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Chelsea buns with currants arranged neatly on a plate.

Calorie conscious chelsea buns

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These classic Chelsea buns have been made all the more tempting by being made with Half Spoon sugar, meaning they are just 4% fat per bun!

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:10
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the buns

  • 500g 17⅝ oz Strong white bread flour (we use Allinson) Strong white bread flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Salt
  • 1 1 Easy bake yeast sachet (7g) (we use Allinson) Easy bake yeast sachet
  • 300ml 10⅛ fl oz Milk
  • 40g 1½ oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)

For the filling

  • 25g 1 oz Butter (unsalted) melted
  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Half Spoon granulated sugar Half Spoon granulated sugar
  • 2tsp 2tsp Mixed spice
  • 100g 3½ oz Dried mixed fruits

For the glaze

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl make a well in the middle and stir in the yeast.

    Ingredients for this step

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Warm the milk and butter in a small pan until the butter melts and the mixture is lukewarm. Do not overheat the milk.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 300ml 10⅛ fl oz Milk
    • 40g 1½ oz Butter (unsalted) melted
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the milk mixture to the flour, add the egg and stir until the mixture becomes a dough.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range)
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Tip onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for five minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic and does not feel sticky.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough into the bowl and turn until it is covered in the oil. Cover the bowl with cling film and prove in a warm place for one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Lightly grease a baking tray. Knock the dough back and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out into a rectangle 0.5cm thick. Brush all over with the melted butter, then sprinkle over the sugar, mixed spice and dried fruit.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 25g 1 oz Butter (unsalted) melted
    • 2tbsp 2tbsp Half Spoon granulated sugar Half Spoon granulated sugar
    • 2tsp 2tsp Mixed spice
    • 100g 3½ oz Dried mixed fruits
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Preheat the oven to 190°C (fan 170°C, gas mark 5). Roll the dough up into a tight cylinder, and cut ten 4cm slices and place on the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each slice. Cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise for 30 minutes.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Bake the buns in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until risen and golden-brown. Meanwhile, heat the milk and sugar in a saucepan until boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

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  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Remove the buns from the oven and brush with the glaze, then set aside to cool on a wire rack. Eat warm or within a day of baking.