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:-
3tbsp boiling water
- Place flour and salt in a mixing bowl; stir thoroughly.
- Make a well in the flour and add the yeast; stir again.
- If you have not done so already, melt the butter and warm the milk till they are lukewarm.
- Add to the flour mixture along with the egg.
- Stir until the mixture comes together as a soft dough.
- 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.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 to 60 minutes. Cover with a cloth or Clingfilm.
- Once it has risen, sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll into a rectangle, approximately 30 by 20cm.
- Brush the dough with melted butter; then sprinkle the sugar, cranberries, pistachios and chocolate chunks on top.
- Roll the dough up, like a swiss roll.
- Cut the dough into thick rounds which are about 4cm in width, although if you want them smaller or bigger that is fine too.
- 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.
- Let the buns rise for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 190 C.
- Cook the buns for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown.
- As soon as they come out of the oven, brush the glaze of sugar and boiling water on top so they shine slightly.
- And they are done!
I hope they work wonderfully if you try them at home! Enjoy!