Friday, 14 February 2014

Chocolate hearts

Chocolate hearts for Valentine's Day. This is the recipe for chocolate bread which I transformed into chocolate heart shaped buns. The buns were spongy, soft. I enjoyed them with butter and orange marmalade.
The recipe comes from 'Home baking cookbook'.

Ingredients for 6 buns:
  • 225g flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 150 ml water
Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder into a an electric mixer bowl. Add the sugar and yeast (if they don't need to be dissolved with water first - check on package). Mix everything together. 

In a jug mix the warm water and oil. If your yeast need to be dissolved stir them in now. 

Pour the wet ingredients into a dry ones. Mix with a dough hook until form a dough. Then knead for 5-10 more minutes. 
Transfer the dough into an oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. 

Brush muffin tin holes with oil. 
Tour out the dough again and knead lightly for 1 minute. Cut into 6 even pieces and place each in muffin tin hole. Cover with a cloth and leave to prove in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Bake the buns for 25 - 30 minutes. Transfer the buns to wire rack and leave to cool. Serve with butter and jam.
If you would like to make a loaf of bread from this recipe double to amount of ingredients, follow the method and bake in 900g loaf tin. 


  1. Hello I would like to talk to you about a small food translation and photography project. How can we contact you via email?
    Claudia & Patrizia Corriero

    1. Hi, my e-mail address is . looking forward to hear from you. Monika

  2. Beautiful pictures and looks yummy :)