Chocolate Custard buns


Chocolate Custard buns
Chocolate dough (good for 12 buns)
Shared by Barry Apek on Facebook

370 gm bread flour (Japanese Prima)
30 gm cocoa powder (valrhona)
70 gm caster sugar
3 gm salt
1 large egg
1.5 tsp yeast
213 gm milk (1 used 220g)
40 gm butter

1. Put all ingredients (except butter) into a mixing bowl, using the hook attachment, knead until smooth before adding the butter and continue to knead until window pane.
2. Remove from bowl, hand knead briefly to smoothen then shape into a ball and return to lightly floured mixing bowl to proof.
3. Remove from bowl and punch down to de-gas. Divide dough into 12 portions (about 65g)
4. Take a piece and roll flat, keeping the center thicker, place a heaped tablespoon of custard into the center and seal up. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
5. Cover the buns with a damn cloth and allowe to proof until the doughs are really puffed up.
6. Apply egg wash and pipe on the swirls before baking at 170C (2nd lowest rack) for 20 minutes, turn inside out and continue to bake another 10 minutes or until golden.


Custard Filling:

80g Sugar
100g Egg (I lightly beat up 2 eggs and measure out 100g)
30g All Purpose Flour
20g Corn Starch
10g Custard flour (Use 30g custard flour and omit the corn starch if you want more yellow custard)
400g Milk
80g Butter (salted)
¼ tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)

To make the filling:
1. Sift all the flours together and mix well with lightly beaten egg. Heat milk, sugar and salt, stirring until sugar dissolved. On low heat, slowly add egg mixture while stirring to avoid lumps. Use a hand whisk to whisk vigorously until thickens and smooth. Remove from heat, stir in butter. Transfer to a bowl and cover with cling film touching the top of the custard. Chill until needed. Reserve about 30g for piping swirls on the top. Divide the balance into 6 portions for filling.


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