Take hot cross buns to the next level with this recipe which combines a rich chocolate mixture, white chocolate crosses and crunchy Mini Eggs hidden in the middle. Try them for afternoon tea, toasted and spread with marmalade for a classic chocolate orange combination or top with melted chocolate, chopped nuts and fruit as a naughty Easter dessert. Why not get the kids to help make them if they’re around the house in the holidays? They’re sure to love these classic bakes with a chocolate twist.
- For this Easter recipe
- you will need:
- 450g plain white bread flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- 1tsp salt
- 85g chopped butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 14g dried yeast
- 1 large egg
- 190ml warm milk
- 150g Mini Eggs
- 50g white chocolate
- 2tbsp marmalade (to glaze)
Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the butter and rub together until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Whisk the egg and milk together and pour onto the dry ingredients. Stir to combine.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place it in a lightly oiled mixing bowl, cover with clig film and leave in a warm place for 2 hours until it has doubled in size.
Once risen, remove the dough from the bowl and knead through the chocolate Mini Eggs.
Split the mixture into 12 evenly sized buns and roll to make the tops look smooth and shiny.
Leave on a lightly greased tray, slightly seperated in rows for another hour or so, covered loosly with cling film, until doubled in size again.
Preheat your oven to 200°C/392°F/Gas Mark 6. Score crosses in the top of each bun with a sharp knfie. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes until risen and slightly firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Heat the marmalade and brush onto the buns to glaze.
Melt the chocolate and spoon into a piping bag. Pipe croses into the dents on top of the buns.
If you don't have a piping bag you can snip the corner off of a sandwich bag and use that instead.