Double Chocolate Hot Cross Buns came about because I’ve never been a fan of the traditional ones. It’s the mixed peel. Same with fruit cake. There aren’t many foods I’m not keen on, but anything with mixed peel is something I just can’t eat.
So whether you’re also not partial to a regular HCB, or perhaps you love chocolate or you’re just looking for something a bit different, I present to you Double Chocolate Hot Cross Buns. So soft and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness in the dough and little busts of chocolate with the choc chips!
Double Chocolate HCBs are easy to make, though a little time consuming as you can’t rush bread making. Don’t worry, though, a lot of the time is resting time for the dough so you can go about doing other things while your dough rises. I promise you, the wait is worth it!
First whip up the dough by warming milk and butter in your thermal cooker, then adding yeast, flour, cacao, sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice. After this, the dough needs to prove.
Below you can see the difference before and after proving (Step 3 of the recipe). I haven’t included a specific time for resting your dough, as this will vary greatly and will depend on environmental conditions. Sitting the dough outside on a warm day may see them ready to roll in 20-30 minutes, in colder places you may need to rest the dough in excess of an hour.
Once dough has doubled in size, knead in the chocolate chips, roll into a log shape and cut into twelve equal portions.
Roll each portion of dough into a ball, then place on a lined tray. Make sure your buns are just touching on the tray. This will encourage them to push each other up in height while they rise some more.
Leave to prove. Meanwhile, make your cross mixture by mixing flour and water. Pipe on top of the buns, then bake for 20 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, brush with a sugar glaze.
Try your best to resist digging in while hot, I bet you can’t!
For a decadent treat, enjoy with a Dalgona Coffee!
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Please note, nutrition information is calculated via an online recipe nutrition calculator and is a guide only. It is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed 100% accurate. I am not a nutritionist or trained health professional.