Festive Chelsea Buns

It’s that time of year where the calories just do not count at all and you can enjoy all them naughty treats and this one is definitely that. I spotted this recipe on Pinterest (original recipe here.)and just NEEDED to make it because it combines a Chelsea bun, a mince pie and marzipan. Basically these are the Christmas edition of a Chelsea Bun.

Are you drooling like I was? Then this is the recipe…

What you need:-

  • 335g Self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 75g Butter
  • 35g Sugar
  • 150ml Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • 200g Marzipan
  • Most of a jar of Mincemeat
  • Icing sugar
  • Water

What to do

Like any recipe, you need to pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 6 and grease your tin of choice (I used a roasting tin just so the bis could rise as much as they needed to without having a waist/delve in them).

Sift (if you can be bothered, I don’t think it makes that much difference tbh), the flour and baking powder in a bowl and add the butter. Rub these together until fine breadcrumbs are formed and add your sugar.

In a measuring bowl mix together the milk and vanilla extract. Using a knife mix the breadcrumb mixture while pouring in the milk mixture until a dough is formed.

Tip your dough onto a floured surface and knead until its nice and smooth.

The recipe I followed said to roll the dough into a long strip but for ease I just rolled it out like I normally would.

Then roll your marzipan out into the same shape and size as your dough and place on top of your dough.

Spread as much of the mincemeat on top of the marzipan as you like. If you have followed any of my other recipes then you know I don’t think you should limit your filling, just use as much as you want.

Roll your slab of goodness together and mark where you are going to cut.

Once you are happy cut your pieces and place them swirl side up in your greased tin (make sure to leave some room because they will expand when they are cooking).

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Once they have cooled mix together some icing sugar and water and pour on top of your swirls.

And that is it. Just serve and enjoy. I did try and take a photo with the swirls on top of a cute wooden sleigh that I have but they didn’t look as nice as they do in the pan. Believe me when I say these are amazing! I need another weekend of baking just to make some more before Christmas.


Kathleen xox

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