Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Bunshttp://penniesonaplatter.com
For the buns:
2 Tablespoons instant yeast1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups warm milk
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the glaze:
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons hot water
For the crosses:
2 ounces white chocolate (block or chips)
For the buns: Combine the yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl; set aside. After 10-15 minutes, the mixture should swell.
Whisk the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, egg and yeast mixture, along with 1 cup of the chocolate chips. Mix together until a dough forms, then knead on low speed for about 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth an elastic. Add a little more flour, if needed.
Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down the dough, then add the remaining chocolate chips, kneading lightly to incorporate them. Divide the dough evenly into 16 balls and place them close together in a parchment lined or greased baking pan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cover the hot cross buns with a clean kitchen towel and set aside to rise for 20 minutes.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and fragrant. While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze.
For the glaze: Dissolve the sugar in the hot water. Once the buns are done baking, remove from the oven and immediately coat them with the glaze, using a pastry brush. Let cool in a pan on a wire rack.
For the crosses: Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Transfer to a small zipper bag or piping bag, snip off the end and pipe crosses across the tops of the buns.