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Beau Gustafson; Katie Stoddard Photo by: Beau Gustafson; Katie Stoddard

Chocolate-Filled Buns

"I remember eating chocolate-filled croissants around the holidays as a child. I decided to create something that has the best of all worlds: easy to make, whole wheat, soft dough, and, most importantly, chocolate. I like to chill the chocolate before shaping the buns so it doesn't melt while I'm working with it." --Christina Erickson, Los Banos, CA

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2007

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 bun)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (about 7 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages quick-rise yeast (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour (about 10 1/2 ounces)
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten

Preparation

Lightly spoon whole wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and quick-rise yeast in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.

Combine milk, 1/2 cup water, butter, and canola oil in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until mixture is warm (100° to 110°). Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir 1 minute. Add egg; stir 1 minute. Lightly spoon bread flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add bread flour to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn mixture out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 2 minutes.

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; lightly coat top of dough with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface, and punch down. Divide dough into 16 equal portions; shape each portion into a ball. Working with one ball at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll dough into a 5-inch circle. Place about 1 1/2 teaspoons chocolate in the center of circle. Roll up dough tightly, jelly-roll fashion; pinch seams to seal. Place buns, seam side down, on a baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Tuck ends under; cover. Repeat procedure with remaining dough and chocolate.

Lightly coat dough with cooking spray; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 40 minutes or until doubled in size. Lightly brush tops of buns with egg white.

Bake at 375° for 17 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 194
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 5.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.9g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 18mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 245mg
  • Calcium: 24mg
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