NUTELLA BUNS with Mascarpone Frosting
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons white sugar
1 cup warm milk (about 110 degrees)
4 ½ cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup white sugar
⅓ cup butter, melted
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Approximately 1 to 1 ½ cups Nutella
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
⅓ cup mascarpone cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
In a large bowl combine yeast, 2 Tablespoons sugar, and warm milk. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the dough ingredients and mix, using a stand mixer with a hook attachment (if you don’t have a stand mixer, combine the dough with your hands). Knead for a few minutes until smooth. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray, place the dough inside, and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rest for about 2 hours, or until doubled in size. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll out into a large rectangle (about 16x21 inch).
Scoop Nutella into a microwave safe bowl, and heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Spread the Nutella over the dough. Roll the dough into a large log, and cut into 12 segments. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place the rolls inside the pan, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and make the frosting. Using an electric mixer, beat the frosting ingredients until well incorporated. Set aside.
Bake the rolls for about 15 minutes, or until lightly golden. Do not over-bake. Immediately spread the frosting on the rolls. Serve warm.