Now these were rather good! Sticky, sweet and indulgent - perfect bank holiday tea food.
These nicely rounded off a barbeque and part 3 of The Hobbit (the only part I have ever seen) with The Fair Physiologist, The Pure Mathematician in Exile, Little Boy Red and The Aerospace Godfather.
I can neither confirm nor deny that they also served as the starter.
This is one I will be aiming to bake again. So far I have come to the conclusion that many of the recipes in this book very easily fit into two categories, "bake again" and "don't bother"!
For an extra chocolate-hazelnut kick, I substituted half of the butter in the filling with chocolate-hazelnut spread (Nutella) - yum!
These are best eaten fresh and warm on the day they are baked, but if there are leftovers (haha) a quick 15-20 seconds in the microwave (per bun) the next day, is almost as good.
A word of warning: If you eat these in front of a 10 month old who is not allowed anything so sweet and sticky, he will pull the most pitiful looks and repeatedly point at your plate, giving you the worst guilt trip ever. Just saying.
300ml lukewarm whole milk
25g caster sugar
1+1/2 tsp dried active yeast (that's 1 tsp "quick" yeast or "fast-action")
500g strong white bread flour
1 tsp salt
85g unsalted butter, cubed
50g unsalted butter, softened (I substituted 25g of butter for 25g of Nutella)
100g caster sugar
100g finely chopped hazelnuts (I just whizzed whole nuts in a coffee grinder until I had something resembling chopped nuts)
25g cocoa powder
1 large egg, beaten (for glazing before the oven - I didn't bother, the buns are hidden under so much sugary glaze that this didn't seem necessary, but if you weren't making the sugary glaze, might be worth it)
50g unsalted butter, softened
300g icing sugar, sifted
125g full-fat cream cheese
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