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Chocolate buns

Hello,

In Spain there are a very popular chocolate buns called bollycao, specially popular on the youngest population, and on this recipe I emulate these popular chocolate buns. They taste truly amazing but there is a lot of work behind, having some robot to perform the kneading will be great to save a lot of time.

Ingredients (to obtain about 8 buns):

  • 500 gr flour
  • 400 gr milk
  • 175 gr sugar
  • 100 gr butter
  • 300 gr chocolate

Let’s start preparing a preferment with 100 gr of flour, 5 gr of dry baker’s yeast (and if you have fresh baker’s yeast use about 15 gr dissolved in milk) and 100 gr of milk. Mix well and let rest all night cover with transparent film.

Next day add 400 gr of flour, 300 gr of milk, 175 gr of sugar and one tea spoon of salt. First mix everything in the bowl and then you should start to knead this dough, as you can see in the video this dough is like processed baby food really difficult to work due it’s high percentage of liquids. You can knead using the technique of lifting the dough, turn 90 degrees bash it to the table drag to you and fold over itself, after time and time it will become more handleable.

When the dough is quite handleable add 100 gr of butter, which must be some hours out of fridge. Integrate the butter in the dough and again it starts a knightmare in your kitchen, you will believe Gordon Ramsay will enter through your door and blame you for quite long. I took about 2 hours kneading, it is good to make some pauses like kneading 5 minutes, resting 5 minutes and knead again, these pauses help the dough to be more handleable. Of course if you have a food processor able to knead, it will save you lots of time.  As a tip, to clean your hands, instead of water get some flour and rub your hands, this way the rests of dough in your hands will dry and will be easier to wash, avoiding also obstruct your pipes.

When you feel the dough is handleable enough, let rest covered with transparent film for at least 4 hours.

After resting knead again the dough, but just about one minute. Spread some flour over the surface, cut a bit of dough and extend it over the surface with flour, place over the dough pieces of chocolate and then wrap the cocholate with the dough and roll it to get the chocolate sealed. You can fill them with dark or white chocolate, even with frozen custard or a mix of them.

Finally bake in the oven at 430 F (220º C) for 12 minutes.

Chocolate buns

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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Potato salad

Hello,

This is a very suitable recipe for summer, you can eat at ambient temperature and it is a good choice to bring to work on a tupper or to bring for a picnic.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Olives
  • Tuna
  • Anchovies
  • Egg

Start cooking the potatoes just cleaned wihout peeling in a pot with boiling water and handful of salt. Cook them for about 25 minutes and let rest off the water for at least one hour.

Then you will be able to peel them easily, after peeled cut them in small cubes and reserve in a bowl. Chop an onion and add it on the bowl, add also some ground pepper, about a dozen of olives cut in pieces, some anchovies, and tuna.

Instead of hard-boiled egg I prefer mix the salad with a mayonnaise, put an egg on a blender cup, some salt a few drops of vinegar or lemon and some sunflower oil. Let the mixer run on the bottom for 10 seconds and then move the mixer up and down until the mix is well integrated, you can add more oil slowly to obtain more mayonnaise.

Finally add the mayonnaise to the bowl and mix everything. Maintain in the fridge and remove the salad from fridge some hours before eating.

Potato salad

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com), also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

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