Chocolate Buns or Chocolate Brioche

Last week, I had the basic recipe for sweet yeast dough here on the blog and today I have the first pastry recipe for your: chocolate buns or you can also call them chocolate brioche. Simply add some chopped chocolate or chocolate sprinkles to the dough, put everything in the oven and everybody, including yourself, is in for a treat.

three whole and half a chocolate roll on a cooling rack in front of a white background - top view
fresh, golden brown chocolate rolls - top view

Chocolate Buns

Ingredients

4 cup (500 g) flour

1/3 cup (60 g) sugar

1 pinch of salt

1 cup (250 ml) milk

3 tsp (7 g) yeast

1 egg, room temperature

¾ stick (70 g) butter, room temperature

½ cup (100 g) dark chocolate / chocolate sprinkles

1 egg yolk

1 tbsp milk

Preparation

Mix the flour, sugar and salt together. Warm the milk gently (lukewarm) and stir in the yeast. Add the milk-yeast mix and the whisked egg to the dry ingredients. Mix everything together. Add the butter and work it into the dough.

Put the dough on the work surface and knead vigorously until it is no longer sticky. It should be elastic and feel smooth. Put the dough back in the bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 45 – 60 minutes.

Meanwhile (of you decide to go for chocolate), chop the chocolate into small pieces. Don’t overthink this! Just go for about ¼” x ¼” pieces (well, kind of ?).

If the volume of the dough has doubled, place it on a floured surface. Flatten the dough with your hands and spread the chocolate or sprinkles over it. Fold the dough twice and knead until the chocolate is evenly distributed.

Divide the dough into 16 (halve, quarter, eighth, sixteenth). Shape the buns* and place them on a tray covered with baking paper. Cover the rolls with the kitchen towel and let them rest for another 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 360 °F (180 °C). Whisk the egg yolks with the milk and brush the buns generously. Bake the buns for 20 minutes.

* If you’re not sure how to shape buns just go to YouTube. You’ll find some great videos on how to do this. This is a video that I found quite helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2Sf3XqkhQ