I am a sucker for anything chocolate. So is my son, bless him.
Last week, Cas and I had our “Mom & Cas fun day” – which happened to fall on the day where nearly everything closed down again. Thanks, Corona…
And I didn’t want to be that mother who cancels stuff, just because something gets in the way. So Cas and I made a plan. A plan so sweet, that nobody could say no to it. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he replied, learn how to bake. Naturally, like mother like son, I guess.
What we started baking were Chocolate buns. A bun so fluffy and light with 54.7 % chocolate and to die for taste. My mouth is drooling just from the thought of them.
I typically did one type of recipe, but Cas started asking questions as to why I did one thing and why I didn’t do anything else. So we ended up making a brand-new recipe and these are officially the BEST buns I’ve ever tasted. Unintentionally created and modified by Cas. Baking Genius already.
But with the weekend coming up, I thought I’d share these with you (with Cas’s permission)
Heavenly Chocolate Buns
- 50g yeast
- 50g sugar
- 250ml lukewarm water (between 38-40 degrees, but warm it up to 100 and let it cool down)
- 600ml lukewarm milk (38-40 degrees)
- 150g melted butter
- 10g salt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 650g high protein flour
- 15g grounded cardamom
- 200g chocolate buttons. Do not use chopped chocolate
- 1 egg for pencilling.
- Step 1 Start by melting the butter and once melted, set it aside.
- Step 2 Break the yeast into small pieces and add the lukewarm milk, lukewarm water, and sugar. Let the yeast mixture rest for ten minutes.
- Step 3 While the yeast mixture is resting, weigh your flour and add the cardamom and salt, mix it together, and set aside.
- Step 4 After those ten minutes are up, add in the two eggs to the yeast mixture and mix it for, no more than two minutes on medium speed.
- Step 5 Once the eggs and yeast mixture is mixed together. Add in the melted and cooled butter and mix it for 30 seconds.
- Step 6 Once done, add in the dry ingredients little by little, having your baking machine on low speed (1 or 2)
- Step 7 When it’s all mixed together, add in your chocolate buttons. Do this by hand, as the mixer CAN, won’t necessarily, chop up your buttons.
- Step 8 Now cover your bowl with a damp cloth and set aside for half an hour to forty-five minutes.
- Step 9 While your dough is resting and raising. Cover two baking trays with baking sheets and wait (watch some TV or do the dishes. Whatever)
- Step 10 When the 30-45 minutes are up, start forming your buns and add them to the baking tray. Once done, let your buns rest for another 20 minutes.
- Step 11 In the meantime, turn on your oven to 200 degrees and mix the egg so it’s ready to be penciled onto your buns.
- Step 12 Once you’ve penciled your buns, one tray at a time goes into the oven for 20 minutes.
- Step 13 Take them out and let them cool a bit before cutting them and adding butter.
- Step 14 Enjoy them with your family and friends.