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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Choc-full of choccy deliciousness, this recipe adds even more fun to homemade Hot Cross Buns. It's a great one for the kids to get involved in - so start a new tradition, give it a try together and make sure they're all happy little bunnies over the Easter holidays.


Instructions

  1. 1

    Warm the milk in a pan then pour into a jug. Add the yeast, whisk, then set aside for about 10 minutes.


  2. 2

    Sift the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Add the sugar and chocolate chips and combine. Stir the rested milk/yeast mix then add this to the dry ingredients, with the eggs.


  3. 3

    Stir to combine then use your hands to bind it all into a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for about 2 minutes.


  4. 4

    Place the dough in a large clean bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place (such as the airing cupboard) for about 2 hours.


  5. 5

    Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7, generously grease a muffin tin and line each hole with a piece of baking parchment. Divide the dough into 12 equal-sized balls and gently knead each one (with a tiny bit of flour) before placing in the tin. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross into the top of each bun. Bake for 8 minutes, then reduce the heat to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and bake for a further 8 minutes.


  6. 6

    Heat the honey and use a pastry brush to glaze each bun while they are still in the tin. Leave to cool.


  7. 7

    Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. When the buns have cooled, use a teaspoon or a piping bag with a thin nozzle to drizzle the chocolate either in a cross shape or just in a criss-cross pattern. Leave the chocolate to harden slightly before serving.


Ingredients

  • 150ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp dried active yeast
  • 400g strong white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g chocolate chips (mix things up with dark or white chocolate if you like)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 150g white chocolate

Makes 12  hot cross buns

Total time required 36 mins

  • Preparation time: 20 mins
  • Cooking time: 16 mins
  • Other time: 120 mins for proving