Chocolate Caramel Hot Cross Buns are a sweet treat awaiting your Easter morning. You'll love them!
Hello all my fellow food loving fanatics! I'm back again with some chocolate yummies for you. With Easter season approaching I thought putting a fun twist on my chocolate hot cross buns would be oodles of fun.
You are probably wondering what on Earth chocolate hot cross buns are. Well, they were a happy little accident I made about 15 years ago or so. A happy accident that turned into my daughter's favourite treat.
I was making hot cross buns one day and discovered I had run out of raisins. I decided to try adding chocolate chips instead. I was wildly distracted at the time, as us moms often are, and I popped the chips in too early.
So if you know anything about bread machines you know they get quite warm while making dough. It helps the dough rise. In helping the dough rise, it also melted my chocolate chips.
Instead of tossing the chips in at the end, had I added them before the machine had finished mixing. So it stirred that melted chocolate right into the dough. I was left with a beautiful looking chocolate dough.
I'm one of those people who rolls with things. I figured I would just try making them even though it wasn't my original plan. That way I wasn't wasting a batch of dough. So I baked them up the same as any other hot cross bun recipe.
When they were finished, my daughter, who was quite young and picky at the time, took one bite, smiled then inhaled the rest of that chocolate hot cross bun, plus three more. I was in shock. This kid was not easy to please.
From that day forward she declared chocolate hot cross buns her favourite. I've been making them ever since. She likes hers coated completely with icing while they are hot, instead of the traditional thick icing piped into crosses.
Since this batch was going to be a special batch for Food Fanatic, I stuffed these little suckers with caramel and even more chocolate. The results were fantastic. You are going to love these chocolate caramel hot cross buns so much.
I suggest making a double batch. Your family will inhale them so fast when they are hot that you will want a second batch so you can cool and decorate them. Trust me, in this case, more is better.
Hope you enjoy them. I know we sure did!
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