One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flat, spiral-shaped currant bun sprinkled with sugar.
- ‘The Chelsea bun contained fruit, but the reason for the name was obscure to me.’
- ‘This year it was his chocolate chip and toffee and banana muffins, Easter biscuits, crusty and soft rolls, Chelsea buns, and large crusty cobs which caught the adjudicator's eye resulting in a cache of trophies.’
- ‘I did feel better on the diet (done as experiment rather than to lose weight) but found it tricky to avoid cakes (mmmmmmmm… Chelsea buns).’
- ‘You can buy a complete lunch in Benjy's, complete with shrink-wrapped Chelsea bun, for less than the price of a Pret Brie, tomato and basil baguette.’
Early 18th century: named after Chelsea, where such buns were originally made.
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