Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Porcupine Chocolate Buns


How do you pet a porcupine?
With that hair a fright?
How do you pet a porcupine?
Without a painful bite
How do you pet those needles?
Without your hand going through it.
The answer is quite simple…
Get your sister to do it.


By Evan James Griffin


Ingredients:
  • 1 pack (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105 - 115 degree F)
  • 1 cup warm milk (105 - 115 degree F)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 12 pieces dried currants, halved (for eyes)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
Directions:
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Let sit for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add salt, olive oil, the remaining of sugar, and 3 cups of flour; knead until smooth. Stir in just enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. 
  • Continue kneading for about 6-8 minutes (dough will be sticky). Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough, then turn onto a floured surface; divide the dough into 24 pieces. Place a tablespoon of chocolate morsels in a center of each bun, seal the edges together by pressing. Shape the chocolate filled buns into oval shapes, and snip the quills using the tips of a scissor, leaving just enough space on one end for the face. Place pieces of dried currant for eyes and transfer the buns onto greased baking sheets, about 2-inches apart. Let sit to rise for about 30 minutes. 
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately brush the tops with melted butter.


48 comments:

  1. Well this is an excellent way to put a creative twist on bread buns! They really are cute and I love the lead in to this recipe. Well done!

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  2. This is sooo cute! Love the recipe and photo is adorable!

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  3. Awwww these are SO cute! :) Adorable. And mmm, chocolate buns!

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  4. These are so adorable I wouldn't be able to eat them (but trust me I would also get over that pretty darn quick!)
    Wonderful recipe :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

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    1. Yeah, they did not last very long in my household either LOL

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  5. Just darling!! I will make these for my grandchildren...they will love them! Best, Sherry

    PS Cool Blog!

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  6. AWE!! I want one of these! I think the Hubs will totally let me keep this as my little pet

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    1. Hahaha...let's just see how long will it last...:)

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  7. These are adorable! My kids would love these.

    Loved the poem too. As much as I love poetry of all kinds I had never heard that one. It's so cute! :-)

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    1. Hi Janet. It's just something I found online. I thought it was cute.

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  8. So brilliant and too adorable, and I bet tasty.

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    1. It's chocolate. Of course it's tasty LOL

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  9. Those are freaking adorable, particularly with the little currant eyes!

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  10. Lucu dan cantik alias adorable,is too cute to eat,great post :)
    Ridwan

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  11. Oh my god...if this isn't the most adorable thing ever, then I don't know what is! I bet it's tasty too :)

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    1. Sure they are! I wish I could share some with you :)

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  12. This is downright adorable! And, I think even I could make them! What a fun post, thank you! This made me smile today.

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    1. Sure you can, it's actually not that difficult to make. Might be a fun project to do with the kids, too.

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  13. Well thank goodness I don't have a sister! On the other hand my girls would LOVE to make these and be sisters together coated in flour. Great idea, Sandra!

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    1. I don't have a sister either, and I only have two sons. Regardless, they loved it.

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  14. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing how to make the spikes...fun idea!

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  15. What a wonderful idea! They look really fantastic and I love the little poem ;-)

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  16. At long last, I can put my animal cracker recipe to rest when we visit the zoo. That is the only animal-themed recipe I know. This looks really unique and fun to make. Thanks!

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  17. How cute! I am planning a play school lesson about animals, and this would be a perfect snack. I'm pinning this to make sure I don't forget. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Oh my gosh, have you ever seen anything more adorable. So cute, I love them

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  19. Soo cute! I feel like my quills would turn out ugly though.

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  20. These are too cute!!! I love the little morsels of chocolate hiding in each porcupine.

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  21. Unbelievably adorable! These would be so fun for brunch!

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  22. I think these are the cutest things I've ever seen! I think they are almost too cute to eat - good thing they're filled with chocolate!

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  23. Cute! Cute! Cute! I love them! I bet they taste amazing too!

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  24. This is so awesome! Very cute and creative indeed! :-)

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  25. Oh my goodness - those are ridiculously cute! I'll have to remember the trick of snipping with scissors to get the quills on top!

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