Chocolate orange hot cross buns

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It must be true what they say about your taste in food changing as you get older. When I was little I couldn’t get enough of chocolate. Easter was an extremely exciting time for me – the one day of the year where you were allowed to eat as much chocolate as you wanted and no-one would tell you off was my idea of heaven.

But now you can keep your Easter eggs – the best thing about Easter for me is hot cross buns. Fluffy, soft, spicy buns spread with butter while they are still warm from the oven – yes please!

I wanted to try a chocolate orange version ever since I tried some from a local bakery (Ashers in case you’re wondering!) and loved them. I was a little disappointed this year when I learned they were no longer making them but it gave me the push I needed to make my own. I’m not going to state that my attempt is better than Ashers, but they do come pretty damn close. They are so good toasted under a hot grill and spread with butter and marmalade.

I followed the basic recipe for orange, cranberry and white chocolate hot cross buns I made last Easter and added the zest of two small oranges (you could use one large Orange but I had two little easy peelers to use up in my fruit bowl), 1/2 tsp Orange extract and 80g dark chocolate chips. When they came out of the oven I brushed them with a glaze I made by boiling 3 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp water and 1/2 tsp cinnamon together in a small pan until syrupy and slightly thickened.

Hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend!

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