I feel like Christmas was only five minutes ago and now Easter is here! Not complaining though because who doesn't love chocolate and toasted hot cross buns?! I think the answer is, NO-ONE!
And because I love these two things so much, I decided to combine them together so I could have my buns and chocolate in one sitting. I started making these dark chocolate and candied orange hot cross buns a few years back and they are to-die-for. They were a labour of love back in the day when I kneaded them all by hand. I'm obviously a terrible kneader because it would take me AGEEESSSSSSS to get the dough to become smooth and elastic! Now I have a dough hook (which sat in the box unused for months because I thought I was above it ha!) which is a lifesaver. I am actually not sure how people survived without them. Just brilliant. Even better is that they're not expensive, I got my planetary mixer with all the attachments including an ice cream maker bowl from Target about a year ago for about $200. It's pretty great although I still yearn after a pastel-coloured KitchenAid with a glass bowl..
Anyway I digress! I hope you guys love these buns (who doesn't love a good set of buns hehe) as much as I do and the best bit is that you can make them all year round without judgement. Thanks to the absence of sultanas and currants, they can be referred to as 'breakfast buns' after Easter..or at least that's what I do! #bunsforever
- 4 cups spelt flour
- 1 cup candied orange peel or mixed peel
- 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup rapadura sugar
- 16g dried yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 60g butter