This week has been national chocolate week- because the health conscious British Nation definitely need an excuse to let loose and indulge in a sugary snack. In spirit of the celebration I revamped the classic British recipe- Chelsea Buns, with the help of a serious amount of Nutella.
For the sweet dough;
500g/1lb strong white flour
7g (1 and a half teaspoon) dried, fast action yeast
300ml/10fl oz warm milk
40g/1½oz unsalted butter, at room temp
For the filling:
Zest of one orange
8 tbsp Nutella or Chocolate Spread
150g chocolate chips.
1) Sift the flour into a big bowl, add salt and yeast and mix together. Rub the butter into the flour mixture, slowly add the warm milk and the beaten egg to form a soft dough.
2) Place on a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until the dough is elastic.
3) Place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film, leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.
4) Remove from the bowl and knead for a further 5 minutes. Roll the dough out, using a rolling pin, into a rectangle shape of around 30cmx40cm, or until about the thickness of a pound coin.
5) Spread the Nutella across the top of the rectangle leaving a 2 cm gap along one side. Sprinkle on top the orange zest and chocolate chips.
6) Using a pastry brush, brush the open side with milk, roll the dough up into a tight cylinder. Cut up into 3cm slices and place upwards in a baking tray allowing a small gap in between for the dough to expand. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for one hour.
7) Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Remove the cling film and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
8) Remove from the oven and before cool cover with glaze made of a little bit of warm milk and caster sugar. Leave to cool on a wire rack or eat warm.