“A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top…In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted during Lent, beginning with the evening of Mardi Gras (the evening before Ash Wednesday) through Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion.” (Source)
I made these for the March Twelve Loaves challenge. The challenge was to make a bread that you would associate with Easter or St. Patrick’s Day. I chose to make Hot Cross Buns- and I added chocolate chips!
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Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns
Recipe lightly adapted from Joy of Baking
1 cup milk
1 packet (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
3 1/2 – 4 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs, divided
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
In a microwave safe dish (or mug), warm the milk until it is lukewarm (about 100 degrees). Whisk in the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes and allow to foam.
In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, combine the flour, brown sugar, spices, and salt. Once the yeast is foamy (after 10 minutes), add the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and mix until well combined. Add in the melted butter and one egg and mix until incorporated. Switch to the dough hook, and add in the chocolate chips. Continue mixing on low speed and allow the dough to knead until it is smooth and elastic (add a little more flour if necessary).
Spray a medium sized bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough into the bowl, turning once to coat both sides. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm spot until almost doubled (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Once the dough has risen, gently punch down the dough. Place it on a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Make an egg wash by beating the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon water. Brush the tops of each dough ball with the egg wash. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray, then gently cover the balls of dough. Allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the balls of dough with the egg wash again, and bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let cool.
To make the glaze:
Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk (starting with 1 tablespoon) until you reach the desired consistency. Once the buns are cooled, drizzle or pipe on the glaze. Enjoy!
Made with love, not calories!