Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns

Prep time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes

500g strong flour
60g Gem caster sugar
2 tsp mixed spice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
14g dried yeast
pinch salt
2 medium eggs
300ml milk
70g Gem raisins
70g Gem dark chocolate chocolate drops
40g butter, room temperature
zest 1 orange

60g plain flour
Golden syrup/honey to glaze

Into your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add the salt, strong flour, caster
sugar, yeast, spices, eggs & lukewarm milk. (Keep the yeast and the salt seperate)

Mix this together for 5 minutes until you have an elastic dough.

Add the butter and mix until completely blended into the dough.

Place this dough into a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen cloth and leave somewhere warm
until its doubled in size.

Once doubled in size, knock the air out and place back in the mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment.

Add the orange zest, raisins and chocolate drops and mix until combined.

Turn this dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 12 balls.

Place these on a lined baking tray allowing some space in between and cover with a cloth and prove again until doubled in size.

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan.

To make the hot cross bun topping, simply mix the flour with some water until you have athick flour paste.

Pop this into a piping bag and just before the buns go into the oven, pipe a cross on the top of each one.

Place these into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Once baked, remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

Before serving, glaze the hot cross buns with warm golden syrup or honey.

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