Thursday, February 2, 2012

Orange and chocolate buns

I wanted them to taste like Terry's chocolate orange. The options hot chocolate comes in an orange flavour that's really good especially when made with milk. Kudos to Karl for coming up with the idea of using the orange hot chocolate for the icing. This makes 24 buns.
  • 75g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 90g soft brown sugar
  • 2tsp orange essence
  • zest of one large orange
  • 3 eggs (the ones I used were quite small)
  • 225g plain flour
  • 65g cocoa
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • 220ml milk
Beat the butter and sugar together then beat in the eggs, followed by the essence and the zest. 

A note on zesters: get one. It may seem like a pointless piece of kitchen equipment but if you get one you'll find you use it all the time as they give lovely strips of zest.

Anyway, stir in the dry ingredients (putting in a bit of milk if necessary), then the rest of the milk. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 mins if making regular sized buns (if making larger adjust accordingly but beware of opening the oven to check too often as you lose a significant amount of heat everytime). Cool on a wire rack. Then ice (see below).
For the icing
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 50g cocoa
  • 50g drinking chocolate (if you have orange flavour use that)
  • 100g butter softened
  • about 5 tbsp milk
Sieve the dry ingredients together and beat in the butter. It should look crumbly, if it doesn't add a teaspoon more. Add the milk little by little until you get a nice smooth consistency. 

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