Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns


Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

I know people are divided with Hot Cross buns, some like no peel, some like a lot of fruit, some like a little spice, some a lot. And then there are those that don't like fruit at all and go for the Choc Chip Buns. I wanted to do something slightly different this year though so I went to my cupboard and what jumped out at me were the wonderful Cinnamon chips that Barbara sent me. I decided to make Cinnamon Chip Chocolate Hot Cross Buns.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

I always feel like the cross should be sweet, like icing I suppose and am always a little disappointed when eating the cross. I decided to make the crosses out of white chocolate and I hope that doesn't violate some traditional Easter tradition but hey as the saying goes Jesus Loves You no matter what you do, right? I think that includes fiddling around with a Hot Cross Bun recipe which is a lesser sin than others. The smell of these baking is truly incredible and as for the taste, imagine a Norwegian cinnamon bun crossed with a Hot Cross Bun. Try to resist them, if you can. I wasn't able to and ate my record in no time.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

On another non-Easter note, big thanks go to the lovely Darcie from Zing PR and the very nice people from Lap-rap who gave me my very own Lap-rap which I heart very, very much. See their website for other cool designs or design your own as I did.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella

Makes 16

For the buns

  • 2 tablespoons instant dried yeast

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1.5 cups lukewarm milk

  • 4.5 cups plain flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 50g butter melted

  • 1 egg lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2.5 cups of Hershey's Cinnamon chips (or 2.5 cups of white chocolate chips melted with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and chopped up)

For glaze:

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup hot water

  • 1 teaspoon gelatine or 1/2 gelatine leaf soaked in cold water

For crosses:

  • 75grams/2.6 ozs white chocolate

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Step 1 - Mix yeast, sugar and warm milk in a bowl and stir to remove any lumps. Set aside for 15 minutes until it becomes frothy.

Step 2 - In a large bowl, or the bowl of your mixer, sift flour and salt. Make a well in the centre and mix in the yeast mixture, butter, egg, cinnamon and one third of the chocolate chips.

Step 3 - Knead dough for 5 minutes until elastic and place in a greased bowl covered with cling wrap in a warm area (or sit your bowl in a larger bowl of warm water). Leave for 1 hour to 1.5 hours until doubled in size.

Step 4 - Using your fist, punch down the dough and add the remaining cinnamon chocolate chips. Knead lightly and divide into 16 balls. Place close together on a lined or greased baking tray. Cover with cling wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

Step 5 - Bake for 20-30 minutes until done. While it is baking, get the glaze ready. For the glaze, simply mix all three ingredients together shortly before the time is up on the buns.

Step 6 - When buns are ready, brush with glaze. I like to do this quite generously and glaze the sides too but this does make them quite sticky to handle.

Step 7 - Melt chocolate in a microwave proof bowl and spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Pipe lines across buns to make crosses. When chocolate has set, serve slathered with butter.

Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns