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AirBaked Chocolate & Cranberries Bun

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This bun reminded me of a mooncake (the store just started selling mooncake for Chinese Mid-Autumn festival)....haha! Something fancy on the inside with the look of regular bun. 

This bun recipe is very versatile - if you are not in a mood to do some kneading then you can just add cocoa powder and chocolate chips (option 2: ketchup and cranberries) with the rest of the ingredients in the bread maker.

I used Tesco Bread Maker to knead and to complete the first proofing then baked it in the Philips AirFryer. 

AirBaked Chocolate & Cranberries Bun

170gm Milk
170gm Whipping Cream
40gm Sugar
3/4 tsp Salt
40gm Butter
20gm Milk Powder 
500gm Bread Flour
2 tsp Instant Yeast

10gm Ketchup (use tomato paste for a more intense color)
50gm Dried Cranberries
5gm Cocoa Powder
50gm Chocolate Chips (flour and freeze it!)

Glaze (optional):
1 Egg (beaten)

  • Sprinkle some flour (i used bread flour) on the chocolate chip and coat it evenly then freeze it for about 15 minutes. (Tips: this step will help the chips melts and still be visible after baking - not melted and incorporated with the dough)
  • Place all the ingredients (excepts condiments) in the bucket following the the order given in your manufacturer's manual, or in the order listed here.
  • Set the machine to Dough mode and let it run till the end.
  • Once the Dough mode is done, place the dough on a pastry mat and punch out the air. Divide the dough into 3 portions. 
  • Mix each kind of condiments with a portion of the dough. Knead it well to make sure the color is even. 
  • One portion will be the white color (no need to mix anything). Second portion to be mixed with ketchup and cranberries to create orange dough. Third portion to be mixed with cocoa powder and chocolate chips to create chocolate dough. 
  • Wrap the dough with cling film and let it proof for 10 minutes.
  • Punch the dough to get all the air out then start making smaller balls portion.
  • Flatten one of the white small ball dough then wrap it around with one of the colored dough. You can do it the other way around too!
  • Shape into balls and pinch to seal at the bottom. Repeat the same for all the dough.
  • Line the Airfryer basket with baking sheet, place the balls in the basket and cover with a damp cloth.
  • Let it proof for another the second time (40 minutes to 1 hour). Once it is ready, brush some egg wash on the dough before baking. 
  • Preheat the Airfryer at 150°C. 
  • AirBaked these buns at 150°C for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

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