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Uncle Vernon's Bun Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen (Recipe #2)

Welcome back, everyone! Last week we kicked off my brand new series, My Harry Potter Kitchen, with a magical recipe for Dudley's edible cereal bowl!

This week we continue our journey, baking our way through the Harry Potter series, creating recipes for every food and drink item featured along the way. If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to Bradley Bakes on YouTube and click on the notification bell so you get a notification every Magic Monday when there's a brand new video.

Our foodie adventure through Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone continues in Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived, not long after our first.

"He thought he'd stretch his legs and walk across the road to by himself a bun from the bakers opposite"

This recipe is inspired by a magical combination of the classic Chelsea Bun and the famous Belgian Bun. What's the difference I hear you ask? They're pretty similar, to be honest!

A Chelsea Bun is typically rolled dough with dried fruit and cinnamon or spice in between. The dough is then sliced, given a glaze and baked. A Belgian Bun has a similar appearance initially (although not always spiced). Once Belgian Buns are baked they're finished with icing and the signature cherry!

We're going to take inspirations from both to create our hybrid Chelsea Bun / Belgian Bun recipe. We'll keep the spices and fruit, along with the iced decorations but add a little My Harry Potter Kitchen magic by transforming them into mini lightning bolts. (Wouldn't be true a Harry Potter recipe without it!)

Chelsea Bun / Belgian Bun Ingredients:

(makes 6)

for the Chelsea Bun/Belgian Bun dough

  • 225ml milk

  • 1 sachet fast-action dried yeast

  • 75g butter

  • 1 egg

  • 500g plain flour

  • zest of a lemon

  • 3 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp salt

for the Chelsea Bun/Belgian Bun filling

  • 25g butter

  • 25g sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 100g currants

to decorate

  • 100g icing sugar

  • 1 tbsp water

  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 6 glace cherries


  1. Warm the milk and butter in a saucepan and keep on stirring until the butter has completely melted, then set to one side

  2. Add the flour, sugar, mixed spice and lemon zest into a bowl. Mix until combined and then make a well in the middle

  3. Pour the milk mix into the middle and then add your egg and vanilla extract. Next, add in your salt and yeast (Wizard tip! Sprinkle them onto separate sides of the bowl to prevent them reacting) and then mix into a dough. Knead for about 5 minutes in a stand mixer (with a dough hook) or by hand for 10 minutes

  4. Grease a bowl with oil and place the kneaded dough in. Cover with cling film and place in a warm place to rise for an hour until it's doubled in size

  5. Once ready, knock back the dough by kneading it for another minute and then roll out on a floured surface to about 1cm thick.

  6. Create your filling by melting your butter and stirring in your cinnamon and sugar. Brush this over the rolled dough and then sprinkle the currants on top. Press the currants in slightly so they stay in place

  7. Roll the dough along the longest side until it forms a long sausage. Using a sharp knife slice the roll into 1cm buns and place onto a greased baking tray. Press each bun down slightly, wrap the tray in cling film and allow to rise again for 45 minutes - 1 hour

  8. Brush the buns with a little milk and then bake in the oven at 180 C (350 F) for 15-20 minutes until light and golden brown

  9. While the buns are cooling you can make the icing by mixing the icing sugar, water and lemon juice together. Spoon a few tablespoons over each bun and use an offset spatula to smooth down the sides

  10. To create the Harry Potter lightning bolt glace cherries, slice each cherry into quarters. Square off the top of one quarter to form the top of the bolt, then take another quarter and cut diagonally from the bottom to form a point. Then place them side by side and you should have your lightning bolt! Place these on top of your buns to finish

This is a super simple recipe for Chelsea Buns / Belgian Buns which can be whipped up in no time for the perfect team time treat. It's also child-friendly (with a little supervision) so why not try recreating these with the family? If you do, take a picture of your creation, follow me on Instagram and share it with the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen

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