Pink Lady® Apple, Chocolate and Orange Zest Hot Cross Buns

Nothing says Easter like hot cross buns, and this recipe is guaranteed to please with a delectable combination of flavours including Pink Lady® apple, chocolate and orange zest. Best served with a generous spread of butter. Delicious!

Full preparation

  1. Heat the 300ml milk in a pan and bring to the boil. When boiling, take off the heat and add the butter to melt. Leave to cool until warm but not hot.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the strong bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Make a well in the centre and slowly pour in the warm milk and butter, and the egg. Mix together until it all comes together to form a dough. You can use a fork or your hand for this.

  3. Turn the formed dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes to create a smooth elastic dough that springs back when pressed.

  4. Put the kneaded dough into a clean, oiled bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm dry place for around 1 hour, until doubled in size.

  5. Once the dough has risen, add the apple, chocolate and orange zest and knead through to fully combine.

  6. Divide into 12 equal pieces (for even sized buns, weigh the dough, then divide the total weight by 12 to work out how much each piece should be).

  7. Form each bun into a neat round shape and place onto a lined baking tray, leaving space for each bun to grow. Lightly score a cross into each bun with a sharp knife.

  8. Cover with oiled cling film or a clean towel and leave to grow for another hour.

  9. Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan 200°C/gas mark 7 about 15 minutes before the end of the proving time.

  10. Once the buns have finished rising, brush them with milk.

  11. To make the cross, slowly mix the plain flour with about 8 tbsp water until you have a paste you can pipe. Put the paste into a piping bag or a freezer bag and snip the corner. Pipe crosses onto the buns.

  12. Put the buns into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Once baked, place onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.

  13. To finish, heat the honey and brush onto the buns.

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