544.Chocolate Orange Swirl Buns

March 8, 2016mayurisjikoni
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Chocolate Orange Swirl Buns#Bread Bakers

Orangey Fragrance

Not only is the combination of chocolate and orange heavenly, lovely, delish, flavourful but the aroma is just out of this world especially when baking. When Shireen Sequeira of Ruchik Randhap set the theme of baking with cocoa, cacao, carob in any form for the month of March, I was in a bit of dilemma. Have baked muffins, quick breads, bundt with cocoa. Don’t like carob at all. So I thought of a yeast bake but using cocoa, carob or cacao in a yeast bread, I was a bit apprehensive. Will it turn out too chocolatey, or just right? So the hunt for a recipe started. I knew it had to a yeast based bake though I so desperately wanted to make a quick bread, a safer option. My search took me to smitten kitchen.com and chocolate orange swirl buns was decided on. A recipe with probably just the right amount of chocolate. The buns turned out really good with the orange and chocolate combination of flavours. I’ve frozen half of them, the rest hubby and  I had them for breakfast over the weekend. So without too much of rambling I’ll get to the recipe. (To tell you the truth, its just too hot to think and type!)






Makes 12
Recipe source : Smitten Kitchen

For the dough:
2½ cups all purpose flour (plain flour)
¼ cup sugar *
¾ cup warm milk
2 tsp dry instant active yeast
1 large egg – room temperature
¼ tsp salt
3 tbsp butter – room temperature
1 tbsp orange zest (grated orange rind)

extra flour for kneading and rolling
extra butter for greasing
little milk for brushing

3 tbsp soft butter
¼ cup sugar
200g dark chocolate -grated
1 tbsp orange zest (grated orange rind)
a generous pinchof sea salt

  1. Mix flour, sugar, zest, salt and yeast in a big bowl.
  2. Add 1 tbsp butter and rub it into the flour.
  3. Mix egg and milk.
  4. Add the egg milk mixture and form a dough.
  5. Dust the work top with little flour and knead the dough.
  6. Add little butter at intervals till its all used up.
  7. Knead till you get a smooth and silky dough, for about 10 -15 minutes by hand or about 7-10 minutes by machine. If the dough sticks too much add a little more flour.
  8. Shape the dough into a round ball and place it in a greased bowl.
  9. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise for 1½ hr or till its double the size.
  10. Grease a muffin tray lightly with butter.
  11. Dust the worktop with little flour and gently fold the dough.
  12. Roll it into a rectangle of 12″ X 16″.
  13. Sprinkle the sugar even over the rolled rectangle.
  14. Sprinkle the grated chocolate over it.
  15. Finally sprinkle the orange zest and sea salt over it.
  16. Starting from the short side, roll the dough tightly , like a swiss roll.
  17. Pinch the seam.
  18. Cut into 1″ thick slices with a serrated knife.
  19. Place the cut slices in the muffin tray.
  20. Cover the tray with a cloth or cling film, lightly.
  21. Let the buns rise till they are double in size or for 30- 45 minutes.
  22. Preheat the oven to 180° C.
  23. Brush the top with milk.
  24. Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or till the top of the buns are light golden colour.
  25. Remove the buns from the muffin tray and let them cool on a wire rack.
* I didn’t add ¼ cup sugar in the dough as I didn’t want really sweet buns. I added just 1 tbsp. However, did use ¼ cup for the filling.
  • You can add cinnamon instead of orange zest.
  • Rolling the dough out to an 18-20 inch length means you can get more swirls.
  • I made the mistake of sprinkling the chocolate right till the edge, so quite a bit oozed out.
Sending this recipe to ONLY BAKES
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Breads with Cocoa, Cacao or Carob in any form

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  • Amrita Roy

    March 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

    that's a great combo I believe…

  • Wendy Klik

    March 8, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I love orange and chocolate together and these little darlings turned out so lovely.

  • Cindy Kerschner

    March 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I love waking up to these buns! I bet your kitchen smell so good!

  • Rocío RG

    March 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    We had the same idea, with orange must be delicious

  • Pam @ TheBreadSheBakes

    March 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    These look great! Love the use of the muffin tray for equal sizing.

  • Smruti Shah

    March 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Awesome bread 🙂

  • Julie

    March 8, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    These rolls are just gorgeous! Every single layer is the exact thickness. Beautiful job!

  • Ansh Dhar

    March 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    What a lovely combination! Great looking swirls, Mayuri!

  • Shireen

    March 9, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Super gorgeous swirls Mayuri! I am so glad you went ahead and tried these with a chocolate filling! Thanks for participating!

  • Karen Kerr

    March 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    These are beautiful and sound delicious!! Love the flavors!

  • Kalyani

    March 10, 2016 at 3:24 am

    oh wow ! I love the use of Orange in this recipe ! These cinnamon bun look-alikes are so delish with the chocolate 🙂

  • Priya Srinivasan

    March 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Chocolate and orange are match made in heaven, looks delicious!

  • Pavani N

    March 12, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    I absolutely love orange and chocolate combination. Your buns look irrestitible.

  • Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas

    March 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

    You can't go wrong with orange and chocolate, these look delicious.

  • Georgina K.

    March 14, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Chocolate and orange sure is a lovely combo Mayuri

  • sneha datar

    March 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Oh! I love these buns. Have already made one too.

  • Chef Mireille

    March 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    chocolate and orange are always a great marriage of flavor -0 these look fabulous

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