Chocolate Chip and Orange Hot Cross Buns
Recipe courtesy of Cold Storage
Nothing beats a stay-home weekend where you’ll get to spend quality time experimenting new bakes with your family. Give this recipe a try, and we assure you it’ll all be worth the effort, especially when the aroma of freshly baked buns fill your home (and tummy).
(6 to 10 buns)
- 400g bread flour
- 50g plain flour
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- A little water (for paste to pipe crosses)
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- 50g butter, melted
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup orange peel
- 1 tsp orange essence
- 1 sachet fast-acting instant yeast
- Apricot jam, melted, for glazing
- In a large bowl, mix bread flour with sugar, cinnamon powder and yeast.
- Make a well in the centre and pour in warm milk, beaten egg, melted butter and orange essence.
- Knead well for about 10 minutes, adding a little more flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.
- Leave the dough to rest for about 1 hour, covered with a damp tea towel or cling wrap, until it doubles in size.
- Add chocolate chips and orange peel and knead until it is well set.
- Divide into handfuls and form into balls.
- Place balls of dough a couple of centimetres apart on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
- Preheat oven to 200°C and allow buns to rest and rise for about 20 minutes.
- Form a thick paste by combining 50g of plain flour with 1 tsp of caster sugar and a little water.
- Fill piping bag with paste and pipe crosses onto buns.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
- When slightly cool, glaze with melted apricot jam.
And there you have it, your very own homemade bun perfect for afternoon tea with your family!