Sunday, 5 April 2015

Chocolate and cherry hot cross buns

A couple of weeks ago I saw that Tesco are now selling chocolate hot cross buns. They smell amazing so I thought I'd have a go at home.

Mine didn't turn out as expected, my dough was too sticky because I added too much milk, but they tasted lush to me. Especially with biscoff spread on top instead of butter. Despite not being as expected I'll make them again!

225g plain flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
25g butter/margarine 
7g sachet fast action dried yeast 
40g caster sugar 
15g cocoa powder 
1 level teaspoon mixed spice 
150ml semi skimmed milk
55g chocolate chips 
55g glacé cherries, chopped

Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles crumble. Stir in the yeast, sugar, cocoa powder and mixed spice. Heat the milk until luke warm then stir into the flour mix little by little and bring together into a dough. Knead until the dough is less sticky and more elastic then leave to prove for an hour or until double in size and the dough springs back when pressed.

Add the chocolate chips and cherries to the dough and knead into it. Then split the dough into around 8 pieces and roll each into a ball. Put on a greased baking sheet and leave to prove again for 45 minutes (loosely covered with oiled clingfilm).

Preheat oven to 210/190c fan and make the mix for the crosses. Mix 25g margarine with 55g plain flour and 5 tbsp water. Pop into an icing bag and pipe onto each of the buns.

Bake for 15 minutes until turning golden. Cool on a wire rack then tuck in!

And if you have some biscoff in then definitely try it and tell me it's not immense 

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