Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chocolate Twist Bread

I haven't been making anything exciting lately. It's the usual bread and cakes. Have so many things on the to-try list, but it seems like it's just keeps on growing longer, never shorter. But I guess everyone needs the usual simple recipes so that we can cope better in the kitchen, not having the turn it upside down just to make a simple meal for the family. :P Well, perhaps once in a while we make something special, if we have the time of the day. :) Today, I am just going to show another simple bread recipe that my kids love. Been making it a few times already, but only managed to post it up now. It's call Chocolate Twist Bread Bun.
Okay, I admit these buns are not that nicely twisted, but still acceptable right? Well, if you have handled bread dough before, you will understand why it's so hard to get it where you want it to be sometimes. :P
Although this buns doesn't look fantastic, they are still tender soft, chocolaty and delicious. My elder child is not a fan of buns, but she loves this, she chow one right down every time she had one. Want to make some to satisfy your bread / chocolate craving? Here is the recipe:

Ingredients for Chocolate Twist Bread Buns:
250g bread flour
40g cake flour

5g instant dry yeast
50g caster sugar
1 large egg
8g milk powder (about 2 tsp)
50ml water
80ml fresh milk
1 tsp baking powder
30g unsalted butter, room tmp

40g cocoa powder
100g caster sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
40g butter, cut into small cubes

  • In a large mixing bowl, except butter, mix all ingredients together to form a soft dough.
  • Knead the dough till it is not sticky and add the butter. Continue to knead. To test if dough is ready, stretch a small piece using the finger tips of both your hands. If you can pull the dough to almost see through texture without breaking it, it's probably done.
  • Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let proof for at least 90 minutes or until it is doubled in size.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling. Mix the cocoa powder and sugar together and set aside.
  • Once the dough has been proofed, punched out the air and roll it out into a flat rectangle, about 1cm thick.
  • Sprinkle the cocoa and sugar mixture over the surface of the dough, leaving about 1 cm at the border. Then add chocolate chips and the small chunks of butter, evenly distribute them on the surface.
  • From the longer end, roll up the dough like a swiss roll.
  • Now using the rolling pin, roll the the dough flat.
  • At this point, if dough tear a little on the surface or the chocolate chips tear through, it's alright, don't worry about it. Then using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips of about 5cm width.
  • Then using both hands to hold one end of each strip and give it a few good twist. Then place the twisted bun on greased paper or bread paper cups if desired. And let the buns proof for another 10 minutes.
  • Bake in the preheated oven of 180C for 13 to 15 minutes till golden brown. Remove and let cool on rack.
Being a mom with young kids, particularly with a picky eater, I have to be constantly thinking of ways / recipes to get my child to eat more. And I could not be more happy when I see my child happily eating and most of all finishing the goodies I made for them .:) Thank goodness she loves this....but ain't gonna make it too often though, might loose its effectiveness!
Check out the tender soft bread as I tear open the bun. Even an old kid like me enjoyed it very much, lol! I have also made these for my neighbors bake order and they too enjoyed it a lot. This recipe is pretty versatile, you can change the filling to any kind of your liking, either kaya and butter, or red bean or sesame paste, I am sure it will turn out good. :) Hope you all will try this one out. Cheers and have a great weekend ahead!


Edith said...

B, you are motivating me on.

ann low said...

WOW! I'm sure my boys would love this chocolate twist bread especially with those chocolate chips in it.

Passionate About Baking said...

Oh wow! I was thinking of making some chocolate bread, like chocolate wassant kind. And now I see your twist bread, it definitely looks easier than the wassant bread. :P Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I will try it out.

busygran said...

I love such buns with chocolate in it. I'm like in my 2nd childhood, drooling over the buns! :)

Happy Homebaker said...

I think no one can resist your chocolate buns :) Thanks for sharing the step by step tutorial on how to shape them, this is the first time I have come across this shaping method, I learn something new today :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Beautiful Bread Bee Bee, I'll like to have one please....;p I'm now at Janice's house baking cakes for Amber's birthday tomorrow, so I'll have to wait till next week to try all the breads that I've saving in my to-do-list. Wish you have a nice and relax weekend...:)

Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, throw me one, looks so soft and with chocolate... I think one for me is not enough, more pls!

WendyinKK said...

Oh yummy yummy!!!
I'd kiss you on both cheeks if you gave me these :)

Hearty Bakes said...

This looks really nice with the choc-chips!

Evy said...

Wow..this is nice..Must try it out.

Esther said...

I can totally relate with you. I always add more and more recipes to my to bake list and it keeps on getting longer and longer, I feel like I will never be able to finish it. I'm going to add this bread to my list too. Btw, your bread looks so soft and yummy. I really must try it out. Out of curiosity, why is there so much butter in the filling? If I were to reduce it would it be ok? thank you!

Kitchen Corner said...

Hey Bee,
You made very nice bread too! I can understand how difficult in handling the dough but I think it's ok to let it whatever it will be. Sometimes, it looks good in natural and with its own shape. I can feel the softness of the bun from the last picture. Great job and good recipe. I've book marked it. Cheers!

MaryMoh said...

Nothing is better than homemade brea. I can eat a few pieces :D

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Edith: good that I am able to motivate you...your lovely cakes motivate me even more!

@Anncoo: Your boys are chocolate fans?! So are my girls! Maybe one of these days we should have a chocolate bake fiesta yah? Hahaha, ....I think it's more for me! ;P

@Jane: yeah! I wanted to make those chocolate wassant bread too, but just too lazy, lol! Yup, this is easier for sure, no need chocolate paste. Try it & let me know how u like it. ;)

Angie's Recipes said...

These twisted rolls are just irresistible! Well, who could say NO to chocolate??!!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@busygran: really? Didn't know this was a classic chocolate bread design last time. ;) Glad that it brought back some fond memories for you. ;)

@HHB: Heehee, actually I didn't do much shaping, mostly rolling, cut & twist. But yeah, I learn something new everytime too. ;)

Hi Reese! Wow, so exciting!! Amber turning 6 already? Janice must be very excited about her birthday, i can't wait to see the lovely birthday cake! Must be so dreamy and nice! Especially it's made by the 2 pros, heehee! Post on FB ok?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Jess, better not throw lar, just hand you one. Else I give a bad throw, drop already sayang, lol! Okay, next time make BIGGER ones... then maybe one would be enuf. :D

Wah Wendy, if I give you the buns, then your Lou kong is gonna come after me! Lol! But you know what, i will ask your Lou kong to pass the bread to you, heehee!

Thanks so much for your compliment Heart Bakes!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Evy! Let me know how it turns out yah?

@Esther: Actually the butter is to add more flavor and moisture in the filing. Of course you can omit or reduce thx butter, but it might not be so sinfully good though, heehee. It's better with butter!

@Grace: I think you can guess I'm a little impatient. :p Actually letting it rest for 10mins before shaping will do the trick. Must definitely learn some bread making and shaping from you! You are so good at it.... When should we do it???

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks MaryMoh! I can eat a few of these sweet chocolaty buns too! Hope you will try it out.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Angie! For sure I can't say No to them, lol!

my restaurants Melbourne said...

these look great! i'll be making these at home for sure, anything with chocolate in it goes down well in my house. thanks for the inspiration

Unknown said...

Wow this is good, one more item add on to my to-do-list...kekeke

Cooking Gallery said...

I love everything with chocolate and your croissant style bread look great!

Jo said...

Bee, this looks very, very good. Like Edith, I too am motivated! Love the twist and the addition of chocolate .. yummy!

Pei-Lin said...

Bee Bee, you're really an old kid! LOL! Yea, can't overdo everything lest the good things in life lose their efficacy. HAHA!

I LOVE, LOVE choc bread! You know I've made bread like yours. The choc wassants had been blogged about:

The loaf one has to be blogged about. It's another backlog. LOL! Will do so. I wonder what's wrong with me ... little bread posts on mine and yet I make bread every week, almost. Haha!

Btw, I love your idea of sprinkling choc chips in the filling, which makes the rolls more chocolaty! I haven't done that to mine, though. Thanks for the lovely idea!

Bee Bee, amid the busy schedule, don't overtire yourself. Take care! When you stop by KL, let us know. You can perhaps meet up with Wendy. I'm seeing her soon, with Swee San. =)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Welcome to my blog My restaurants Melbourne. Thanks for dropping me a compliment. Hope u will like these bread, have fun baking and come back again soon. ;)

@neyeeloh: let me know how yours turn out ok. ;)

Thanks so much Cooking Gallery! Hope you will try them out.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi hi Jo! Really? I am so glad! Do hope you and Edith will make these yummy buns. Have fun baking!

Pei-Lin: wah, your chocolate wassants looks so good! You know they are selling like 60cents each for these mini buns here in Singapore. I always resist buying because I know I just not be lazy and make some myself. :P Speaking of overtire, hope you too take good care and rest while u can. Hahaha, I read your comments about raiding Wendy's house. Sure sure, if I am in town, will let u ladies know.

mysimplefood said...

You always make such lovely breads. So delicious!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks mysimplefood for the support!

Passionate About Baking said...

I made this bread today. It tasted really even though I thought my dough was over-beaten and it didn't prove much. Your buns looked so big and nice, mine were very small. I might try it again, because I like the taste very much. Thanks for sharing. :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@PAB: Hmmm... You overbeat the dough? You know you can use any plain bread recipe that you like but use the same chocolate filling & method to shape. It will still turn out great, try that. :) yeah, this is my kids' favorite bread recipe now. Btw, the one I was talking about on FB? It turned out good too....but I still got no time to post. :P

Unknown said...

Hi HBS. Want to check with you how do you get the cocoa mixture to stay in the dough? When I cut and before I tried to twist, the cocoa mixture and chocolate chips all spilled from the dough!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Lim Hwee Ling, perhaps you leave at least an inch on the edges without any chocolate filling. So when u seal up it'll be easier. Else you can put less chocolate filling.

Anonymous said...

Hi:) Is it possible to replace the milk with more water?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Yes you can but there will be slight diff in texture for sure due to the less of fat content.