Isabelle Boucher

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns

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Nothing says “good morning” like a pan of still-warm buns right out of the oven, especially when they’re made with a rich, cocoa-spiked yeast dough and filled with a gooey swirl of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Best of all, with a little advance preparation the night before, these buns can be baked and on the table in under an hour for a lazy weekend brunch.

Eat them warm and gooey right out of the oven, or let them cool off and drizzle with sweet Peanut Butter Frosting for an extra boost of peanutty goodness.


Prep time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Yield: 18 buns

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns

Ingredients

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns Ingredients Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams and Smooth Operator peanut butters

For the dough
1 1/4 cup scalded milk (120-130°)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 – 3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
1/4 cup melted butter

For the filling
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

For the frosting
1 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
1/4 cup milk

Procedure

Make the dough
1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk, sugar and yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved, then set aside to proof for 5-10 minutes, or until foamy. (If no foam appears after 10 minutes, your yeast is too old – buy a fresh jar and start again)

2. In a large bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, cocoa and salt. Stir until blended. Combine peanut butter and melted butter in a second bowl, and stir until smooth. Pour into the flour mixture, along with the proofed yeast, and stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough comes together.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - Combine peanut butter and melted butter in a second bowl, and stir until smooth

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until the dough feels smooth and elastic, sprinkling with the remaining 1/2 cup flour as needed to keep from sticking. Shape into a ball, then transfer to a lightly greased bowl, turning once to coat the top of the dough with oil. Cover with a clean dishtowel and let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes, or until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - Knead for about 5 minutes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - let rise in a warm place for 30-60 minutes, or until doubled in size

Shape the rolls
1. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide in half. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease two 9-inch square baking pans, and set aside.

2. Roll each piece of dough into a 14” x 6” rectangle. Spread 1/4 cup peanut butter into an even layer on each rectangle, then sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. Starting from a long side, roll up each rectangle like a jelly roll, pinching the seams shut.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - Spread 1/4 cup peanut butter into an even layer on each rectangle, then sprinkle evenly with brown sugar

3. Using a length of dental floss, slice each roll into 9 pieces. Arrange the rolls, cut sides down, in the prepared pans. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, or until almost doubled in size.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - Using a length of dental floss, slice each roll into 9 pieces

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns - Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, or until almost doubled in size

Bake and frost the rolls
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. While the oven preheats, prepare the frosting by whisking together icing sugar, peanut butter and milk in a small bowl until smooth.

3. Bake the buns in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Let cool in the pan for 15-20 minutes before drizzling with Peanut Butter Frosting and serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns

For the filling, Isabelle uses Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter to complement the rich, cocoa-spiked dough. What other Peanut Butter & Co. flavor do you think would match up well with the cocoa dough? Leave a comment below and on Monday, July 23, 2012 we’ll choose a random commenter to win a 16oz jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams, the peanut butter used in this recipe! US residents only.

The random winner for this giveaway is Melissa.

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15 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns

  1. Tiffany says:

    That looks so good! I think Mighty Maple would go well as a filling too.

  2. Amy says:

    I think Crunch Time or The Bee’s Knees would be good also!

  3. Sharon Phillips says:

    PB, chocolate and bread, best of all worlds colliding!!

  4. Sharlyn Lauby says:

    I think White Chocolate Wonderful or Mighty Maple…maybe even Bee’s Knees.

  5. Melissa says:

    I think Cinnamon Raisin would make a perfect pairing!

  6. Eve McGee says:

    I’m having company over this weekend and am glad I found this recipe. I’m going to make it for them!!

  7. Julie R. says:

    Definitely White Chocolate Wonderful! Two yummy CHOCOLATE peanut butters for breakfast? Yes please!

  8. Arman L says:

    The best thing about being in NYC from Australia is the ability to fill my 50 lb suitacase limit with peanut butter and co products- did it last time did it again! this looks amazing!

  9. Julie Cover says:

    Now I’m really, really hungry!!

  10. Sarah says:

    The Bee’s Knees….I love pb with chocolate and honey!

  11. lucy ohslen says:

    uhhhh, mighty maple would be sooo good 🙂 especially with some pecans in there

  12. Rebecca Walker says:

    I’d go with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl because a) I love it and b) cinnamon and raisins totally go in a breakfast sweet roll! Yum to this recipe, and Yum to all your Peanut Butter options!

  13. Terri says:

    I think white chocolate wonderful would taste great!

  14. Francisco says:

    Cinnamon raisin swirl, with extra raisins! Or Crunch Time for a different texture. Or White Chocolate Wonderful and crushed banana chips! The possibilities are endless!

  15. Niyanta Chhetri says:

    This tastes heavenly! I think the cinnamon swirl will pair perfectly!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Buns