Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD Glaze


 
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd
Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd

Hi! I am super excited to be finally sharing this recipe I worked on a while back with a fave brand of mine. It’s been a hot minute since I posted a doughnut recipe around here, so today we are going for a classic - a yeast raised brioche doughnut, loaded up with orange zest to give it an amazing flavour, and finished off with an Orange CBD glaze. And sprinkles. Because, always sprinkles.

The glaze is flavoured with an ingredient I’ve talked about a bit on Instagram, but not yet over here - Populum’s full spectrum hemp oil. CBD oil is essentially an oil extracted from the buds of the hemp plant (you can read more about it on Populum’s page). I first started taking the oil about six months ago, and have noticed a huge difference. I take it for anxiety management, but know of others who use it for pain relief and alleviating other symptoms - there is also a pet version I use for my foster cats to help calm them down a little during the socialisation process! Populum is an amazing company and I am super proud to work with them - their oil is super high quality, tastes great, and they are transparent about their business practices. Everything comes in beautiful packaging, along with a lab report of the latest breakdown of what is in your product.

I don’t talk about it too much around here, but, since moving to New York, I’ve become a bit of an anxious wee thing. It started off as what I thought was homesickness (not going to lie, but the first two years I lived here kind of sucked and I didn’t have a great time), but as I have gotten to know my body a bit better and am able to pick up a bit more on what’s going on, I have realised that it is anxiety rearing it’s ugly little head. I read a whole lot about CBD oil and anxiety and so decided to give it a go - and while it definitely hasn’t made my anxiety go away, I have found that the CBD oil makes it a whole lot more manageable for me, by taking the edge off, which helps me manage my symptoms. I think talking about mental health is super, super important, and not something to be ashamed of, or to keep to yourself - I truly believe that there is strength in numbers, and by sharing what works for us, and talking about things, it helps to reduce some of the stigma, and normalise what some people may see as something to be ashamed of. With that being said, I am a huge believer of ‘you do you’ - please make sure that you do your own research before trying different things - I totally understand that not all methods work for everyone, no body or brain is the same.

Another thing that I love about Populum is the taste - it contains a cold pressed Orange oil, which makes it super easy to take - I usually just drop it straight into my mouth, but have been meaning to try it in baking for a long while now. I incorporated it into the glaze of these doughnuts - I was originally going to use an orange juice to provide the liquid and then add the CBD oil alongside, but after a few tests, we found that the oil alone was enough to provide a beautiful, subtle orange flavour to the doughnuts, which complimented the zest in the dough. The doughnuts themselves are super easy to make - I just went with my very favourite brioche dough, which I made the night before, cutting down on the rising time needed the day of, and making rolling out the dough a breeze (cold brioche dough is super, super easy to work with!). You can absolutely mix up the glaze of this if you wanted to try a different variation, but I love that it is a super delicious, fun way to take your CBD if you are looking to switch it up a little!

A few wee tips:

  • I used the 1000mg oil in these because it is what I usually take - but you can use whatever you like in here. When I first started taking populum I started with the 250mg oil and worked my way up.

  • If you don’t have any access to the CBD oil, a little orange extract to taste in the glaze will be delicious, or you can replace some of the heavy cream in the recipe with a little freshly squeezed orange juice.

  • I made the dough the night before - the great thing about this brioche recipe is that it can be done both ways, making the dough the day of, or the night before and doing the first rise in the fridge overnight.

  • Some people use a doughnut cutter, but I don’t have one, so just used two circle cutters. If you don’t want to make doughnuts with holes in the middle, just skip the middle hole. The doughnut holes are great for testing the oil temp, and for a sneaky wee snack while you are frying!

  • A thermometer is a must for frying - if the oil is too hot, the doughnuts won’t cook properly in the middle, and if it is too cold, they will absorb too much and will be greasy, so a thermometer is needed to help you get the right temperature. Make sure you check the temp of the oil and adjust before you fry each batch. I use a cast iron dutch oven to fry in, which helps to regulate the temperature too.

  • I have added a general guideline of the cream to add in the glaze - I find it varies a little every time, so start adding the cream a tablespoon at a time, until you have a glaze consistency you are happy with. I like to use the doughnut holes as a test!

 

 

Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD Glaze

- Makes about 12 doughnuts -

Orange Brioche Dough
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
240g whole milk, lukewarm
4 Tbsp (50g) sugar, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp freshly grated orange zest
565g (3 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
90g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Neutral oil, for frying

Orange CBD Glaze
200g Powdered sugar, Sifted
2-3 Tbsp heavy cream (see notes)
1-2 droppers of Populum Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, to taste (see notes)
Orange gel food colouring (optional)
Sprinkles to finish (Optional)

 

- PROCESS -

BRIOCHE DOUGH

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk and 2 Tbsp of the sugar. Mix well, and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the sugar and orange zest, rubbing with your fingers to incorporate the zest into the sugar. Add the flour and salt. Mix briefly to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla, and foamy yeast mixture to the bowl. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is starting to come together. It may look slightly dry but do not worry - it will mix together nicely in the next steps. Increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for another 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and smooth.

Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is fully incorporated into the dough before adding the next piece. This process should take 3-4 minutes. Once the butter is fully incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for a further 10 minutes, until the dough is very soft and smooth.

Transfer to an oiled bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until doubled in size, approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours. You can also place the dough into the fridge, and do the first rise overnight.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Roll the dough out to about 1/2” (1.2cm) thick. Using a circle cutter (I used a 3 1/4” circle), cut out circles of dough and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving room between. Cut holes from the middles of the circles using a 1” circle cutter. Place the doughnut holes on the sheet to proof alongside the doughnuts.

Lightly cover the baking sheets with plastic wrap, and leave the doughnuts to proof for a further 30 minutes (you may need to increase this time if you have done the first rise overnight). They should rise and become a little puffy - when you poke them lightly with your finger, it should leave a small indentation that springs back.

In the last 20 minutes of the doughnuts proofing, heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron works great). Heat the oil to 350°f / 180°c.

Once the oil has come to temperature, test it with a few scraps of dough. Gently lower the doughnuts, two at a time, into the hot oil. Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown, flipping every 30 seconds. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack placed over a baking sheet. Allow to cool while you repeat the frying process with the rest of the doughnuts.

 

GLAZE

Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Add the cream a Tbsp at a time, until you have a thick glaze - you want something that just runs off your spoon. Add the Populum CBD oil, and orange food colour, if using, and stir to combine. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off, before placing on a wire rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles if using, and leave to allow the glaze to set.

Best eaten on the day they are made.

Orange Brioche Doughnuts with Orange CBD glaze. Orange infused yeast raised brioche doughnuts are topped with a sweet glaze, enhanced with CBD oil. #doughnuts #cbd

Thank you so much to Populum for Sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons


 
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit
Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit

Hi! Coming at you with a wee spring inspired macaron this month! Ever since I discovered that the supermarket near me sells passionfruit pulp in a pouch, it’s been going into everything (I made passionfruit cream puffs today, coming at you soon!). I had some passionfruit curd leftover from testing this passionfruit layer cake a while back, so we repurposed it in these macs. Jase also just reminded me that this is our Twelfth macaron recipe that we have done - the very first macs we made together were actually passionfruit too, so this is a nice wee full circle situation!

The passionfruit curd is perfect for a mac filling - it is thick and silky, and the passionfruit cuts through the yolks and butter in the curd, giving it a much ‘lighter’ taste than something like lemon curd, which I find can get a little bogged down by the egg yolks and butter if it isn’t done right. We kept the pairing simple and filled the mac with a white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream - creamy and smooth, and the perfect compliment to the tangy curd filling. The shells were finished with a quick drizzle of white and passionfruit chocolate - which is a totally optional but super cute detail to add to tie everything together.

You could absolutely customise these if you wanted - you could do a lemon curd in the middle, or ditch the white chocolate in the buttercream and just have it as a vanilla base. The cool thing about macarons is that you can really mix and match the filling - we have found it easiest to keep the base shell the same recipe, coloured to compliment the flavour, and then drive the flavour through the fillings. So, please feel free to mix and match these as you feel fit! It’s all part of the fun.

A few wee tips:

  • All my Macaron tips are here!

  • Ideally, the passionfruit curd needs overnight to chill to come to the right consistency.

  • The White chocolate buttercream can be a little soft when you first add the chocolate. Popping it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes will help to firm it up, or you can pipe the macarons then rest in the fridge for an hour or so to help firm it up.

 

 

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons

- Makes about 24 Macarons -

Passionfruit Curd
225g passionfruit pulp
140g sugar
125g unsalted butter, cut into cubes (can be straight from the fridge)
5 egg yolks (around 200g worth)
1/4 tsp salt

Macaron Shells
170g ground almonds
300g powdered sugar
180g egg whites, at room temperature
160g sugar
A few drops of yellow gel food colouring
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Melted white chocolate and melted passionfruit chocolate to finish (optional - we used Valrhona passionfruit)

White Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream
125g egg whites
200g granulated sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
455g (16oz, or four sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
250g white chocolate, melted and cooled.

 

- PROCESS -

PASSIONFRUIT CURD

Place the Passionfruit pulp in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to separate the seeds from the pulp. Strain through a sieve into a medium saucepan. Reserve the seeds.

Add the remainder of the ingredients to the saucepan, and place over medium heat. Whisk well to combine. Place over medium low heat, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the curd has thickened significantly - enough that it coats the back of a spoon well, and when you run a finger through, it leaves a very clear track.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve into an airtight container, and stir in 1-2 Tbsp of the reserved passionfruit seeds. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the surface of the curd. Refrigerate until completely cool, ideally overnight.

 

MACARON SHELLS

Preheat oven to 300˚f / 150˚c, and position the oven rack in the centre of the oven. Using a round cookie cutter or the base of a large piping tip (something about 1.5 inches in diameter), draw a "template" for your macarons on a piece of parchment paper, leaving about 3/4" between each circle. 

Combine the almond meal and powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Sift the mixture twice, to ensure there are no large lumps and that the mixture is properly aerated. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, increase the mixer speed, and whip on high until the meringue starts to firm up. Add yellow gel food colour a few drops at a time, until the desired colour is reached. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. Continue to whip until the meringue forms stiff peaks (there is a good example here). 

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Add half of the ground almond and powdered sugar mixture, and fold into the meringue. You want to deflate the meringue just a little at this stage, to combine the meringue and ground almond mixture. 

Add the remaining ground almond mixture, and stir lightly to combine. Now comes the important part - mixing the batter to the correct consistency. Again, this video does a good job of explaining it. Fold the mixture in a series of 'turns', deflating the batter by spreading it against the side of the bowl. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat the movement - scooping the batter from the bottom of the bowl, and spreading it against the side. Continuously check the consistency of the batter - you want it to flow like lava when you lift the spatula from the bowl, and you should be able to 'draw' a figure 8 with it, without the batter breaking (again, watch lots of videos to get an idea! They help so much). This step can take some practice until you know what it should feel and look like. If in doubt you are better to under mix them than over mix them - the process of putting the batter into the bag and piping out will help mix a little too.

Fit a large pastry bag with a medium sized round tip, such as an ateco #805. Place the macaron template on a sheet pan, and place a second piece of parchment over it. Holding the piping bag at a 90˚ angle to the surface, pipe out the batter into blobs the size of the circles drawn on the template. Finish off each piped circle with a little "flick" of your wrist to minimise the batter forming a point (it will still form a small one, but we can get rid of this with banging). Remove the template from under the macarons.

Hold the baking sheet in two hands, and carefully but firmly, evenly bang it against the bench. Repeat this a few more times - this will get rid of any air bubbles, remove points on the top, and help them to spread out slightly. 

Repeat the piping and banging process until you have used up all of the batter - I usually make three sheet pans worth.

Allow the macarons to dry at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, or until they form a skin that you can touch without your finger sticking to them. This time will drastically vary depending on the humidity. 

About fifteen minutes before you are going to bake the macarons, place a spare sheet pan in the oven to preheat - this is going to be used to place under the pan with the macarons on it, to double up, which should help with even baking. Bake the macarons one sheet at a time - place the sheet with the macarons on the preheated sheet, and place in the oven. 

Bake for approximately 18 minutes, rotating the pan once during the cooking process, and checking for doneness after 15 minutes. The macarons should develop a foot (the ruffled part on the bottom of the macaron), and bake without browning. To see if they are done - press down lightly on a shell. If the foot gives way, it needs a little longer, if it is stable, then it is close to being done. Test a macaron shell - if you can peel it away cleanly from the paper, they are done. If they are stable but cannot yet peel away cleanly, give them another minute or so. Again, this part takes a little trial and error depending on your oven. If they seem done but do not peel away cleanly, do not worry - there is a little trick for that! 

Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes before peeling off the parchment paper and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack. Repeat the baking with the remaining trays, using the same spare sheet pan to double up.

If your macs do not peel away cleanly, place them, on the parchment paper, into the freezer for 5-10 minutes, then peel away from the paper. 

Store cooled macarons in an airtight container until ready to use. 

WHITE CHOCOLATE SWISS MERINGUE BUTTERCREAM

Place the egg whites, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer or a heat proof bowl. Place over a pot of simmering water, ensuring that the water does not touch the bowl. Heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture registers 160˚f / 70˚c on a thermometer and the sugar has dissolved. Carefully transfer the bowl to the mixer, and fit with the whisk attachment. Whip the egg whites on high until they are white and fluffy, and the mixture has cooled, 8-10 minutes. Add the butter one chunk at a time. The mixture may look curdled - but just keep mixing! Once all the butter is incorporated, mix on high for a further 10 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.

While the buttercream is mixing, melt the chocolate in a small heatproof bowl in 30 second increments in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly. 

Once the buttercream has finished mixing, and is smooth and silky, add in the cooled chocolate. Mix for a further 2-3 minutes, then switch to the paddle attachment and mix on low for one minute to remove any air. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip.

ASSEMBLY

Place the shells on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, Melt white chocolate and passionfruit chocolate, and place into small piping bags. Snip a small hole in the end of each bag, and drizzle the shells with chocolate. Place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to set the chocolate. Place the passionfruit curd into a small piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pair up each macaron shell with another of an equal size. Pipe a ring of buttercream on one half of the shell, then a blob of the curd in the middle. Place the second shell carefully on top. Repeat with the rest of the macarons. Macarons are best chilled overnight to allow the flavours to meld, but can also be eaten immediately. 

Passionfruit and White Chocolate Macarons - Vanilla bean macaron shell, filled with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and tangy passionfruit curd, then finished with a chocolate drizzle. #frenchmacaron #macarons #passionfruit

Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns


 
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate
Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate

I’ve been meaning to post a wee variation on my Swedish Cinnamon Roll recipe for a while now, but just kinda never got around to it. It’s a super popular recipe on the blog, and I totally understand why - swirly bread, cardamom, and swedish pearl sugar is the most perfect combo.

We dreamed these Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame buns up during a baking day with my good friend Rachel, who owns an amazing Tahini and Halva business, Seed and Mill, in Chelsea Market here in NYC. We spent the day shooting at her beautiful apartment in Chelsea - there was loads of Tahini and Chocolate, and a casual professional butt mask shoot going on in the living room (It’s exactly what you think it is). There was loads of baking, and a couple of weird recipe tests, and a whole lot of butts. Dream day, right?!

I made the dough the evening before, and did the first rise in the fridge, and Rachel made a ridiculous dark chocolate tahini spread to go inside the buns. We rolled out the dough, slathered it with the chocolate tahini mixture, then folded it up, cut it into strips, and twisted the strips into twirly, swirly buns. The buns look complicated to make, but lots of the hard work is done by twisting the strip up so it is swirly before you shape it into the final bun.

To me, these are the perfect variation on the swedish bun. Because there is no sugar in the filling, they aren’t super sweet, but the flavour of tahini and chocolate play beautifully with the sesame on top. They are easy to make but look fancy, and I love how fun and pretty the twisted dough looks. Enjoy! x

A few wee tips:

  • This little tutorial from the lovely Izy is a perfect visual on how to make these! Basically you go around your fingers and thumb twice, then take your thumb out before you take the strip over the top and tuck it under. Watch the gif. It makes it much less confusing. Even if they get a bit messy, I promise they will still taste amazing

  • These aren’t super sweet. We finished them with some sesame seeds, but if you wanted to up the sweetness in them, you could finish them with some swedish pearl sugar.

  • Ideally the tahini chocolate filling needs a little bit of time to rest and cool - either overnight, or a few hours. It won’t go super solid like nutella, but it will thicken a little as it sits!

  • You may have a little filling leftover, but it is great served with the buns, on toast, or drizzled over a banana.

  • If I know I am making something ahead of time, I like to do the first rise overnight. Just make the bread dough, shape into a ball, and place into a large bowl (I usually just reuse my mixer bowl), and leave it in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning the dough is risen and will be super easy to work with! I find if I rise overnight I can skip the chilling step once the dough is rolled out.

 

 

Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns

- Makes about 12 -

Bread Dough
250g whole milk, lukewarm
100g sugar, divided
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
525g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 small egg, at room temperature
75g (5 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Filling
200g Bittersweet dark chocolate (I used 65%)
200g Tahini (I used Seed and Mill)
1/8 tsp salt

Sesame Seeds or Swedish pearl sugar to sprinkle (see notes)

 

- PROCESS -

BREAD DOUGH

Place the lukewarm milk, 1 Tbsp of the sugar, and the yeast in a medium sized bowl, and stir to combine. Leave for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, place the flour, salt, and remaining sugar, and mix briefly to combine. 

Add the milk mixture and the egg to the dry ingredients, and mix on low for 2-3 minutes. Increase the speed of the mixer to medium, and mix for a further 5 minutes. Add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is incorporated until adding the next piece. Mix for a further 7-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and soft. 

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm place until doubled in size, 45 minutes to an hour. Alternatively you can do the first rise overnight.

 

DARK CHOCOLATE TAHINI FILLING

Combine all of the filling ingredients in a heat safe bowl, and place over a pot of simmering water to create a double boiler setup. Ensure that the bowl does not touch the water. Heat, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture has combined. Do not whisk or you could cause the tahini to seize. Transfer into a jar and allow to sit at room temperature for at least an hour, or overnight. Store at room temperature.

ASSEMBLY

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 24"x15" (60cm x 40cm) rectangle. If you find that the dough is snapping back and hard to work with, cover it lightly with a tea towel and leave it for 5 minutes to relax before continuing to roll out. 

Using an offset spatula, spread about 6 Tbsp of the dark chocolate tahini spread over the dough, ensuring the mixture goes right to the edges. Holding the short side, starting on the left, fold the dough over a third, then fold the right side over so that it covers the left, the same way that you would fold a letter to go into an envelope. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet, cover lightly with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes to help the filling firm up a little. (See notes)

Remove the dough from the fridge and transfer back to your work surface. Roll out slightly, to a rectangle approximately 15”x12” (40cm x 30cm). Using a ruler and a pastry wheel, working on the short side (so cutting long strips), cut the dough into long strips approximately 2cm (0.8 inches) wide. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Working with one strip at a time, holding both ends, twist the strip a couple of times. Then, hold one end in your hand, and wrap the other end twice around your four fingers and thumb. Remove your thumb, and loop the strip over the top of the roll, and tuck it in underneath along with your thumb loop (see notes for tutorial). Place each bun on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little space between each. Once you have twisted all of your buns, cover the baking sheet loosely with plastic, and allow to sit in a warm place for 30-40 minutes, or until the cinnamon rolls have risen slightly. While the rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 400°f / 200°c. 

Lightly egg wash each roll, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15 minutes, checking after 12, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, before transferring to a wire rack and allowing to cool completely.  Serve with extra tahini chocolate spread.

Store remaining rolls in an airtight container. Warm slightly in the microwave before serving. 

Dark Chocolate, Tahini, and Sesame Buns - a variation on the traditional swedish cinnamon bun, sweet dough is filled with a dark chocolate tahini spread, before being rolled out and twirled into perfect little buns. These are easy to make, and super pretty, not to mention crazy delicious. #swedishbuns #tahini #chocolate