Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns

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Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

If I read the phrase ‘New Year, New You’ one more time I might just scream. What is wrong with the old/current me? I mean obviously there’s room for improvement in all of us, that’s what makes us human. I do not however feel the need to suddenly ban sugar, fat and carbs from my diet and start substituting rice for cauliflower and using avocados in my brownies.

Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

So I bring you Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns, because I expect that like me, you probably have a leftover jar of mincemeat lurking in the back of your cupboard, keeping a Christmas pudding company and you’re thinking what can I make with that?

Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

This is a revamped version of my tangzhong chelsea buns and I’ve added a drizzle of water icing to sweeten them up a bit more. Any shop bought mincemeat will be fine in this recipe, you can always add a splash of alcohol or water to loosen up the mincemeat if you need to. You can also use my homemade mincemeat to make this recipe.

Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I’ve added two quantities of mincemeat for these tangzhong mincemeat chelsea buns, it depends how much you like mincemeat. The first amount will be a generous helping of mincemeat, but if you really enjoy it, or you want your buns to be bursting with fruit then add the larger amount.

Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect
Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns

Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


  • ***Tangzhong Starter***
  • 25 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 125 ml Milk
  • ***Dough***
  • 475 g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 30 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Fine Salt
  • 7 g Fast Action Dried Yeast
  • 75 g Unsalted Butter
  • 175 ml Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 300-400 g Mincemeat
  • ***Icing***
  • 100 g Icing Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Water


  • Begin by making the tangzhong, place the milk and bread flour in a saucepan and whisk it gently until it thickens and reaches 65 degrees.
  • Scrape the tangzhong into a bowl and cover it with a layer of clingfilm so that a skin doesn’t form. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  • Put the milk, butter and vanilla into a small saucepan and cook over a low-medium heat until all the butter has melted. Set aside until just lukewarm.
  • To make the dough, put the flour, caster sugar, salt and yeast into the bowl of a food mixer and fit it with a dough hook.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, then pour in the milk mixture, the tangzhong and the egg.
  • Mix the dough on a low speed until it starts to come together, then knead on a medium speed for about 10 minutes or until the dough comes away from the side of the bowl.
  • Place the dough in a large lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it to rise for about 1-1½ hours or until it has doubled in size.
  • Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and use a rolling pin to roll into approximately a 40cm x 50cm rectangle.
  • Take 300g of the mincemeat and stir it to loosen a little, spread the mincemeat over the dough and spread it in an even layer. If you think you need more mincemeat then use the rest to fill in any gaps, but this can be quite rich, so use the smaller amount if you're not a mincemeat fiend.
  • Roll up the dough into a cylinder along the long edge, keeping the spiral tight. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 even slices.
  • Arrange the buns in the base of a 20cm x 30cm non-stick baking tin, with the spiral facing upwards. Cover the tin loosely with cling film, set aside and allow the buns to prove for 45-60 minutes until risen and touching each other.
  • While the buns are proving, heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Once proved, bake the buns for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the buns from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add 2 tbsp of water and stir the icing, if needed add more water, but you want quite a thick consistency. Drizzle or pour the icing over the buns and use as much or as little as you want, you don't need to use all the icing. Tear off each bun as required and eat while still warm or at room temperature.
Tangzhong Mincemeat Chelsea Buns | Patisserie Makes Perfect

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4 Responses

  1. Lupiane

    Just made the buns with my leftover mincemeat – the texture is fabulous, thank you for the recipe!

  2. Kay Duggan

    Tried the Chelsea buns with mincemeat – and it worked beautifully. Was delighted with the result.

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