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Chelsea Buns

Ingredients
  Flour 8 Ounce, sifted (225 Gram)
  Yeast 3 Ounce (15 Gram)
  Caster sugar 5 Milliliter
  Warm milk 4 Fluid Ounce (100 Milliliter)
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Butter/Lard 5 Ounce, softened
  Egg 1 Medium, beaten
  Melted butter/Margarine 2 Ounce
  Grease 5 Milliliter
  Mixed dried fruit 175 Gram
  Mixed candied peel 1 Ounce
  Mixed spice 5 Teaspoon
  Soft brown sugar 2 Ounce
  Clear honey 45 Milliliter
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Coat an 18 cm (7 in) square tin with grease.
2. Into a bowl put 50 g (2 oz) of the flour.
3. Put in the yeast, white sugar and milk and mix to a batter.
4. Let it remain in a warm place for 15—20 minutes until frothy.
MAKING
5. Into a bowl add the remaining flour and the salt and rub or cut in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
6. Put in this to the yeast mixture -with the egg and mix to a soft dough that leaves the sides of the bowl clean.
7. On to a floured board turn and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
8. Inside a large, well oiled plastic bag place and leave in a warm place until doubled in size.
9. This should take 1—1 1/2 hours.
10. Turn out and knead again until smooth.
11. Roll out to a rectangle about 30 x 24 cm (12 x 9 1/2 in).
12. Coat the entire surface with the melted butter or margarine.
13. Combine together the fruit, peel, spice and brown sugar, and sprinkle all over the dough.
14. Starting from a long side, roll the dough up to form a long tube.
15. Using a little water seal the ends.
16. Cut crossways into 9 equal slices and place closely together in the prepared tin, cut side down.
17. Cover using a plastic bag and leave in a warm place for about 30 minutes until doubled in size.
FINALIZING
18. Heat the oven to 375°F (190°C/Gas 5).
19. Remove the bag and let the buns bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.
20. Take out of the oven and turn out on to a wire rack so that the top side stays uppermost.
21. While still warm, pull apart and brush with the honey.
22. Leave to cool.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Interest: 
Holiday
Preparation Time: 
90 Minutes
Cook Time: 
35 Minutes
Ready In: 
125 Minutes
Servings: 
9

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