Marmalade Chelsea buns

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I do love a good fluffy bun and these Marmalade Chelsea buns are rather wonderful and very fluffy. Pretty light too, have had two for breakfast and am now perfectly content with all around me. The recipe came from Dan Lepard’s column in The Guardian. Dan suggests using half a Vitamin C tablet for lightness and that’s clearly worked as the buns have quite a high strong white bread flour content. Not a long list of ingredients (flour, little bit of butter, milk, egg, marmalade, currants, yeast and salt – I omitted the sugar and they are fine) and very simple to make. Would definitely recommend. Pure satisfying comfort on a cold and miserable day like today.

I’ve been making quite a few marmalade treats recently because I had quite a bit of it before I decided to make more. There was the marmalade and dark chocolate ice cream which is fabulous and a stunning steamed marmalade sponge pudding, also a Dan Lepard recipe. I’d still like to do Delia’s classic marmalade bread and butter pudding and that’ll be it. Must leave at least some to have on toast!

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A different kind of Chelsea bun

I do love a sweet bun. For the past few months, all I wanted to do was make sweet buns. I did sticky toffee apple ones  a couple of months ago and then got preoccupied with other stuff. I found and saved several recipes for both Cinnamon and Chelsea buns, got a 10′ round case in preparation – was thinking Christmas holidays will provide ample time to make buns. Then I saw the Christmas masterclass episode of Great British Bake Off and Paul Hollywood’s Chelsea buns stuffed with Christmas dinner leftovers and got totally over excited, simple creature that I am. So, I made them yesterday and they were absolutely glorious:

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The recipe is here for anyone interested, a warning though, it’s a very wet dough and I probably kneaded for longer than 10 minutes, took a while for it to become elastic. The end result is really wonderful, soft, pillowy bun and it would probably be just as good as a sweet cranberry bun (without the rest of leftovers). My only problem is that I’ve still got lots of Christmas Day leftovers in the fridge. Beloved and I have taken to singing Tetris tune as we open the fridge or any food cupboards as everything is so overloaded. Oh well, it’ll all get eaten at some point.