Easter is very, very nearly here, have you noticed? The shops are full of Easter-related goodies. Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, baskets of all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours, mini fluffy chicks and chocolate are just some of the things that are available currently.
Oh, and there’s Easter egg trees too. Yes… Easter trees. Um, seriously? Have you ever heard of such a thing?
*ahem* I will exercise self control and will not discuss this matter further. However all that I will say is that Easter trees are odd. Very seriously odd.
One thing I do love about Easter, is the Hot Cross Buns (and the Easter eggs and chocolates, of course). I am secretly glad that they become available for sale right after Christmas. More hot cross bun goodness for me to enjoy.
I’ve tried my hand at different variations of hot cross buns over the past couple of years. I’ve made traditional hot cross buns with raisins and a double chocolate version. Both proved to be very yummy.
This year I wanted to try something different: chocolate chip hot cross buns. One type of hot cross buns that we often purchase are the chocolate chip type and they’re laden with Cadbury chocolate and are rich, sweet and very extremely chocolatey. I wasn’t expecting homemade to come anything close to that, but I was wrong.
These hot cross buns are just like the ones we purchase: they’re laden with chocolate are super duper soft and thanks to the spices, they taste just like a ‘normal’ hot cross bun should. As with any homemade recipe, you’re also omitting all the nasty stuff like preservatives and additives the store-bought types contain.
Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
Makes 24 small buns or 12 extra large ones
1 ½ cups warm milk
16g instant yeast
pinch of salt
1/3 cup castor sugar, divided
5 cups plain flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
60g butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup dark choc bits
1/3 cup water
60g dark choc bits, melted