Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

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Each year when Easter rolls around I see Hot Cross Buns everywhere. I get it. It’s a thing. But I had never had one.

Traditionally Hot Cross Buns  are made with currants or raisins. That doesn’t sound all that appealing to me and I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to try. I’ll be honest, I don’t even know what a currant is. Maybe it’s a UK thing? #noidea

But we finally decided to try Hot Cross Buns for ourselves…except with chocolate!!

Not only were these really festive, they tasted pretty fantastic too. A warm, sweetened bun with chocolate chunks on the inside and white chocolate crosses on top, of course they were going to taste good!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

Here’s what you’ll need

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

In a small bowl, mix together milk, yeast and sugar

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

Make a well out of the flour and salt, then pour in the butter and egg

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

The frothy mixture too

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

Knead, then let rise for 1 1/2 hours

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

We formed into balls but then actually ended up making them smaller and transferring them to a baking dish instead

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

They baked beautifully…then the white chocolate crosses!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures

Easter treats!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns recipe pictures
Yields 24
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For the Buns
  1. 3 packages instant dry yeast (¾ ounce each)
  2. ½ cup sugar
  3. 1½ cups lukewarm milk
  4. 4½ cups flour
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 3½ tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  8. 2½ cups semisweet chocolate chunks
For the Glaze
  1. ¼ cup sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons hot water
For the Crosses
  1. 2 ounces white chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine milk, yeast and sugar. Set aside for 15 minutes, until the mixture becomes frothy and increases in size.
  2. Place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Make a well in the center and pour in butter, egg, yeast mixture, and half the chocolate chunks.
  3. Turn the mixer on low and knead for 5 minutes, or until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside (in a warm place) for 1½ hours, until the dough doubles in size.
  4. Meanwhile, lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  5. Once the dough has risen, knock it down and add the remaining chocolate chips, kneading to incorporate.
  6. Form into small, evenly sized balls and place them close together in the prepared baking dish. I did 6 rows of 4 for a total of 24 buns.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Cover baking dish with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 20 more minutes.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar and hot water. As soon as the buns come out of the oven, lightly brush each one with glaze.
  11. For the chocolate, melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals. Stir in between. Pour the chocolate in a small ziploc bag and cut off the corner. Pipe chocolate crosses across then buns and let the chocolate set.
  12. Serve the buns warm. Perfect for breakfast or dessert!
Adapted from Butter Baking
Adapted from Butter Baking
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