From failure comes success…

We had such big plans, Esmee and I, to create the most beautiful chocolate brioche you had ever seen. Es had made the dough the night before, I had gone for the shopping of all other ingredients and we were all set to make it a perfect baking session. However…. somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong.

Well maybe not horribly… Nobody died or anything but our soft and beautiful chocolate brioche came out more like a biscuit than the thing we had wanted it to be. Most likely due to the fact that we forgot to let it rise again after folding it and than the oven was on too high a temperature. Probably…

This was the original batch… Not bad looking, but it was rather bad tasting…

Chocolate croissant

While driving back home I figured I could do much better than that. We had also been working with ready made croissant dough (the kind you buy in a tin) and in the car I came up with the idea to make chocolate croissants out of it. In the shape of the original thing we went for.

So I drove straight to the supermarket, bought myself a tin of croissant dough and a jar of chocolate paste and homeward.

The perfect chocolate buns!

And hurray! This time they came out looking totally perfect. And more importantly, they tasted totally perfect too. Victory!

They’re possibly still a bit too chunky but I was kind of rushed and for what it is, they were delicious!
Chocolate brioche
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Chocolate buns

Delicious and super easy to make are these chocolate buns or chocolate croissant or whatever you want to call them!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 buns


  • 2 cans croissant dough the small ones
  • 1 jar chocolate paste
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 lime juice only


  • Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F)
  • Open the cans with dough and tear along the lines. Be careful though, you do not take them all apart but leave two of the diagonals stuck together making a rectangular shape. Each piece is made up of two regular croissants. Make sure you pinch the lines a bit so they are closed.
  • Dust a smooth surface with a bit of flour and place your rectangular piece of dough on it. Using a rolling pin make it a bit thinner. Spread with chocolate or nutella if that is more your thing. Make a roll in the length. You will now have a long thing tube.
  • Using a very sharp knife cut along the length of the roll and cut it in two. You will see all the chocolate layers. Twist this into a braid and roll the braid into round shape. Press the ends together and place on a baking tray. Repeat this for all 6 buns.
  • Place into the preheated oven and bake until golden and cooked through in about 20 minutes.
  • Make the icing by mixing the lime juice with the icing sugar. Drizzle this over the (cooled!) chocolate buns and serve right away.


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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