Chelsea Buns


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

Chelsea Buns
Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
1 dozen buns


  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ¼ cup warm water

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • ¼ cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup raisins

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

493 Calories
18g Fat
73g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 493
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 335mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 260mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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