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Kids in the kitchen: Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

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Serves 10 Buns | Prep Time 120 | Cook Time 15

Why I Love This Recipe

I found this recipe on The Times online website. This recipe means alot to me as I too have a young daughter who loves her food (and also a sweet tooth!) and so we decided to give this recipe a go.

We had fun making Hot Cross Buns, alot of mess as you can image, but she likes getting her fingers dirty and getting stuck in. This recipe is easy to make and thats saying something when you have kids helping you, but seriously its fun to make and great way to get your kids to learn to appreciate food.

Ingredients You'll Need

500g plain flour

1x 7g pack of easy-bake yeast

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp salt

1 tsp mixed spice

50g sultanas

Zest of one orange, finely grated

100g chocolate, roughly chopped

1 egg

200ml warm water

100ml warm milk

25g melted butter


1 - Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl.

2 - Stir in the yeast, honey, salt, mixed spice, sultanas, orange zest and chocolate.

3 - Break the egg in with the milk and water and pour in along with the melted butter, mixing thoroughly. Mix until it comes together into a loose dough.

4 - Knead for 5 minutes until a hand indentation pressed into the surface springs back straight away.

5 - Cover and leave in a warm place for an hour or so until it has doubled in size. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/GM6.

6 - When doubled in size, lightly knead again to get rid of the air. Roll out into a sausage and cut off 8-10 portions. Roll these into balls and place onto a greased and floured baking tray. Cover again and leave for 20-30 minutes until they double in size again.

7 – Cut crosses into the dough with a sharp knife. Place into a high oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

8 - Mix a little sugar and water together over heat and brush onto the top to make a sugar glaze. Allow to cool slightly.

9 – Ensure you smell the heavenly vapours together before devouring whilst still warm!

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