Chocolate Chip Pull – Apart Buns
Please use standard measuring cups and spoons. Fresh ingredients for best results.
For the yeast:
5 tablespoons warm water (75 ml)
3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) sugar
1 teaspoon active dry yeast (please use fresh packet with latest manufacturing date)
Dilute 1 teaspoon active dry yeast with 5 tablespoons warm water and 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) sugar. Gently stir well. Let it stand for 15 minutes, until it fermented and will be doubled in quantity.
If the yeast is not fermenting as described never go any further. The flour won’t rise. Get a new pack of yeast (or 2 different brands) with latest manufacturing date and start all over again.
For the dough:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour (maida) Indian standard measuring cup of 200 ml / 8 oz capacity)
2 teaspoon butter
½ cup / 100 ml warm milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon chocolate chips
1 teaspoon extra butter (to grease baking dish)
2 teaspoon butter (for the final stage)
Melt 2 teaspoons butter in 100 ml / ½ cup warm milk and keep aside.
Place 1 1/2 cups of flour in a large bowl and stir in salt. Make a well in the centre, and pour 75 ml milk – butter mix (first start with 75 ml / approximately 3/4th cup, later adjust with remaining milk) and fermented yeast mixture .
Knead into a dough. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoon of reserved milk if required until you have a soft moist dough that can be handled well and soft. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead for at least 10 minutes (make an extra soft dough – softer than a soft toy).
Finally mix it with chocolate chips. Knead until well combined. Return to the bowl, cover with a wet towel / cling film and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending upon the quality of the yeast). Wet towel or Cling film / Plastic wrap should not touch dough.
Punch the dough down. Divide into 5 parts. Shape each into a round bun and place it in a round baking dish of 15 cm in diameter. Cover with a wet towel or cling film again and let it rise in a warm place until doubled (see the 2nd photo) about 30 minutes. Leave 1 - inch gap between each bun.
Decorate with additional chocolate chips if required. Preheat oven (OTG) at 375 * F or 190 * C and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool. Serve with any accompaniment of your choice.
Tip: To get additional shining and flavour for buns, apply normal butter (@ room temperature) lightly on buns when it's very hot.