Dark Chocolate Bun-nies
Gooey dark chocolate chunks with a hint of coconut make these buns a tasty chocolatey treat for everybunny! Best enjoyed fresh from the oven with an ice cold glass of your favorite milk (mine is unsweetened almond).
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Easter is on the horizon and I am surrounded by hot cross buns. It’s not as if I haven’t heard of a hot cross bun in baked good form, but to be honest my memories of hot cross buns really revolve around a beige colored recorder and third grade. There are three of us in my family and I am the youngest….that is a whole lot of unsuccessful (and successful) renditions of hot cross buns. My mum is a saint.
More about the delicious looking buns with the cross. After some time researching it seems in general there isn’t as strong of a background to the story as I had thought there would be for why they are so popular and how they came to be. There are several stories and tales about them however. I like the brief overview of the most common ones in this short blog. In wanting to partake in new traditions and make new foods I thought making home made hot cross buns to share with my future in laws was a must.
Since my fiancé has a great distain of unknown origins for sultanas (raisins) in baked goods (he also doesn’t like cinnamon or ginger…which I am working on) I decided to brainstorm a creation we could both enjoy eating and sharing. Naturally I/we being new to these buns needed to do some important research. VERY important hot cross buns market/taste testing research.
After three unsuccessful attempts at making worthy of sharing hot cross buns I switched gears. I also came to the conclusion from our market/taste testing research that I don’t actually enjoy hot cross buns (sorry hot cross bun lovers!). As a result of all of these important findings Dark Chocolate Bun-nies were born.
I finally found success in following a recipe Zoe, of bakeforhappykids.com, had revised from a recipe on Taste.com.au she calls Very Chocolate Hot Cross Buns. I made additional tweaks of my own to Zoe’s version shared here.
Dark Chocolate Bun-nies
The perfect chocolaty treat to enjoy fresh from the oven with a tall ice cold glass of your favorite milk or warmed up later with fresh seasonal fruit on the side.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 2o minutes
Servings: 16 Buns
Serving Size: 1 Bun
- Extra virgin organic coconut oil (to grease pans and bowls)
- 2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups organic soy milk, warmed (or milk of choice)
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup raw organic cocoa powder
- 60g salted butter, chilled, chopped (I use Kerrygold)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 3/4-1 cup (about 150-190 grams) white chocolate chips (or dark chocolate if you prefer)
- 1/2-1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
For the dark chocolate lovers out there try swapping out the white chocolate glaze for dark chocolate. Go wild and try sprinkling the top with chopped pecans and coconut, freeze dried raspberry bits (aka astronaut food) or another topping.