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Double Chocolate Buns

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  • Author: Alice Pagès
  • Prep Time: 7 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 buns 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan


These easy double chocolate buns bread with cocoa powder and big chocolate chunks in the dough are perfect for breakfast or for a delicious afternoon snack.


  • 1 1/2 cup strong flour (200 g)
  • 1 cup chestnut flour (100 g)
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water, lukewarm
  • 9 g fresh yeast, or 3 g dry instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks  
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts


  1. In a bowl, stir together water and yeast until combined and no lumps remain.
  2. Place the strong flour, chestnut flour, cocoa powder and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer, and mix to combine.
  3. Pour the yeast and water preparation and mix using the hook attachment on low-medium speed for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is soft and elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Alternatively, mix the ingredients until roughly combined then transfer to a flat surface and knead by hand for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Then add chocolate chips and roasted hazelnuts and keep kneading for a few more seconds until combined.
  5. Place the dough in a bowl lightly brushed with oil, cover and let sit in the fridge for 6 hours to allow the dough to ferment and the flavors to develop. For a quick version, let rise in a warm place for 1,5-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  6. When the dough has risen (in fridge or in a warm place), preheat the oven to maximal temperature and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and divide into 6 equals portions and shape each one into a diamond. Place the portions of dough on the prepared baking sheet and using a razor blade or a sharp knife, score the top of each piece of dough.
  8. Place in the oven and immediately spray with water. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the dough has risen. To check doneness, flip a bun and tap the bottom: if it sounds hollow, then it’s done! Place the buns on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Buns are best on the same day, but they’ll keep for up to 3 days wrapped in a clean towel or stored in a dry airtight container at room temperature.