Today I will take you all to Sicily, once again! Sicilian street food is among the best food in the whole world. Besides, you can find everything: desserts, snacks, savoury treats and even pasta in street food form! I am not joking, it is that awesome. I would actually go as far as to say that Sicilians have made their street food into a form of art! One of the sweet items I like the most is what is known as “Iris” – a fried bun traditionally filled with sweetened ricotta and dusted with icing sugar. I will share the classic recipe soon as well, but today I will show you how to make a baked version filled with Nutella. The bun dough is really forgiving and versatile as it can be used for both sweet and savoury buns. I personally love it and use this recipe a lot. My kids really like these Baked Nutella Iris and I hope you will like them too!
Baked Nutella Iris
Baked Nutella Iris - a Sicilian baked bun filled with Nutella and dusted with icing sugar.
- 500 gms – 4 cups flour
- 250 ml – 1 cup lukewarm water
- 50 gms – 1.75 oz. lard
- 50 gms – 1.75 oz. sugar
- 10 gms – 2 tsp salt
- 7 gms – 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
- Nutella as needed
- Milk to brush
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water together with 1 tbsp of the sugar. Set it aside to activate.
In the meantime, put the remaining sugar, flour, salt and lard in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Once the yeast and water mixture has become frothy, add it to the bowl. Knead well until you obtain a smooth and pliable dough.
Divide the dough in 12 balls. Flatten them with a rolling pin. Place some Nutella in the centre of the dough circle. Then gather the edges and seal your bun. Put it upside down on a baking tray covered with baking paper.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 200°C – 390°F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let the buns cool down completely, then dust with icing sugar and serve.