Mini Chocolate And Orange Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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serves:

24

Skill:

easy

Total Time:

00:00

Prep:

00:35

Cooking:

00:15

For a twist on a classic Easter recipe, give these gorgeous hot cross buns a go this year and you’ll not be disappointed. They make a wonderful Easter cake alternative and really switch up your usual hot cross buns.

HOW TO MAKE MINI CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE HOT CROSS BUNS

Ingredients

  • 1 x 7g sachet fast action dried yeast
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 250ml (9fl oz) semi skimmed milk, warm
  • 600g (1lb 5oz) strong white bread flour
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 oranges, zest & juice
  • 75g (3oz) unsalted butter, plus 1 tbsp melted
  • 125g (4½oz) mixed dried fruit
  • 100g (4oz) chocolate chips
  • 1 egg yolk, mixed with 1 tbsp milk
  • 50g (2oz) plain flour

Method

  • Place the yeast in a bowl and mix with 1 tbsp caster sugar. Pour over 4 tbsp warm milk and leave to foam for 5 minutes.

  • In a separate bowl add the flour, 125g (4½oz) sugar, salt, spices, zest and butter and using the tips of your finger rub together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir through the dried fruit and chocolate chips.

  • Pour in the yeast mixture, juice of 1 orange and most of the remaining milk. Mix to a sticky dough adding more milk if you need it. Knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

  • Place on a baking sheet and cover with lightly oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1- 2 hours to rise or until doubled in size.

  • Divide into 24 equal balls and place in rows almost touching each other on a large baking tray. Recover with the greased cling film and leave for another hour to double in size again.

  • Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/375F/Gas 5. Brush the egg yolk mixture over the buns. Mix the flour with 1 tbsp melted butter and spoon into a piping bag with plain nozzle. Pipe a cross on each bun and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden.

  • Heat the remaining 50g (2oz) sugar with the juice of half an orange until dissolved. Brush over the buns and allow to cool.

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