Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Who doesn’t love a Hot Cross Bun whether it’s Easter or not. This recipe is a little different to your traditional Hot Cross Bun and is also dairy free so give it a go.

Prep Time: Over 2 Hours

Cook Time: 20 – 30 Mins

Portions: 12 Hot Cross Buns

Ingredients

  • 300ml Almond/ Soya Milk
  • 500g Strong Flour
  • 75g Caster Sugar
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 7g Fast Action Yeast
  • 50g Dairy Free Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 100g Raisins
  • 60g Dried Cranberries
  • 100 Chopped Dark Chocolate (Dairy Free)
  • 1 TSP Vanilla

For the cross

  • 80g Plain Flour
  • 3 – 5 TBSP Water

For the glaze

  • 3 – 4 TBSP Apricot Jam

Equipment you will need:

  • Sauce pan x2
  • Large Bowl / Food mixer with bread attachment
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon/ Spatula
  • Baking Tray
  • Piping Bag

Method:

  1. First you need to warm your milk up in a sauce pan on a medium heat then put to one side to cool slightly
  2. Now in a large bowl mix together your flour, sugar, salt, yeast and butter
  3. Now pour in your milk and slowly mix then knead your dough for approximately 5 mins (your dough will be sticky but don’t worry)
  4. You can now add in your vanilla, raisins, cranberries and dark chocolate and continue to knead for about 5 mins until your dough becomes soft and elasticated
  5. Put your dough into a lightly oiled large bowl and leave in a warm place to prove for about an hour or until your dough has doubled in size
  6. Ok, an hour has passed you can now start to shape your dough into 12 equal/ish circles and place on your baking tray leaving a small gap between each one and then leave to prove for another 30 mins. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 200c during this time
  7. Now your buns are proving you can now make the cross for the top so take your flour and add a table spoon of water at a time until you have a thick pipeable batter
  8. Ok, 30 mins have passed, you can now pipe your cross across each bun then bake for 20 – 25 mins until golden brown
  9. So your buns are now out the oven and you can now make your glaze. So take your apricot jam and gently heat up on a medium heat then gently brush over your Hot Cross Buns and leave to cool then enjoy!

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