Chai Chocolate Buns

I bought a pastry from this amazing french bakery downtown the other day, Bella Epicurean, it was a chocolate chai pastry and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since. So I have spent the past few days pondering how to recreate it and I'm really happy with the result.

I made a dry chai mixture added some condensed milk for the cream portion and threw in handfuls of chocolate. YUMMM seriously so crazy crazy good!!!!!

Chocolate Chai buns

6 tbs butter; room temperature
4 tbs + 1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour

Chai mixture:
 1/2 cinnamon stick; ground
6 cloves; ground
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cardamom pods; ground
4 black peppercorns; ground
1 black tea bag
4 tbs sweet condensed milk
1 cup milk chocolate; chopped

1     beat the butter, sugar and salt together in a large bowl
2     steep yeast in 1/4 cup lukewarm buttermilk
3     mix in yeast mixture and vanilla
4     then slowly mix in flour until it forms a dough
5     knead for a few minutes
6     oil a bowl and place it in a warm dry place to rise for 40 minute, covered
7     fold the dough over a few times, recover and let rise for another 40 minutes
8     then roll out the dough thinly
9     sprinkle the chocolate evenly over the dough
10   mix all the ground spices together and sprinkle over the dough, I only used about 1/2 of it,
       depends on how spicy you want it
11   then drizzle the sweet condensed milk evenly over the dough
12   roll the dough up longways, cut the dough into 8 even rolls
13   cover and let rise for another hour
14   preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
15   place the rolls in a greased 8x8 dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown
16   enjoy! Seriously you will love these!

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