Chocolate hazelnut bear claws

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Overview
We took bread baking classes many, many years ago. The shop is no longer there, but these are still tasty!

Make a double batch – otherwise you’ll run out of them too quickly. Trust me.

Time
2 hours

Ingredients: Claws (dry)
1½ cups strong white flour (white untreated)
2 ts instant yeast
1 ts bread improver
½ ts salt
1½ TB vanillin sugar
1 ts mixed spice
Ingredients: Claws (wet)
½ cup warm milk
60g melted butter
2 egg yolks

Ingredients: Chocolate hazelnut filling
¼ cup brown sugar
1½ TB plain flour
45g softened butter
2 TB hazelnut meal
1 ts cocoa powder
1 ts cinnamon

Ingredients: Sweet glaze
1 TB icing mixture
2 ts melted butter
¼ ts vanilla essence
drops of water or milk as needed

Method
1 – Mix dry dough ingredients together in a large bowl

2 – Add combined liquid ingredients, mix to form a firm but moist dough. Work dough gently for 30 seconds, then return to bowl and allow to double in size covered (approx 1 hour).

3 – Chocolate Hazelnut Filling: combine all ingredients together until they form a crumble mixture.

4 – Tip dough onto a floured board and roll into a rectangle approximately 60 cm x 15/20 cm (If doubling the recipe, split into 2 batches)

5 – Spread chocolate hazelnut filling over the dough. Roll up dough into a long cylinder and pinch to seal shut.

6 – Cut the cylinder into 9 even pieces and shape each into a Bear Claw by making 2 even cuts and splaying them slightly open

Preheat oven to 195° C

7 – Place Bear Claws onto baking tray covered with Glad Bake and brush with an egg glaze. Allow to double in size.

8 – Bake 15 minutes or until golden, then place on cooling rack. Brush with sweet glaze while still warm.