Mum’s apricot Chelsea buns

    1 hour 35 min

    This is my mum’s recipe. She used to make them every Sunday for our afternoon tea when I was a child. These days I make it with a dough hook and it is so easy. It smells and taste absolutely delicious, especially with the apricot jam. I make it when friends come round for tea, garden parties and children's picnics.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 10g dried yeast
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 100ml warm milk
    • 250g strong bread flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 30g butter
    • 50g caster sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • For the filling
    • 50g butter, melted
    • 50g dark brown soft sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
    • 70g dried mixed fruits
    • 3 dried apricots, shredded
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 tablespoon apricot jam, melted

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr proofing  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Mix yeast and white sugar in the warm milk.
    2. Place the flour, salt, butter, caster sugar and egg in a food processor with a dough hook attachment. Add in the warm milk yeast mixture and turn the processor on for 2 minutes until the flour mixture forms into a soft dough.
    3. Turn the dough out into a bowl, cover and leave in a warm until the dough doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, prepare the filling by heating butter, brown sugar, spice, fruits, apricots and water in a pan. Stir until the sugar and butter are melted.
    5. Roll out the dough into a 15x30cm rectangle. Spread with apricot jam and then cover with the fruit filling mixture.
    6. Roll up the dough like a Swiss roll. Cut into 3cm slices. Arrange the slices in an 18cm cake tin. Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for 15 to 20 minutes.
    7. Preheat the oven to 230 C / Gas 8.
    8. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
    9. Leave to cool. Drizzle with icing and serve. (See picture)

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    first time making ..we loved them will make again!  -  14 Mar 2016


    Do NOT bake at 230deg for 20mins....mine got burnt on top n sides! I m so so sad....was so looking fwd to eating this... Suggest to use 200 deg for 20mins to monitor or 230deg for 16-17mins... The filling is oso too wet n oozing out fr both ends when I started rolling up like a swiss roll. Mayb use slightly less butter (I used margarine). I had to scoop up the syrupy mess fr the pastry mat I was using to roll the dough n spoon it bac into the dough aft arranging on the cake tin.  -  13 Oct 2014


    Nice yeast buns. Lovely recipe.  -  14 Apr 2011