Cinnamon buns with walnuts, apple & chocolate

So here is my healtier version of a classic cinnamon bun stuffed with fruits and nuts – and dark chcolate. Who can resist that anyway?! I always think of my grandmother when I make the dough. She used to add cardamomme to her bread. Anyway, this is the dough I use for classis cinnamon buns as well. See the filling below, if you want the sweeter version. 

The dough

  • 7 oz / 200 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast / 50 gr bakers yeast
  • 3.5 oz / 100 gr butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamomme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pound and 1 oz / 500 gr flour

The filling

  • 2 small apples, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, add to the sugar and stir

The procedure

  1. Pour milk and yeast into a big bowl and stir.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and knead until the dough is smooth and pliable.
  3. Cover the dough and let rest for about 1 hr or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C.
  5. Put a little flour on the counter top to avoid sticking and roll out the dough to a rectangle app 18″x12″ or 45 x 30 cm.
  6. Spread the filling evenly onto the dough.
  7. Roll into a log and cut into pieces app 3/4″ or 2 cm wide.
  8. Put in greased muffin pan. Bake for 12-14 min.

Yields 24

Filling for classic cinnamon buns

Mix the following ingredients well and spread evenly on the dough:

  • 5 1/4 oz / 150 gr softened butter
  • 3 oz / 85 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Suggestions

You can cut the dough in half after rolling it out and make 2 different types of buns from one dough. If you use the cardamomme dough and want the lemon flavor with your goat cheese, walnut, date buns, then top filling with some fresh grated lemon zest.

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