{.chocolate hot cross buns.}

by devourslowly

The Chinese in me loves buns.  As long as it is dough in a ball I will be there.  That said, I am not always a fan of spice, raisins and peels.  Solution?  Valrhona them!


Before we jump in, just a note on ingredients: organic ingredients are expensive, but they do make cleaner tasting dishes.  Try to use organic ingredients if you can.  That said, at the end of the day, these are just buns – don’t go breaking the bank over them.

For the buns

300g flour (preferably bread flour or cake flour will do too)

50g Valrhona black cocoa powder

150g Valrhona 72% dark chocolate chips chilled

25g olive oil

zest of one orange

dash of orange blossom water (optional)

1 egg

50g sugar

150ml lukewarm water

1tsp yeast

  1. Put the flour, sugar, yeast, cocoa powder into a mixing bowl, mix to combine.
  2. Add in the egg, water, zest, orange blossom water and oil.  Mix with wooden spoon.
  3. Turn onto floured pastry board and knead for 20 minutes with a 30 seconds rest between every 2-3 minutes
  4. Put dough in oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in warm spot to rise for 1 hour
  5. Beat the dough down and replace the plastic wrap, leave in same warm spot to rise for another 40 minutes
  6. Divide dough into 12 equal balls
  7. Arrange into a 3×4 rectangle with the balls 2cm apart from each other onto a greased tray
  8. Leave in warm spot to prove for 40 minutes until balls rise and touch each other

For the cross mixture

3TBS flour

4TBS oil

dash of water

  1. Mix ingredients into a paste
  2. Transfer into piping bag
  3. Pipe thin cross onto all the buns just before baking

Baking & Finishing

  1. Bake the buns in 190ºC preheated oven for 20 minutes
  2. Bring 3 TBS sugar, 1 TBS lemon juice and 3 TBS water to the boil until the syrup is slightly thickened
  3. Remove buns from the oven and put on rack to cool
  4. Brush directly with the syrup before the buns are cooled

Serving suggestions

  1. Because of the low sugar content of the buns, feel free to have these yummies with a hot cup of Mexican styled spiced chocolate or sweet tea
  2. Buns will be great sliced ever so slightly in the middle with butter melted into the crater  and served with berry jam + hot tea
  3. Enjoy the buns over a hot steamy cup of morning coffee
  4. Or just have them on their own – they are that good 🙂