Here I am today with some tasty flaky chocolate brioche buns. They go so well with a cup of hot mint tea, especially these rainy autumn days. But no matter what the weather's like, I still adore autumn, it is my favourite season, it's when I feel comfortable and cosy, I feel constant urge to travel or at least to go out and not to be in a hurry to get back home.
The brioche buns emphasize this feeling of cosiness for me. Hence the recipe for you :)
The recipe is taken from here.
For the starter
1/2 cup bread flour
21g fresh yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm milk
Mix all together and cover with a plastic wrap for 30 minutes.
For the dough
3 cups bread flour + some for dusting
2 tb.s. sugar
1 1/4 t.s. salt
200g soft butter
Add eggs, sugar and salt to the starter, mix well, carefully begin adding flour. After the dough is kneaded, add soft butter and mix it in with your hands or in a mixer. Until all is incorporated and homogeneous. You may need some more flour if the dough is too wet. Form the dough into a thick rectangle and over it with plastic wrap for several hours (overnight).
2/3 cup milk
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
6 tb.s. flour
6 tb.s. cocoa powder
3 tb.s. butter
Heat the milk until it is boiling. In the meantime mix all other ingredients until there are no lumps. Carefully add this mixture to the milk, stirring all the way and cook until the mixture thickens. Refrigerate.
When the filling is chilled, take out the dough. Roll the dough into a rectangle that will be twice as large as the chocolate filling. Place the filling into the middle of the dough and cover the filling with two ends of rectangle, Fold the entire dough in half, so that all he seams are inside (folded). Roll the dough again into a thinner rectangle and fold it the same way for the second time (long ends fold into the middle, and fold the entire dough in half again). Roll for the third time and repeat folding. Now after you rolled the dough into a rectangle one more time, just roll it into a log. Cut it with a sharp knife into desired pieces (I got 18 muffins out of this quantity).
Butter the muffin forms and place pieces of the dough into every form (cut side up). Cover with plastic and wait for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 175C and bake the buns for about 17 minutes. They are ready now:)