Cream Cheese and Chocolate Soudough Swirls
Back to the buns. I confess I was dubious. I thought they would be dreadful. I had never made chocolate bread before. I thought the filling would be sickly.
Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Buns, Sweet bread
For the dough
Wheat sourdough starter from the vat in the fridge
White wheat flour
Bicarbonate of soda
This is necessary to help it rise without becoming really tough and dry - the cacao really slows the rise.
For the filling
60 g unsalted butter
at room temperature
melted and cooled butter to brush on the dough
60 g milk
Measure the sourdough starter into a large bowl and return any remaining starter to the refrigerator.
Add 50 g of the flour and all the water. Stir and cover with a shower hat, and leave on the counter for around 8 hours.
Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead well for 10 minutes.
Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a shower hat and leave for 4 hours.
Meanwhile, using a hand beater, beat together the ingredients for the filling.
Chocolate dough - looks like cake batter which was a bit disturbing at first
Scrape the dough onto a heavily floured surface and lightly flour the top.
Roll it into a rectangle that is 55 cm x 25 cm.
Gently spread the filling all over the dough - this is harder than it sounds so just be patient.
Spread the cream cheese mixture on the dough.
Roll the dough up from one of the long ends, using a scraper to help you.
Place it seam side down on the counter and slice the sausage of dough into 18 equal pieces.
Roll it up!
Place the pieces of dough on to a well buttered baking sheet (or two).
Brush the tops and sides with butter and then cover with plastic wrap and let the buns rest for 2 hours or until they pass the probe test.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and put the buns in.
Bake the buns for 30 minutes.
Remove them from the tray with a spatula and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
If you would like to ice them, mix the icing ingredients together and then, with a spoon, dribble the icing all over the tops of the buns.