Baked Nutella Iris - a Sicilian baked bun filled with Nutella and dusted with icing sugar.
500gms– 4 cups flour
250ml– 1 cup lukewarm water
50gms– 1.75 oz. lard
50gms– 1.75 oz. sugar
10gms– 2 tsp salt
7gms– 2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
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.
Let it rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
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.
Brush with some milk.
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.