These large, buttery rolls are my family's favorite Christmas tradition. We eat them on Christmas morning under the tree!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle the yeast over 1/4 cup of warm water in a small bowl and stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar. The water should be no more than 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.

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  • Sift together the flour and salt. Cut in 3/4 cup butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Bring the milk to a boil; remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup sugar. Cool until the milk is lukewarm, no more than 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). Pour the milk and yeast mixture into the flour. Add the eggs and mix well to form a soft, sticky dough.

  • Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Add more flour a tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) until doubled in volume, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Roll the dough into a square on a floured surface. Brush the dough with the melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the raisins. Roll up the dough to form a log, pinching the seam to seal.

  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  • Cut the log into slices about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place the slices in the prepared pan and let them rise for 30 minutes. Beat the egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of water to form an egg wash. Brush the buns with egg wash.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the buns are golden brown and the centers are set, about 25 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

492.8 calories; 10.1 g protein; 73.4 g carbohydrates; 101.1 mg cholesterol; 334.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2009
This is an interesting variation on the original Chelsea Bun recipie. The original itself is also a variation on the old Bath Bun recipies of long ago Chelsea England. In Gravenherst Ontariao near the Muskoga region the Gravenherst Bakery is known for its authentic Chelsea which is made in the form of a loaf actually several sliced rolls laid together closely in a pan. The big difference is the use of currants vs raisons and 3/4 cup brown sugar divided instead of the white sugar called for here and topping prepared in the pan before laying in the slices. The topping is made with 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tbs water 2 Tbs butter all melter together and boiled for two minutes; pour in pan bottom scatter with pecan halves and merischino cherry slices then place slices of Chelsea and let raise to double in size again before baking. Flip over on sheet of aluminum foil when done. Also authentic Chelsea is folded and rolled out into a rectagle twice adding filling each time before final roll up and slicing. The Gravenherst Barkery is gone now but used to supply its Chelsea to the RMS Seguine which sailed tourists up Lake Ontario through he "Millionair's Row" of lakeside property. Try these modifications you will love it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2019
The dough recipe is really nice and works well - but as an English woman I know that true Chelsea Buns call for mixed spices and brown sugar in the filling as well as raisins or currants, once I had adapted the filling these turned out really well. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2009
This is an interesting variation on the original Chelsea Bun recipie. The original itself is also a variation on the old Bath Bun recipies of long ago Chelsea England. In Gravenherst Ontariao near the Muskoga region the Gravenherst Bakery is known for its authentic Chelsea which is made in the form of a loaf actually several sliced rolls laid together closely in a pan. The big difference is the use of currants vs raisons and 3/4 cup brown sugar divided instead of the white sugar called for here and topping prepared in the pan before laying in the slices. The topping is made with 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tbs water 2 Tbs butter all melter together and boiled for two minutes; pour in pan bottom scatter with pecan halves and merischino cherry slices then place slices of Chelsea and let raise to double in size again before baking. Flip over on sheet of aluminum foil when done. Also authentic Chelsea is folded and rolled out into a rectagle twice adding filling each time before final roll up and slicing. The Gravenherst Barkery is gone now but used to supply its Chelsea to the RMS Seguine which sailed tourists up Lake Ontario through he "Millionair's Row" of lakeside property. Try these modifications you will love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
This is a terrific recipe. Simple to follow and much easier to make than I first thought! I used buddyglb's adjustments and my chelsea buns turned out looking absolutely fabulous! I now make them on a steady basis (weekly) as many customers really enjoy them. Buddy my husband remembers the chelseas from Gravenhurst Bakery and says that mine are just as good! I use glacee cherries and cashews on the top and double up on the topping recipe. This makes them nice and gooey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2012
I now do my batter and dough in my bread machine. After I have rolled out the dough I place each bun in the pan. The next step is my variation: I heat the oven at 350º for 2 minutes and stop. Then I place a pan of water inside the oven. Then the pan goes into the warm oven and I let it sit for half an hour until it has risen. Then out comes the pan of water and I start baking. The water in the pan makes your bread come out so soft and silky! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2011
A1 exactly what I was looking for!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
Wow!! this was my reaction when my Chelsea buns were ready. Absolutely delicious light and beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2011
WoW! Great recipe! I made these this morning and was really pleased with how the dough turned out -- will probably try this recipe with my other sweet yeast baking. Used buddyglb's topping and Monica's advice to double the topping. My family loved these! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2013
As a new variation I like to substitute pie cherries and white chocolate chips in place of the raisins. It makes for a great dessert bread that isn't too sweet. I'm glad you all liked the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2020
I've never had a Chelsea bun before but compared to a "sticky" bun these were airy buttery and lightly sweet. I followed buddyglb's advice and swapped out the white sugar for (dark) brown sugar and the raisins for currants. I don't particularly like raisins so the currants were great! I did make the mistake of rolling the dough up width-wise rather than length-wise so the buns were quite large. I took them to a brunch today and got great reviews! I would make this recipe again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2018
This is the best dough recipe I have found.... Simple and light great for sweet or savory recipes. I have use it for both... I love it. Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2019
The dough recipe is really nice and works well - but as an English woman I know that true Chelsea Buns call for mixed spices and brown sugar in the filling as well as raisins or currants, once I had adapted the filling these turned out really well. Read More