Monday 5 March 2012


Wholemeal Chocolate Teddy Bear Buns

Recipe adapted from Alletiders Kogebog

Makes 20 buns

Preparation & Baking Time: 2 hours

- 50g yeast
- 2 TBS macademia nut oil or 50g butter
- 700g wheat flour
- 350g Graham wholewheat flour
- 450ml lukewarm water
- 500ml buttermilk (optional. If not, substitute with water or skimmed milk)
- 120g milk or dark chocolate chopped
- 80g melted milk or dark chocolate as decoration
- 25g wheat germ (optional)
- 25g brewer's yeast (optional)
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 egg white or 50ml milk (optional for coating)

1. Mix wheat flour, graham flour, wheat germ, brewer's yeast and chocolate together.

2. Mix lukewarm water, olive oil and yeast together in a mixing bowl.

3. Mix in buttermilk.

4. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients.

3. Knead it well into dough by hand or using a hand-mixer and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight (or at least 8 hours) in the fridge.

4. On a baking tray lay with baking paper, use half of the dough to form 20 buns by using a spoon (can make about 15 - 24 buns depending on size) and the other half of the dough to form into 40 small buns.

5. Give every bun 2 small buns as ears.

6. Brush the bread and buns with milk or egg white and sprinkle them with the spelt flakes (optional)

7. Set aside for 15 min.

8. Place the tray in the middle of a pre-warmed oven and bake for 10 mins. at 200°C in a pre-warmed oven.

9. Melt some chocolate over a bowl of warm water.

10. Put the melted chocolate on a plastic bag and cut a small hole at the tip of the bag.

11. Draw eyes, mouth, nose and ears on each of the buns.

Tips: Can be eaten warm or cold

Additional Information:
We asked J what he would like to have as birthday present on this birthday, and he received that he wanted dumplings, chocolate buns and orange juice. He didn't ask for any toys. It was nice that he asked for something both Asian and Western. However, I have never given him chocolate before, except fake chocolate milk, so hmmm... i wondered where he got the idea of chocolate buns from.
I have never baked chocolate buns before, and it was a long time, since I baked bread. But I decided to learn to bake chocolate buns. So here is my attempt. Since it is his birthday, I will let him have what he wanted, which is chocolate.

The plastic method didn't work as it kept tearing. I use a butter knife to dip onto the melted chocolate to draw the eyes, nose and mouth.


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