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Chocolate chip hot cross buns

Chocolate chip hot cross buns

By Vicky Pollock

I love Easter and the thought of eating hot cross buns. But have never been a fan of raisins in any type of cooked food. That is why a chocolate chip hot cross bun is just up my alley and my kiddies love them. Enjoy!

Ingredients :

4 cups plain cake flour
1½ teaspoons mixed spice
2 x 7g sachets dried yeast (2¼ -2½ teaspoons per sachet)
1/4 cup caster sugar
350ml lukewarm milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup chocolate chips

½ cup plain flour, extra
1/3-½ cup water, extra

For the glaze
A couple of tablespoons of jam (e.g. apricot jam)
2 tablespoons sugar & a good pinch of cinnamon heated in 1/4 cup water till dissolved

Make it :

  1. COMBINE the sifted flour and mixed spice with the yeast and sugar in a large bowl. Add warm milk and eggs to flour mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Add chocolate. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form soft dough.
  2. TURN out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Return to bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in warm place for 1hour or until doubled in size.
  3. KNOCK back (punch down) dough to its original size. Knead until smooth then divide into 12, shape each portion into a ball, then place onto a greased tray about 1cm apart. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until buns double in size.
  4. FOR THE CROSSES: Mix extra flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small resealable bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake in a moderately hot oven 190°C for 20-25 minutes or until cooked when tested.
  5. Take the buns out of the oven and put them on a rack to cool (you don’t need to separate them at this point) and brush the glaze over them.

Note: Another option for the crosses is to use melted chocolate, apply this after the buns have cooled.