4 step easy chocolate fondant buns
Whether it's exam season or you've just moved into your new halls and need some home comforts – chocolate fondant buns are the answer. To everything.These buns give you an (albeit short-lived – depending how many you scoff!) sanctuary from stress. Indulge in a lovely light chocolatey bun with a rich chocolate sauce centre and your worries will melt along with them!
Making these fondant buns is a great method of procrastination – which any student is fond(ant) of – as we all know chocolate is a necessary part of our daily routines, and your happiness depends on it!
And at around £0.30 per bun, they're not super expensive either.
How to make your own chocolate fondant buns
Serves: 12 | Cost: around £8
Credit: John Loo
- 200g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 200g caster sugar
- 115g softened butter, cut into cubes
- 2 eggs
- 100g dark chocolate broken into small chunks
- 200ml milk
And for the sauce:
- 140ml double cream
- 85g dark chocolate broken into small chunks
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
Mix your ingredients
First preheat your oven to 180C or Gas Mark 6! Then grab a large bowl and mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, caster sugar and butter, whisking until there are no lumps left.
Add the eggs and mix in well, followed by the milk and chocolate.
Ready, steady, bake!
Line a muffin tin with muffin cases (or just use greaseproof paper) and pour the transfer the mixture into the individual cases.
Place in the centre of the oven and bake for around 30 minutes until they're springy to the touch (as opposed to squishy). Remove from the tin and put them on a wire rack to cool.
Make your sauce
Whilst your buns are cooling, you can get started on the chocolate sauce that goes in the middle of your buns.
In a pan, heat the double cream until you can see steam starting to come off of it (but don't let it boil!).
Add the dark chocolate and sugar, and allow it to dissolve in the hot cream for around 30 seconds. Make sure you continually stir until the chocolate has completely melted.
Leave to cool and thicken a little whilst the buns are still cooling. The sauce should be a little more runny than custard.
Once the buns have cooled to just above room temperature (so only feel slightly warmed when you touch them), cut out a cylinder in the centre of the bun reaching down to the middle of the buns. Keep the piece of bun that you're removed so that you can place the crust back on top.
Pour the chocolate sauce into the well you just made until almost full and then place the crust you saved back on top. Repeat for all of the buns.
And voila! You have your chocolate fondant buns ready to go to town on!
Remember that you'll have a fair bit left of most of the ingredients you've used for this, so you should be able to at least one more batch (and you will want to make more).
Enjoy, and good luck hiding them from your housemates!
We have a whole load of great budget recipes for students over on our recipes page. Check it out for inspiration on what to cook next!