Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

April 03, 2015

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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns...
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
One a penny
Two a penny
Chocolate Hot Cross Buns!!!!

... double chocolate hot cross buns... double the yums :D

Its time for some hot cross buns in my tummy.
Hot cross buns were out early this year. Love the buns from Woollies especially the chocolatey ones, but they are dearer in price to that traditional fruity hot cross buns.

Since no one (except me and perhaps hubby too) will be eating traditional hot cross buns; son hates anything with raisins and daughter is not so thrill with it either... to be safe, not to overload and transfer all the excess 'fat from finishing all the buns' from my tummy to my hips, instead of buying...

I baked Chocolate hot cross buns... they are yummy :D
... and I have no qualms when the 2 hungry young adults had 3 or 4 buns in one seating for they are young and able to burn off what they eat, easily ;P

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Just a quick update...
I have tried the Dan Lepard's '10 sec knead - 10 minutes rest' method on my previous Green Tea buns,  it was do-able and turned out good too but not as soft as the kitchen bench top mix... :D

While you are kneading bread to perfection ... why not try... I insist that, this is a MUST try... Green Tea bread rolls with Adzuki beans filling :D

Enjoy your Easter long weekend .....

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Double Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

makes 25 buns

Roux mix
25g bread flour
125 ml milk

Bread Dough
325g bread flour
8 g yeast
15g milk powder
15g cocoa powder
5g salt
40g caster sugar 
20g butter
190ml full cream milk
some cooking oil
extra milk for glazing
100g milk chocolate chips
100g dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup plain flour
5-6 tablespoon water

Day 1 ~ prepare roux mix
  1. mix milk and bread flour in a small pot. 
  2. Over slow to medium heat, heat up the mixture. 
  3. Keep stirring until the mixture thickened 'goo-like' consistency (or if you own a thermometer, stop when the temperature reaches 65C) ).
  4. Transfer to another small container or bowl (approximate weight is 135-137g). 
  5. Place a glad wrap over the mixture and refrigerate overnight.
Day2 ~
  1. Take the roux mix from the fridge. 
  2. Let it sit on the kitchen benchtop, to bring it to room temperature. 
  3. Warm up 190ml milk in microwave for 30 sec (if the milk has been sitting in the fridge). Stir and making sure milk is not too hot for yeast. 
  4. Add yeast into milk, stir and leave it aside for 5-10 minutes. Bubbles should start appearing by now (start again if no bubbbles). 
  5. Weigh dry ingredients into mixing bowl. 
  6. Add room temperature Roux mix into the mixing bowl. 
  7. Add milk-yeast mixture into the bowl. 
  8. Using kitchen benchtop mixer, mix at slow speed until the ingredients comes together forming a ball of messy dough. 
  9. Increase speed to medium (no 4 on my ancient Kenwood ;P). 
  10. Mix for 5 minutes. 
  11. Stop and add butter. 
  12. Knead for until the dough and butter mix well and homogenous for another 5-8 minutes. 
  13. The dough is in the state of sticky mess (Note : at this stage the dough looks very soft and gooey and you will be tempted to add more flour... DONT!!!! add flour)
  14. Add chocolate chips. 
  15. Mix well
  16. Coat your fingers (and palms too) well with cooking oil, and with your fingers pinch a good size of dough and stretch, making sure that the dough is elastic and pass the window pane stage (if the dough breaks and fail window pane stage, mix for another 3-5 minutes). 
  17. With well oiled fingers and palms, lift up the dough, add about 2 teaspoon of cooking oil (or spray), coat the bottom and sides of the bowl, and roll the dough in (dough should be well coated with oil). 
  18. Place a cling wrap plastic over the bowl. 
  19. Rest the dough for at least 1 hour or double in size. 
  20. Punch the dough down, and divide into 25 pieces (approximate 37g).  
  21. Place the doughs in the pre-prepared baking tray or cookie tray
  22. Spray the top  with oil and cover the buns with damp cloth. 
  23. Leave it to rest for 45 minutes. 
  24. Mix plain flour with water into a paste.
  25. Place in a piping bag. Set aside.
  26. Pre heat oven to 200C. 
  27. Dough should doubled in size by now. 
  28. Gently brush the top with milk. 
  29. Piped two lines to cross.
  30. Bake for 7 minutes. 
  31. Rotate tray (for even cooking) and bake for further 5-7 minutes.  
  32. Be careful not to overbake and burn the top of the buns ;P. 
  33. Brush the top with butter.