Our super talented marketing manager and all round creative extraordinaire, Sophie, has a foodie obsession .... with chocolate orange! Chocolate orange cakes, buns, easter eggs - you name it and she loves it! Sophie got married last year and sadly her husband is allergic to oranges which means that she cannot indulge her orange-chocolatey love affair at home. So when she wants to eat chocolate-orange goodies it has to be done in the office and being co-operative co-workers we all willingly help her out (well at least that's our excuse!). Recently we tried chocolate orange hot cross buns and they were simply sublime ... gooey, melt in your mouth deliciousness! This got us thinking .... why not try and make this at home?

Photography and Recipe Credit: Kitchen Sanctuary

Whilst we were perusing through Pinterest looking at Hot Cross Bun Recipies we came across a recipe from Delicious Magazine. The recipe is divine and certainly worth a try over your four day weekend!

All you will need is:

  • 475g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g good-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1 Teaspoon of salt
  • 85g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100g golden caster sugar, plus 50g extra to glaze
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 190ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g raisins (optional)
  • 75g milk chocolate, chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of
  • 1 orange
  • 75g chopped candied peel
Photography and Recipe Credit: Naturally Nutritious 

To prepare:

  1. Sift 400g of the flour, the cocoa powder, mixed spice and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and, with your fingertips, rub together until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir through the sugar and dried yeast, then form a well in the centre. Whisk the egg and milk together and pour into the well. Quickly mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate.
  3. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes until soft and silky. Shape into a ball.
  4. Put in a large, lightly oiled bowl, covered with cling film. Leave for 1½ hours in a warm place, loosely covered with greased cling film, until doubled in size.
  5. Remove the risen dough to a lightly floured surface, flatten slightly, then knead in the raisins (optional), chocolate, zest and candied peel, until everything is evenly distributed.
  6. Divide into 12 equal pieces (about 100g each) and shape into smooth-surfaced buns. Place in rows on a lightly oiled baking tray, leaving a little gap between each. Cover loosely with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size again. The buns should now be touching each other. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.
  7. With a serrated knife, score the tops of the buns with a cross. Mix the remaining 75g flour with 1 tbsp oil and 5 tbsp cold water to a smooth paste, then spoon into a piping bag (or a small, clear, sturdy plastic bag with the corner snipped off).
  8. Carefully pipe the mixture in lines along the knife scores on the buns, going first one way, then the other, using a knife to stop the flow. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
  9. Meanwhile, put the remaining sugar into a pan with the orange juice. Put over a low heat until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil and bubble for 2 minutes until thickened.
  10. Remove the buns from the oven and turn out onto a rack. Glaze with the syrup and serve warm or cold.

And ... Voila! Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns = sorted.

Photography and Recipe Credit: Simply Delicious
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