Easter time calls for hot cross buns however, dried fruit is not popular in Edwards’¬†household. The joy of hot cross buns is that you can fill them with any combination of flavours that suit you.
 

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Cinnamon adds a gentle spice to the buns whilst the orange gives them a zesty kick. Chocolate is a necessity for me and the crushed dark chocolate melts as they bake. When they’re fresh out the oven, tear open the buns and spread with butter. Warm and comforting.

The Recipe (Taken from Good Food)

Zest and juice of 1 orange
Sunflower Oil
225ml milk
50g butter
1 egg
450g strong white bread flour
2 tsp fast action yeast
50g caster sugar
140g currants
100g dark chocolate
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp caster sugar
100g plain flour

– To make the dough, heat the milk in a pan until steaming.
– Once steaming, add the butter until it melts.
– Add the egg and half the orange zest. Mix together.
– In a separate bowl, add the flour, yeast, caster sugar and 1 tsp salt. Add the warm liquid mixture and mix together.
– Either by hand or in a mixer, knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth.
– Oil a large bowl and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
– In a food processor place the dark chocolate, cinnamon and 2 tbsp of caster sugar. Pulse until finely chopped.
– In a small pan place half the juice of the orange, remaining zest and currants. Simmer until hot.
– Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Place the currants and chocolate mixture in the centre of the dough and knead the filling in.
– Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Divide the mixture into 12 pieces and roll into small bun shapes.
– Cover the tray with lightly oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for another 30 minutes.
– Meanwhile, mix the plain flour with 6 tbsp of water until a smooth paste is formed.
– Pre heat the oven to 190 degrees celsius. Once the buns have proved again, pipe a cross onto each one using the paste.
– Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
– Mix together the remaining sugar and orange juice and brush over the warm buns.
– Eat them fresh out the oven!