We visited Achern in the Black Forest in Germany when I was younger and where we stayed a bakers van drove round every morning selling the most amazing baked delights. My favourite of these was raisin schnecken, a spiral cinnamon sticky bun with a glut of raisins. I've tried several recipies to replicate them and as yet have not found anything quite right.
This was another failed but tasty attempt where I combined a Nigella recipie with a chocolate bun recipe (minus chocolate!). The Nigella recipe is 'Schnecken' from Domestic goddess, the chocolate recipe is Richard Berinet's 'Chocolate Buns' from 101 Best loved chocolate recipes by Hotel Chocolate.
I used the Nigella recipe for the pastry, chocolate bun recipe for pastry creme (swapping cocoa flavour for cinamon and adding raisins) then made the syrup from Nigella to put on top.
|Pastry creme from 'Chocolate buns'|
|With added cinnamon and raisins|
|Mixing syrup from Nigella recipe|
|Roll out pastry|
|Cover pastry with creme|
|Roll up the pastry in one long sausage|
|Cut into slices and lay on baking tray|
|Top with syrup from Nigella recipe|
|Voila! Not Raisin Schecken but very tasty!|