Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

I absolutely love hot cross buns. I love them on their own, with butter, toasted or even baked as a bread and butter pudding. However, have you had a chocolate hot cross bun? They are very simple to make, but can be a bit time consuming. Have a go.

I got this recipe off of allrecipes which is a fab website to go to, full of lots of ideas, inspiration and yummy recipes. Take a look.

Ingredients

1 7g sachet of fast action dried yeast

180ml Warm Milk

500g Plain Flour

80g Cubed Butter

A Pinch of Salt

60g Caster Sugar

2 tsp Mixed Spice

1 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 Egg

100g Chocolate Chips or Chunks

Method

In a measuring jug, add the yeast to the warm milk and leave for 10 minutes until it looks slightly frothy.

In a bowl, add in your flour and rub in the cubed butter until you have breadcrumbs. Add in the salt, sugar and spices and combine. Pour in your milk and yeast mixture and finally add in an egg and the chocolate chunks. Combine until you have a sticky dough.

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Roll out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes. Once done, pop into a bowl and cover with cling film or a tea towel and leave to rise in a warm area until it has doubled in size (approx 1-2 hours).

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Once your dough has doubled in size, take out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured work surface for a few minutes. Then split your dough into 12 equal balls. Place on a baking tray, cover and leave to rise for a further 45 minutes.

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To make the cross, mix 75ml water to 75g plain flour and mix well. Pop into a piping bag if you have one and pipe the crosses on once they have completed the second proofing. If you don’t have a piping bag, a great idea is to use a sandwich bag, pop the mixture in there and then snip off the corner and begin piping.

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Pop into the oven at 200°C/390°F/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes.

Once out of the oven, add 80g caster sugar to 3 tablespoons of water to create a glaze. Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze on top of the buns and then leave to cool.

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They are best eaten the same day. Or why not have them the next day toasted with some Nutella spread on them. mmmmm Enjoy!

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