Baking // Chelsea Bun Christmas Tree

My mum friends and I had a little Christmas get-together on Friday for baby secret santa, a chance to wear Christmas jumpers and a catch up between us all before next year!
I had to make something festive and dug out a recipe from 2014 for this festive take on chelsea buns. I knew some of you would love the recipe as it’s so easy, so here goes…

You will need:

1 baking tray lined with greaseproof paper

5oog strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
15g butter
7g yeast
250ml milk 
2 eggs
25g melted butter
50g golden caster sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
75g raisins
75g dried cranberries
50g chopped mixed peel

Method:

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt and butter until it forms a crumb like consistency, then stir in the yeast.

Warm your milk until it is hot to touch, add this to your mixture with the eggs and beat until it forms a soft dough.

Turn it out onto a floured surface and kneed for 10 minutes. Roll your dough out into a rectangle just bigger than a sheet of A4 paper.

Sprinkle this with your sugar, cinnamon, fruit and mixed peel then roll into a log and cut into 2cm wide slices. I have found I get roughly 12 slices but however many you have you need to make the shape of a Christmas tree (my photos show three buns for the trunk but the last time I made this it was just one).

Once you have formed your tree on your baking tray, cover with clingfilm and pop somewherw warm until it has doubled in size. I left mine for over an hour in the airing cupboard.

Pre-heat your oven to 190°c/170°c fan and brush the melted butter over the tree before popping in the oven. Leave it to bake for 30 minutes by which time it will be golden in colour. Be careful not to overbake or they will turn out dry.

Once out of the oven you can sprinkle with a little extra sugar before serving up. They are best served fresh out the oven. These were still warm when I headed off to my friends house and seemed to go down very well.

So there you go. Please let me know if you make these by tagging me on insta @millertracey or twitter @girlabouthome I can’t wait to see your versions!

T

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