Chocolate orange hot cross buns tear and share, with a milk and white chocolate sauce. A great way to enjoy a sticky bun or two with friends this Easter!!
Hot cross buns and Easter
I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan of hot cross buns. Its never been a thing for me – Easter treats are all about the mini eggs and the cream eggs and the little cakes with said eggs on top and maybe just a tonne of chocolate in general. Why would I want bread?
However, give me chance to put my own twist on good old hot cross buns and you might find that Ive changed my mind.
What do you reckon?? Fancy a mini hot cross bun tear and share??
Mini hot cross buns tear and share
So I made this massive wreath of mini hot cross buns filled with chocolate chips and mixed peel last week. Since then I’ve spent the whole week nibbling on each little bun and thoroughly enjoying every little bite. Ive also really enjoyed the sticky glaze of apricot jam on top – its really very nice 🙂
How to make mini hot cross buns tear and share
From afar making hot cross buns can seem like a complex process. There is a fair number of steps involved in any hot cross bun recipe, but its basically just like making bread with a few extra fancy bits.
- Activate the yeast in half of the liquid (milk) that will be used to make the dough. This is mainly because you may not end up adding all of the liquid to the dough and you don’t want any yeast left in the liquid that isn’t added.
- Warm up the milk to blood temperature (and no more) and add a teaspoon of sugar to provide the right environment for the yeast to activate
- Knead the dough for at least 15 minutes and leave to rise for at least an hour and half – it should double in size as in the step by step photos below
- Add the dried fruit and chocolate chips after the first rise. Stretch out the dough into a long strip and place the fruit in the middle. Then roll up so the fruit is well mixed in.
- Divide the dough evenly by halving each piece until you have enough even pieces to make the 32 small balls.
- Position the dough balls into a tear and share shape leaving enough space for a second rise and for a dipping bowl in the middle
- Pipe on the cross in lines across multiple buns. In my design this meant that I piped two circles over the buns and then lines from the centre outwards.
- Give yourself plenty of time – this is definitely a job that will take up a full afternoon.
- seal any left overs in an air tight container for up to one week.
Share your hot cross buns this Easter . . . or not . . .
Friends and family round this easter? Why not present them with this wonderful mini hot cross buns tear and share? Or even if you aren’t having anyone round – make it anyway. Its so good and sometimes its nice to treat ourselves isn’t it. Plus these buns keep really well in a sealed container – and – and, and, and, – they also make a wonderful ice cream!
Hot cross bun ice cream
Yes – I know! Hot cross bun ice cream! I made my first batch of hot cross bun ice cream this weekend with the few remaining hot cross buns that I had. Recipe for this amazingly good ice cream to follow shortly.
SO . . . definitely get cracking with this tear and share. Share it out, or nibble on it throughout the long weekend, safe in the knowledge that any leftovers can go into a fabulous batch of hot cross bun ice cream.
Whats not to love – get baking, get tearing, get sharing.
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