Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns is a spiced sweet bun infused with raisins and chocolate chips marked with a cross on top. Traditionally this type of bread is consumed during Lent which starts from the evening of Mardi Gras (the evening before Ash Wednesday) through Good Friday, while this was never introduced in the Philippines it is popular in a lot of Christian countries like England, New Zealand and Australia.
- 4 1/2 plain flour
- 6 3/4 tsp yeast or 3 packets
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk, lukewarm
- 50g butter, melted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp hot water
- 1/2 cup white chocolate buttons
- In a small bowl combine together milk, sugar and yeast, set aside for 15 minutes in a warm place.
- Place flour and salt in mixing bowl then the raisins, chocolate chips, melted butter, egg and yeast mixture. Turn mixer to low and knead for around 5 minutes. Remove from the mixing bowl and place in a separate container, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours.
- At this stage dough would be twice its volume, deflate them divide into 16 pcs.
- Place them in a baking tray lined with baking sheet, cover it again with plastic wrap and let it rise for 20 minutes.
- Remove plastic wrap and bake in a 200C preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Prepare your glaze by dissolving sugar in hot water, once buns are cooked brush the top with the glaze.
- Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler or short microwave busts then once melted place them in a piping bag. Pipe crosses on top of the buns then serve.