Much like gingerbread at Christmas, for me hot cross buns can only be made / eaten in the respected holiday! Weirdly I don’t think I’ve ever baked hot cross buns before, this recipe was inspired through a shocking find.. for the last couple of year M&S had done chocolate & fudge hot cross bun which sadly haven’t reappeared this year! 😦 They were so so good, a replacement needed to be found or made asap.
If you follow my Instagram you may have seen the (standard) hot cross buns I tried the other day. Which lead to making them again but with a slight twist, a twist that turned out pretty well and which I had to share with you all!
~ Chocolate & Fudge Hot Cross Buns ~
You Will Need:
– 250 g strong white bread flour – 1/2 tsp salt – 1 tsp mixed spice – 25 g caster sugar – 25 g soft, cubed butter – 3.5 g / half 7g sachet quick action yeast – 100 ml whole milk – 1 egg – 170 (aprox) dairy fudge chopped – 100 g chocolate chips + – 4 tbsp flour & 2tbsp water
1. Mix the flour, salt, spice and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and combine together using a fork until lightly crumbly. Mix in the chocolate and fudge pieces
2. Warm the milk in a microwave until just hot, add and mix in the egg.
3. Pour milk mixture into the dry mix, combining together with a blunt knife until the dough forms. Allow to sit for 10 mins. Line a large tray with parchment.
4. Once rested, place to dough onto a floured surface and very lightly knead a few time. Cut into 8 chunks, round then place onto the tray.Cover with clingfilm and allow to prove in a warm place for 1 hr – 1hr 1/2
5. Heat oven to 200 fan / gas mark 7. Mix the 4 tbsp flour & 2 tbsp water to form a paste for the crosses- place into a piping or freezer bag.
6. Remove clingfilm from the tray and pipe crosses onto each bun- easiest way to to long lines across each row.
7. Bake for 18-20 mins, don’t worry if the fudge runs out! Once cooked allow to cool for 5 mins.
8. Once slightly cooled cut around the spilled fudge and place buns onto a cooling rack. These should be cool enough to try after 10 mins!
These buns turned out, for an experimental bake, pretty well! Yes the fudge does spill out but the flavour stays- they can be baked to suit texture preference. It may seem odd to have the spice as well as the sweet elements but it keeps it hot cross bun ‘like.
I hope you give this super easy recipe a try, all credit for the initial recipe from the amazing BBC Good Food!
Any other hot cross bun or easter recipe are welcomed below!
Thank You So Much For Reading 🙂