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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

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Love chocolate? Love hot cross buns? Me too! Let’s create a delicious monster! This monster tastes even better if you have time to soak the fruit and zest in the juice of the orange overnight. But if you don’t have time, don’t worry because your buns will still be wonderful. Here’s how it’s done:

Ingredients for the buns:

450g strong white flour
2 ½ tbs best quality cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp salt
3 tsp mixed spice
1 sachet yeast
50g soft brown sugar
50g margarine or butter
1 free-range egg
220ml milk
75g chocolate chips
150 mixed fruit and peel
Zest of one orange
Juice of ½ orange

Ingredients for the crosses:

3 tbs plain flour
4 tbs tap water

Ingredients for the glaze:

1 tbs sugar
2 tbs tab water

  1. Zest the orange and put the pieces of peel into a little bowl.
  2. Squeeze the orange and pour the juice over the peel.
  3. Stir the dried fruit into the juice and leave for as long as you can. (Overnight is ideal.)
  4. Measure the milk into a saucepan add the butter and heat gently until the butter melts into the milk.
  5. Place the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  6. Add the soaked fruit and zest and mix again.
  7. Finally add the milk and butter mixture and egg and stir again.
  8. At this point the mixture will be difficult to mix with a spoon, so tip it out onto your work surface and knead. At first the mixture will seem almost unbearably sticky, but keep at it, and after about 10 minutes, the dough will become silky and easier to manage.
  9. Rub a little vegetable oil around the inside of another large mixing bowl and throw the dough inside.
  10. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for around two hours until the dough has doubled in size.
  11. Line a baking tray or two with non-stick baking paper.
  12. Tip the dough onto the work surface again (probably no need to flour the work surface first) and briefly knock the ‘puffiness’ out of it.
  13. Cut the dough in half and keep halving each piece, until you have ‘bun’ size pieces. (I ended up with 32 golf ball size pieces).
  14. Roll each piece, briefly, in your hands and space out onto a lined baking tray.
  15. Put the trays back into the warm place and allow them to rise for another 45 minutes or so.
  16. Preheat the over to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit).
  17. Now for the crosses! Mix the flour and water into a paste and transfer into a piping bag.
  18. Snip the end off the bag, remove the buns from the warm place. Stay calm! Pipe a big ‘X’ on top of each bun.
  19. Bake for 15 minutes until they look nicely risen and slightly brown around the edges.
  20. While the buns are baking, make a glaze by putting the sugar and water in a microwave-proof bowl and blasting briefly until the crystal dissolve on stirring.
  21. Remove buns from the oven and quicky brush the glaze over them.
  22. Allow to cool. If you can wait that long. But most of all enjoy!


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