I love making sweet swirled buns, there’s something magical about using a yeasted dough and making the swirls, then watching them come’ alive’ in the oven. They’re also a fantastic bake because they’re simple but look mightily impressive. As I’ve mentioned before Little S’s class gets a home-baked treat every Friday partly so she can enjoy sharing nice treats that she can have with her friends and partly to install in her friends that ‘friendly’ foods are also delicious (and I get to bake too)!
Since everyone always loves chocolate I thought we’d bring a ray of sunshine to cold dark January with these rather exciting and original triple chocolate swirl buns. Whilst we all love cinnamon buns sometimes it’s nice for a bit of variety and triple chocolate certainly hits the mark. The dough is subtly flavoured with cocoa, the swirl is a sugary cocoa paste flecked with chunks of white chocolate and the whole thing is drizzled with dairy-free milk chocolate. It makes for a stunning combination both to look at and eat. These have now been declared an all time favourite by some recipients so they must be ok!
Triple Chocolate Swirl Buns
(dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, sesame-free, can be soya-free, vegetarian and vegan)
100ml dairy-free yogurt, I used Alpo
3 tbsp dairy-free spread, such as Pure
475g plain flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp dried yeast
75g soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cornflour
For the filling:
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp dairy-free margarine
1/2 tsp chocolate extract [optional]
75g dairy-free white chocolate, finely chopped [optional]
For the glaze:
2 tbsp soft brown sugar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp pearl sugar/sugar crystals
50g dairy-free ‘milk’ chocolate, melted
- Melt the margarine and water together – you want it to be warm and melted but not hot, stir in the yogurt
- In a bowl mx together the flour, yeast, sugar, cornflour and salt
- Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm liquid mix
- Bring together to a soft dough and knead until its smooth and bounces back when poked. Cover and let double in size in a warm place.
- Mix together the filling ingredients (except the chopped chocolate) and set aside.
- Knock back and roll out to a large rectangle. Spread on the chocolate filling. Sprinkle over the chopped white chocolate, then roll up tightly into a long sausage
- Cut into even slices, probably about 1.5-2cm each – I managed to get 25 small slices from mine
- Place on lined baking sheets, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise again for another half an hour. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas Mark 4/375 degrees F
- Bake for 17-20 minutes until risen, golden and cooked through.
- Melt the brown sugar with the water and brush over the top and sprinkle with the pearl sugar (if using)
- Remove from the pans and peel off the paper. Drizzle with the melted chocolate if desired.