Sunday, 12 July 2009

White Chocolate Buns

Today I decided to enjoy a lazy Sunday doing a touch of easy baking and bake a recipe I’ve had book-marked for a while. The selected recipe is for these White Chocolate Buns from Rachel Allen’s “Food for Living”, a must have cookbook if you love Rachel Allen. I have all her books and each and every one of them is filled with lovely recipes and this recipe is no exception. If like myself you love white chocolate then these babies are sure to satisfy that craving. The buns have a light and fluffy sponge, finished off with a swirl of melted white chocolate. Perfect to serve with afternoon tea among friends.

White Chocolate Buns

Makes 12

125g butter
75ml milk
75g white chocolate, chopped
200g caster sugar
150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 egg
½ tsp vanilla extract

For the topping
75g white chocolate, chopped

Preheat the oven to 170oC/325oF/Gas mark 3 and line a bun tray with 12 paper bun cases.

In a medium-sized saucepan on a low heat melt the butter and then add the milk, white chocolate and caster sugar and stir until the chocolate has melted and the sugar dissolved. Stir to mix and set aside to cool for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and beat the egg in a separate small bowl. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture, stir to mix and then pour into the dry ingredients, folding it together. Pour the mixture into the bun cases and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until pale golden and just firm on top. Remove from the oven; take the buns out of the bun tray and leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the topping, melt the 75g of chocolate in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water. Allow it to cool slightly until it’s a little thicker, then, using a table knife or the back of a teaspoon; spread the melted chocolate over each cooled bun. Alternatively, drizzle the melted chocolate from a spoon in delicate patterns over the top. Allow the chocolate to set before serving.


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

They do look delicious Maria! I will have to give them a go :)

Rhyleysgranny said...

I love Rachel Allen too. These look delicious.

Katiecakes said...

I bought this book yesterday, found it for £4.99. What a bargain!

This recipe caught my eye too, they look so pretty and feminine :)

Katie xox

Nic said...

Anything with white chocolate gets my vote!

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream) said...

I make these a lot for Lowen. They are scrummy

The Caked Crusader said...

I love white chocolate but don't bake with it much as other members of my family don't like it. These look lovely, so I might have to make them and eat them all myself!

DiscoverWDW said...

Oooh white chocolate = a must try for me!

Hmm, when I used white chocolate back on the S&S monthly bake though I had a terrible time with spreading it smoothly and I certainly wasn't able to drizzle it. I did do mine in the microwave so wasn't watching every single second - wonder if I just under or over melted it then *ponders*

These buns would be an ideal opportunity to try it again :)

pam said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! Your blog is so pretty - pink is my favorite color!!

Reeni said...

These looks heavenly with the white chocolate!

Kelly-Jane said...

They look delicious, yum! I love Rachel Allen too.

Maggie said...

These look like another Rachel Allen winner!
They look very pretty too.

Anna said...

Oh I love Rachel Allen! And white chocolate, mmmm. Actually I believe we do have some in the cupboard... maybe a plan for today!

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those white chocolate buns look divine Maria!!

Rachel Allen has some gorgeous recipes in her books and as you know I'm a fan too :0)

Rosie x

Caroline said...

They look lovely Maria - simple and delicious!

MrsB said...

lovely cakes, I bet they tasted delicous, they look really sweet and chic!

Maria said...

I enjoy white chocolate, great little buns!

junko said...

These look so pretty!

Anne said...

They look yummy, love the white choc element too!

Sophie said...

They are very pretty! White chocolate sounds like it'd be yummy with cupcakes :).

saraocallaghan said...

Hi Maria.

I usually love Rachel Allen's recipes and find them so easy to do. But I've been having serious trouble with these! Mine look more like yorkshire pudding and I've taken to calling them my cookie-buns. Have you had any trouble with them? I've followed the recipe exactly twice with the same result.

Thanks a mill!