Chocolate Buns

My son is a big fan of breads. He loves anything that is bread like pizza, brioche buns, croissants, Bread Top style buns, burgers or simply sandwiches 🙂 I usually have bread at home and whenever he is hungry he will first go to look for bread. Even a simple Nutella bread makes him happy.

He loves what I bake and I love to bake what he likes 🙂 If he isn’t home when I bake something and he enters the house, he immediately guesses what I have baked. Its such a pleasure to see him relish the food lovingly. The satisfaction I get in seeing him enjoy my bakes just cannot be expressed in words.

He loves food and always wants something yummy and interesting to eat. Everyday when he comes from school, first thing he will ask me is what is there to eat. If the answer doesn’t sound interesting, suddenly he isn’t hungry and if its something that he likes specially some bread then I actually have to keep something for my daughter aside before he even sees it 🙂

Two days back I baked these super easy and delicious buns that disappeared in no time. Usually I knead the bread dough in the dough mixer but this one I kneaded manually.

The only challenge I think in baking a bread is the yeast. If the yeast proofs well, the bread turns out beautiful. I am an experimental chef and love to try out different recipes. This blog is a compilation of my successful experiments 🙂

Now getting to the recipe…

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Luke Warm water

2 tbsp Sugar

1 tbsp Active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups All purpose flour

1 tbsp milk powder (optional)

1 tsp Vanilla extract

2 tbsp Oil

Pinch of Salt

For filling: Dark / Milk chocolate as required

2 tbsp Milk

Method:

  • Add sugar and yeast to lukewarm water. Mix it well and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • In a bowl, take 1 and 1/2 cup of plain flour. Add salt and milk powder and mix it.
  • Then add the yeast mixture and the Vanilla extract and mix it well.
  • Knead it to a soft dough. It will be a little messy but keep kneading it for 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the dough comes together, grease it with oil.
  • Tuck the dough and cover it with a cling wrap.
  • Let it prove for an hour.
  • After an hour, sprinkle some flour and knead the dough for 10 more minutes
  • Divide it in 6 equal portions.
  • Sprinkle some flour and roll each ball into a small size chapati.
  • Add a sizeable block of chocolate and roll the chapati covering the block. make sure to cover the ends on both sides. It will form an oval shape.
  • Place it on a baking tray and leave it for 1/2 an hour covering it with a damp cloth.
  • Apply some milk and bake it at 180°C for 15 minutes.
  • Once out of the oven, brush them with butter while still warm to give it an amazing shine.

These buns are best served while warm as the chocolate inside is melted and tastes yummm. They were an instant hit in my house. Let me know if you loved making them too.

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