Nutella And Hazelnut Buns
These Nutella and hazelnut buns are filled with my delicious homemade Nutella and topped with rich chocolate icing and hazelnuts.
These buns, or rolls as they are known in America, just like the popular cinnamon rolls, are easy to make and get rave reviews from my family. Another great thing about this recipe is it is not just vegan but dairy-free and egg-free.
And you can also get vegan versions of Nutella in the shops now, so if you don’t have the time or the equipment, it couldn’t be simpler.
If you want to enjoy these freshly baked for breakfast, I have included an overnight method in the recipe.
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- EASE: easy to intermediate, some knowledge of kneading is required, or you can use a stand mixer.
- FREE FROM: dairy-free and vegan.
- GREAT FOR: breakfast, brunch or an afternoon treat.
- TASTE: sweet, chocolaty and nutty.
- TEXTURE: chewy, soft, tender and sticky.
- QUANTITY: 12 buns
- TIME: 2 hours 25 minutes
For this Nutella and hazelnut bun recipe all you need are these ingredients:
- Non-dairy milk (such as almond, oat, rice or soy milk) – adds flavour and replaces regular cows milk typically used in this type of recipe.
- Neutral-tasting oil (coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil) – creates moisture, makes the cake light and lengthens the cakes life span.
- Fresh or dried yeast– ferments the sugars in the flour and releases carbon dioxide, but because the dough is elastic and stretchable the carbon dioxide cannot escape, causing the dough to rise.
Using fresh or dried yeast, click here for further guidance!
- Strong white bread or all-purpose flour – is made from hard, high-protein varieties of wheat, which have a higher gluten content than other flours. Gluten is the substance that makes the dough more elastic and stretchable, giving the final baked product its fluffiness and lightness.
- Caster or granulated white sugar – adds sweetness and structure.
- Vegan homemade Nutella – adds the ultimate rich nutty chocolate flavour we all crave.
- Whole hazelnuts – adds texture and flavour.
- Pure vanilla extract or paste – to enhance the flavour.
- Powdered / Icing sugar – creates the ultimate shiny glaze when combined with the chocolate.
- Cocoa powder – adds a rich chocolate flavour and builds structure.
TIP: I highly recommend adding salt to your doughs and pastry. Salt helps balance out the sweetness and richness. It also elevates the other ingredients, bring out the best characteristics of any recipe. I recommend Maldon Sea salt flakes or Cornish sea salt.
Serving: one Nutella and hazelnut bun
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STORAGE AND FREEZING
These Nutella and hazelnut buns will stay fresh in an airtight container for 2 days at room temperature, especially if you warm them up a bit before serving.
Freezing: They also freeze well for up to 2 months, but are best frozen without the icing. To defrost simply leave on the kitchen worktop for half an hour and glaze as per recipe.
For this recipe, it is optional to use a stand mixer, but it can easily be made without one.
TIP: I highly recommend using metric measurements and a digital kitchen scale, rather than cup measurements. If you have ever ended up with dry, dense or crumbly baked goods, it might be because of inaccurate volume measurements, not all measuring cups are made equally. All my recipes on this blog are carefully developed so that you can easily recreate them in your own kitchen with success, using metric measurements. It is also a lot easier, less messy and you will get far better, consistent results. 🙂
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When heating the plant-based milk make sure that it is not too hot (ideal temperature is body temperature at 37°C/98°F), you should be able to comfortably put your finger in it and hold it there. If its too hot it will kill the yeast.
Use an extra sharp knife or a piece of cotton thread, when cutting the individual buns, otherwise the dough gets squashed, and the filling runs out.
Be extra careful not to over bake the buns as it results in them drying out.
Nutella & Hazelnut Buns
- 250 g non-dairy milk (almond, oat, rice or soy milk)
- 15 g fresh yeast (5g dried yeast)
- 50 g neutral-tasting oil (vegan butter, coconut, vegetable or sunflower oil)
- 450 g white bread flour
- 60 g caster sugar (4 tbsp)
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 130 g vegan nutella or homemade
- 40 g icing sugar (US powdered sugar)
- 150 g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp non-dairy milk (almond, oat, rice or soy milk)
- 20 g whole roasted hazelnuts (chopped )
- Dough: In a small saucepan, place the milk and oil, heating gently until it reaches body temperature 37°C/98°F. You should be able to comfortably put your finger in it and hold it there. If it's too hot it will kill the yeast.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the yeast. Set aside until needed.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt, then make a well in the middle and add the milk mixture. Using a wooden spoon or electric mixer, combine all the ingredients until they form a rough dough.
- Tip the dough out onto an un-floured surface (you shouldn’t need to add extra flour as this will make the dough too dry) and knead it for about 10 minutes. It will be sticky at first but become smooth and elastic as you knead it.
- If, like me, you’re too lazy, you can also place the dough into an electric stand mixer until it’s smooth and elastic.
- Once kneaded, shape the dough into a ball and place it in an oiled bowl. Cover and set aside to rise for about 1-2 hours in a warm place, until doubled.
- Shaping: Once the dough has proved and doubled in size, turn out the bowl and place the dough on a clean work surface that has been lightly dusted with flour. Punch it down and knead briefly. Then roll it out to a 30x40cm (12×16 inch) rectangle.
- Line or grease a 30x20cm (12×8 inch) baking dish with vegan butter.
- Assembly: Spread the Nutella filling across the rectangle of dough. I find it best not to overdo the filling, otherwise, it oozes out when rolling it up.
- Roll up the dough starting with one of the longer sides, so you end up with a long rolled sausage shape.
- Use a sharp knife or a piece of cotton thread to cut the dough into 12 equal buns. If you are using a piece of cotton thread, wrap it around the sausage shape dough and pull the ends in opposite directions to cut the dough.
- Arrange cut side down on the prepared baking tray or dish. It is ideal if they are not too far spaced apart, so that when they have proved the sides of the buns touch each other (this avoids them dryig out and being tough).
- Overnight choice: At this stage, the buns can be placed in the fridge overnight and continue in the morning. The next morning, remove the rolls from the fridge. Put your oven on its lowest setting, the ideal temperature is 30°C/ 86°F, and put the baking dish or tray into the oven for 20-25 minutes so they prove. Then after proving, remove them from the oven and rest on the side, while you preheat the oven to 180°C fan / 400°F / Gas 6.Once the oven is preheated, continue to follow the instructions below from baking!
- Second proving: Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to proof again for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C fan / 400°F / Gas 6.
- Baking: Place the buns in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. I like to cover the dish with a piece of foil for the first 10 minutes, to avoid them getting too much colour.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes then carefully lift them out and place on a wire rack.
- Glazing: Sift the icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl and gradually stir in the plant milk until it forms a thick pourable icing. Drizzle over the cooled buns.
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