Chelsea Buns

Chelsea Buns
Chelsea Buns

Editor's Note: Recreate the feeling of a cozy tearoom at home when you use this recipe for Chelsea Buns! Sweet and sticky, the buns also have raisins and a medley of flavors that you and your family will love. Consider baking these buns for your next brunch at home, or serve them mid-afternoon for a delightful snack. The buns are the quintessential teatime treat and can be served with your favorite blend of tea. These sticky buns are easy to make and can even be made ahead of when you plan to serve them. Simply follow the tips by the recipe's authors below the instructions for details. These Chelsea Buns will be the perfect treat to serve with the authors' recipe for Spinach Soufflès.

These are British sticky buns, with a bit of spice in the fruit filling.

Makes9 buns

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodBaking



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get Together

Recipe CourseDessert, Snack

MealBreakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea

Taste and TextureFruity, Spiced, Sweet

Type of DishBread, Rolls, Yeast Bread


  • Bun Ingredients
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup tepid milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Filling Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup raisins, golden raisins, and/or dried currants
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup honey, to glaze
  • Equipment
  • 9-inch (23-cm) square cake pan


  1. Mix the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips. Make a well in the center. Pour in the milk and egg and mix to form a soft dough. Knead on a lightly floured work surface for 8 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat the dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place about 1 hour, until doubled.

  2. Lightly butter the cake pan. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle about 12 × 9 inches (30 × 23 cm).

  3. To make the filling, brush the surface of the dough with the melted butter, leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) border along the long sides. Mix the raisins, brown sugar, and spice together and sprinkle over the butter. Starting at a long side, roll up the dough and pinch the seam closed. Slice the dough into 9 equal pieces. Arrange the slices in the pan. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand about 30 minutes, until doubled.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack. Brush the buns with the honey. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and serve warm.


  1. Prepare Ahead: The buns can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving.

  2. Freezing Information: Freeze baked buns up to 1 month.

Fun Facts about Chelsea Buns: An Additional Note from the Editor

When it comes to Chelsea Buns, there's more to the baked treat than simply devouring the delicacy with a good cup of tea! You'll love learning more about the delicious baked items with these fun facts.

*As noted by The Guardian, Chelsea Buns are coiled and include a spiced filling that is similar to the filling you'll find in a cinnamon roll. If you have baked cinnamon rolls, then you'll want to try this variety of baked goods for your next baked treat!

*Instead of frosting, the baked treats are coated with a glaze; in the recipe above, you'll use honey to achieve that delightful (and sticky!) flavor. 

*The origin of Chelsea Buns stretches back — way back — to the 18th century. The beloved baked treat was first sold by the Chelsea Bun House in London, according to the website

*Feeling creative? You can make a few variations on the classic Chelsea bun, and include chocolate, caramel, apricots, almonds, and other delightful ingredients. You'll be delighted to create a baked item that is truly unique!

*Although the recipe above uses pumpkin pie spice, you can definitely serve this recipe at any time of the year and especially on major holidays.


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Wow, these buns look like the perfect combination of sweet and sticky goodness. I can definitely see myself making these on a weekend morning and gleefully eating them throughout the week.


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