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Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns

by Nick Makrides
Top down view of Hazelnut Babka Buns.

Nick’s favorite thing…

Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns! There are so many things I love about these Swedish Babka Buns with Nutella! I love how soft they are. I love the chocolate and how crispy it gets on the edges, and I love the orange in the though which makes it so aromatic and gorgeous!

Hazelnut Babka Buns in a baking tray.

What does Chocolate Hazelnut Babka Buns taste like?

This isn’t just about flavors, but also about textures. Let me break it down:

  • Hazelnut Spread – Delicious chocolate hazelnut spread.
  • Hazelnuts – these buns are littered with deliciously nutty hazelnuts which gives them some extra texture.
  • Orange Zest – The orange zest is so welcome with these buns. It kind of reminds me of sweet breads my grandma and mum would make when I was a kid.
  • Soft pillowy buns! – The soft pillowy texture, especially when they’re warm, is what makes these buns so special!

What are the ingredients I need?

Milk – I used regular milk here. But you can use plant-based milk too if you like.

Unsalted Butter – if you use salted butter, leave out the salt in the recipe.

Eggs – I used large eggs for this recipe.

Bread Flour – Bread flour is commonly used for making bread and buns. It has a higher gluten ratio compared to regular flour, resulting in a chewy bun. If you don’t have bread flour or can’t get it, you may use regular all-purpose flour (plain flour).

Caster Sugar – This is also known as superfine sugar and is much finer than granulated sugar but not as fine as powdered sugar.

Salt – I used regular fine salt.

Instant Dry Yeast – Instant dry yeast comes in an almost powered form and is perfect for home bakers. You can buy it, leave it in the fridge and use it when you need it and it lasts for ages. Instant dry yeast particles are smaller than Active dry yeast which allows them to devolve quicker. Meaning that if you’re confident the yeast is fresh and good, you don’t need to test if the yeast will froth before adding to the dry ingredients. So make sure you buy Instant dry yeast for this recipe!

Orange Zest – This is a magic ingredient in this recipe! I love how aromatic it makes the buns and the flavor it adds. Honestly guys, so good. Try it!

Hazelnut Spread – You can use any brand of Chocolate hazelnut spread you like.

Dark Chocolate – I used good quality dark cooking chocolate.

Cocoa powder – I used unsweetened cocoa powder.

Hazelnuts – I would recommend toasting these in the oven on a baking tray for 10 min on 150C. Then de-shell them by rolling and rubbing them around in a clean kitchen towel. Then chopp them up. The toasting releases oils in the nuts which makes them taste even more delicious and almost sweet.

My Top Tips!

  • I would recommend toasting your hazelnuts first.
  • The first bun will look like a hot mess if you’ve never made these before. The key here is to keep your hands as clean as you can to get neat looking buns.

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Hand holding Hazelnut Babka Bun.

Hand holding Hazelnut Babka Bun.

Nutella Babka Buns

Serves 8

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Buns

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/3 cups bread flour (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkt instant dry yeast
  • 1 orange, zested

Filling

  • 1/4 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted


Instructions

Buns

  • Add the milk and butter to a heatproof bowl or jug and microwave for 90 seconds or until the butter is melted. Then add the egg and use a whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Add the flour, caster sugar, salt, dry yeast, and orange zest into the bowl of a stand mixer and fit with a dough hook. Mix on low speed until well combined. Alternatively, you can use a whisk to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while the mixer is on medium low speed. Once the mixture forms a ball of dough, continue mixing for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can knead the dough against your workbench.
  • Cover the bowl with cling wrap and allow to rest in a warm spot for 1 hour. It will double in size.

Filling

  • Add all the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir until smooth. Add the toasted and chopped hazelnuts and mix.

Let's put them together!

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Set aside.
  • Once the dough has risen and doubled in size, take out of the bowl and place on a floured surface. Knead for 30 seconds until you form a smooth ball of dough. Split the dough into 8 pieces. I weighed the dough and then used kitchen scales to split evenly.
  • Create little dough balls. Then roll each ball into a long shape. Use a rolling pin to flatten into a rectangle shape.Add 1 tbsp of filling on top and then carefully and neatly roll up as shown in the video. Use a large knife to cut each roll in half leaving about 2 centimeters or one inch of the top of the roll uncut. Twirl the two pieces around each other and then tie in a knot. This process can be messy but try not to let it get too messy so there’s a good separation of dough and filling.
  • Once you’re done tying them all, lay on an oiled baking tray and lightly spray the top with more oil. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 45 minutes. Once they’ve had a second rising, brush with beaten egg and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Storage
Babka buns can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days. To reheat simply place in the oven for 10 minutes.
Bread Flour
Bread flour is commonly used for making breads and buns. It has a higher gluten ratio compared to regular flour, resulting in a chewy bun. If you don’t have bread flour or can’t get it, you may use regular all-purpose flour (plain flour).

Nutrition

Calories : 488kcal
Carbonhydrates: 52g
Protein: 11g
Fat: 26g
Saturated Fat: 14g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
Monounsaturated Fat : 8g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 60mg
Sodium: 323mg
Potassium : 271mg
Fiber: 4g
Sugar : 11g
Vitamin A: 516IU
Vitamin C: 3mg
Calcium: 85mg
Iron: 2mg
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