Dried Cherry and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns -BakeClass – Anneka Manning

The perfect time to try make these wonderful fruit filled buns…easy and delicious. .

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Recipes and Images from BakeClass by Anneka Manning (Murdoch Books).

Dried Cherry & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
In this updated version of the traditional Easter hot cross bun, chunks of dark chocolate and tart dried cherries make these even more irresistible! (p.247) 
Preparation time: 25 minutes (+ 1½ hours proving time) Baking time: 25 minutes
750 g (1 lb 10 oz/5 cups) bread or pizza flour
55 g (2 oz/1/4 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
14 g (1/2 oz/2 sachets) dried yeast
11/2 teaspoons mixed spice
11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
150 g (51/2 oz/1 cup) dried cherries (see Baker’s tips)
75 g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) currants
435 ml (151/4 fl oz/13/4 cups) milk
60 g (21/4 oz) butter, cubed, plus extra, to grease and serve
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract or essence
100 g (31/2 oz/2/3 cup) chopped good-quality dark chocolate

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My Dried Cherry and Chocolate Easter Buns: BakeClass – Anneka Manning

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It is Easter a time for family get togethers and Easter Buns.

Thsi is what I made today – mine don’t have the flour paste crosses – as I am not a fan (and I used cranberries in pale of dried cherries as the recipe suggests ).

What do you think?

Dried cherry and chocolate hot cross buns


Easter Buns

Or Mine? 

These taste great -and the when eaten warm  the semi melted chunks of chocolate – divine!!