White chocolate, Pistachio and Cranberry Chelsea buns


I tried this ingredient combination for the first time this weekend and I was impressed with the taste. They are less rich than normal Chelsea buns and the white chocolate adds a nice hint of sweetness.
Despite not being a traditional filling, I would recommend trying it. This dough recipe should work with any filling though so be creative and experiment.

I’d love to hear any suggestions for alternative fillings.


For the dough :-

500g strong white flour

1 tsp salt

1 x7g sachet of yeast

300ml warm milk

40g unsalted, melted butter

1 egg, beaten

oil, to grease the tray


For the filling:-

25g butter, melted

50g soft brown sugar

100g cranberries, roughly chopped

100g pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped

100g white chocolate, cut into small chunks


For the glaze:-

2tbsp sugar

3tbsp boiling water



  1. Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl; stir thoroughly.
  2. Make a well in the flour and add the yeast; stir again.
  3. If you have not done so already, melt the butter and warm the milk till they are lukewarm.
  4. Add to the flour mixture along with the egg.
  5. Stir until the mixture comes together as a soft dough.
  6. Sprinkle your work surface with flour, ensuring you have extra flour nearby as it will be needed, and knead the dough for 5 minutes or until it is smooth and stretchy.
  7. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 to 60 minutes. Cover with a cloth or Clingfilm.
  8. Once it has risen, sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll into a rectangle, approximately 30 by 20cm.
  9. Brush the dough with melted butter; then sprinkle the sugar, cranberries, pistachios and chocolate chunks on top.
  10. Roll the dough up, like a swiss roll.
  11. Cut the dough into thick rounds which are about 4cm in width, although if you want them smaller or bigger that is fine too.
  12. Grease a tray with oil, then put the buns on it with a 1cm gap between them so they can rise and merge together as they bake.
  13. Let the buns rise for 30 minutes.
  14. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 190 C.
  15. Cook the buns for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown.
  16. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush the glaze of sugar and boiling water on top so they shine slightly.
  17. And they are done!

I hope they work wonderfully if you try them at home! Enjoy!


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