Vegan chocolate hot cross buns

Time

45 minutes + 80 minutes proving

Light and fluffy vegan hot cross buns studded with melting chocolate chunks and decorated with a chocolate cross – these are the chocolate-lovers dream! Delicious warm from the oven or toasted under the grill, they’re naturally vegan, dairy-free and nut-free. They are easy to make in a few simple steps and make the kitchen smell divine.

Ingredients

Ingredients
  • 150ml plant-based milk
  • 7g fast-action yeast
  • 3 tbsp (30g) coconut sugar
  • 4 tbsp (60g) vegan butter or margarine, melted
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • A pinch of salt
  • 60g + 30g chopped Divine 70% Dark Chocolate with Lemon & Juniper

Method

1

Warm the milk until just slightly warm but not hot so to kill off the yeast. Pour into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and yeast. Leave for 10 minutes.

2

In a second bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt.

3

Pour the yeast mixture over the flour with the melted butter or margarine and mix to form a dough.

4

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead for a couple of minutes. Place the dough back in a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size.

5

Chop 60g of chocolate. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, scatter over the chocolate and knead into the dough. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll into balls. Place the buns in a greased oven-proof dish, close together, cover with cling film and leave to rise for 20 minutes in a warm place.

6

Preheat the oven to 170Fan/190*C and bake the buns, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden.

7

Allow to cool fully before melting the 30g chocolate and decorating the buns with chocolate crosses. Best eaten on the same day or the day after.