been completed.

    • pheonix76 profile image

      pheonix76 

      7 years ago from WNY

      Wow, these look so delicious. :P Your recipe sounds great....I like that you called for a "free range" egg! Wonderful lens.

    • Paul Ward profile image

      Paul 

      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I use cinnamon rather than mixed spice for Chelsea Buns

    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I hadn't realised Chelsea Buns were so easy to make

    • oztoo lm profile image

      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Those pictures are making me hungry. Wonderful lens and love the background information on chelsea buns.

    • callinsky lm profile image

      callinsky lm 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful. It makes me so hungry. You all are killing me with these recipes.

    • jptanabe profile image

      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes! Mmm, those Chelsea Buns are mouthwatering delicious looking. Wish I had some to go with my tea right now!

    • sheriangell profile image

      sheriangell 

      8 years ago

      My mouth is watering! Lovely lens.

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      I haven't had a Chelsea Bun in years. Now you've made me wonder why on earth not?! Love this Chelsea bun lens... delicious!

    • profile image

      aishu19 

      8 years ago

      SO that is what those are called..yea I like them as they do taste a little fruity....

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)