Choc Chick Hot Cross Buns

What you will need:

Edibles:

HOT CROSS BUNS

  • 4 Cups of Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Caster Sugar
  • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Grated Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp of Dried Yeast
  • 40g Unsalted Butter ( extra to serve)
  • 1 1/4 Cups of Warm Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Sultanas
  • 1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips
  • Oil

TOPPING

  • 1/2 Cup of Flour
  • 1/3 Cup of Water
  • Wilton Gel Colours in Yellow, Orange and Black

GLAZE

  • 1/3 Cup of Water
  • 2 tbsp Caster Sugar

TOOLS:

  • Toothpicks
  • Tea Towel
  1. Place the flour, caster sugar, spices and yeast into a large mixing bowl and mix. Melt the butter and lightly beat the egg. Warm the milk slightly in a saucepan and once its tepid, add the butter, egg and half of the milk to the bowl and mix. Keep adding little by little milk to the bowl and mixing until a soft dough forms. You might not need all of the milk.

2. Lightly flour a clean surface and knead the dough a little. Flatten the dough and place the sultanas and chocolate chips on top. Fold and knead the dough to incorporate the ingredients. Lightly knead for ten minutes. Place the dough into a lightly oiled large bowl, cover with a clean damp tea towel and leave in a warm place to double in size (1 to 1.5 hours)

3. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a lightly floured surface and cut into twelve portions. Take a portion into your hands and stretch and fold the dough into a ball shape. place them snuggly into a lined and greased tin (20 x 20cm). Cover again with the damp tea towel and allow to rise for another half an hour.

4. Pre heat your oven to 190 degrees C. To make the topping, mix the flour and water into a smooth paste in a bowl. Colour the paste yellow, and spoon around half a teaspoon of the paste onto a bun, use a knife to spread it into a chick shape. Once all the chicks are done, colour the remaining paste orange and using the end of a teaspoon dot a little onto each chick for a beak. Lastly colour the remaining paste black and using a toothpick to pick the smallest blob to dot on for the eyes. Place your cute chicks into the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden brown. If you are unsure you can test that they are cooked in the middle with a knife. While they are cooking make the glaze by heating the sugar and water in a saucepan and boil for 3 minutes. Once the buns are cooked, brush the glaze over them and enjoy hot with some butter x

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