Chocolate Hot Cross Buns… By Lucy Simmons
April 9, 2014
Seeing as it is Easter time I thought I would add some lovely Easter recipes. So I made some hot cross buns, however, instead of using sultanas or dried fruit I decided to use chocolate chips because everyone loves chocolate.
- Prep: 40 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Yields: 8
I wanted make hot cross buns for one of my first Easter related recipes, so to start off you need to put the strong flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp of salt in a bowl. Add the mixed spice and cinnamon and mix. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and butter then mix with a wooden spoon and finish off with your hands. If the mixture is to dry add warm water but if it is to wet add some extra flour.
Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and springy. Transfer to a clean large bowl that is lightly greased and cover lightly with cling film. Leave in a warm place and let it rise for 1 hour - it should double in size.
After your dough has risen tip out onto a lightly floured surface and flatten. Scatter over the chocolate chips and knead the dough for a few more minutes. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each of the portions into a smooth ball and place onto a greased baking tray, leaving some room between each bun and then let them prove for an extra 20 minutes.
Heat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Mix the plain flour with 1 tsp of sugar and 4-5 tbsp of water and mix to make a thick paste. Spoon into a piping bag with a small circled nozzle and line the buns with crosses, bake for 20 minutes.
As an extra, brush the hot cross buns with an apricot glaze (gently heat 50g of jam in the microwave) . Brush this glaze over the buns with a pastry brush and if you are planning to toast them, don't use the glaze other wise it will just burn.