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Fruity Chocolate Swirls

McDougalls Soft Bap Mix Made in the Style of a Chelsea Bun, with Apples, Figs & Cocoa Powder

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 20
Serving Size: 104g


  • 250g Filling: Dried stoned dates chopped
  • 50ml Apple juice
  • 15g Fat reduced cocoa powder
  • 225g Canned apples, finely chopped
  • 900g Dough: McDougalls Soft Bap Mix
  • 550ml Warmed apple juice


  1. For the filling. Place the chopped dates and 150ml (¼ pt) apple juice in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, and then simmer over a gentle heat stirring occasionally, until dates have softened & absorbed the juice.
  2. Remove from the heat, stir in the cocoa and chopped apples, and then allow to cool. For the dough.
  3. Place the McDougalls Soft Bap Mix in a bowl fitted with a dough hook. Blend in the warmed apple juice on slow speed, then mix on medium speed for 8 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Take one half and roll out to a rectangle approximately 25cm x 35cm (10 x 14) and spread half the date filling evenly over the dough.
  5. Roll up lengthways then cut into 10 equal pieces. Place buns in a deep tin, cut side up, then repeat with the remaining half of the dough. Leave to prove in a warm place for 20-25 minutes. 6. Bake at 220°C/425°F/Gas Mark 7 for 15-20 minutes. Leave to cool.

Additional Tips

After cooking, why not try brushing the top of the swirls with clear honey to glaze. Recipe also works well with the McDougalls White Bread & Roll Mix.