Not hot and not cross

I have been considering sweet dough buns for a while – ever since Christmas when I came across a River Cottage recipe for an enriched dough. I couldn’t make it at the time because it called for six eggs and the hens were on strike. With the longer days, eggs are no longer a problem – all four of our ladies areΒ  laying:

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plenty of eggs (if somewhat muddy)

When I returned to the recipe, however, I felt that it was a bit too rich, so I looked for a different version and found a recipe for sweet dough by Ruby Tandoh (a Great British Bake Off finalist a couple of years ago) that looked ideal, although it only uses two eggs. I like the idea of Hot Cross Buns – soft dough with a sticky top and lovely spices. However, in general I find them rather disappointing and, to be honest, I’m not particularly keen on dried fruit. So, inspired by one of Mr Snail’s favourite flavour combinations, I made chocolate orange buns by adding the zest of two oranges and a heap of dark chocolate chips:

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not a raisin in sight!

But I couldn’t leave it there… I mean I’d only used the zest of the oranges, so I really needed to do something with the juice. The answer was clearly orange icing. So, I present to you, chocolate orange iced buns, the perfect spring (or any other season) bread product:

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not hot, not cross

Delicious with a cup of coffee.

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. Yummmmm! One of my all time favourite combinations. I must say, I do really love a fruit bun, but I find dried fruit increasingly hard to digest, so this is a very apt time to start looking at alternatives.

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  2. They look Delicious!! πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. Wow! Just WOW!!!

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  4. Mmm chocolate orange is always a wonderful flavour combination! (Although I am also a fan of fruit buns)

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  5. I have a chocolate orange tea that I love! Oh, to have those buns with it! They look wonderful but I would have no restraint. I found a cinnamon bun at the farmers market yesterday and brought home just 2 for today’s celebration of Easter. They are home baked and were better than any store bought. I have to settle for those because if I baked that pan you have there, they would be gone by nightfall. 😦 Sadly I had both with my morning coffee as I live alone. πŸ™‚ No restraint whatever.

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  April 1, 2018

    Sound and look delicous πŸ™‚

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  7. I’m weaning myself off bread products again – otherwise I’d be adapting some recipe to make these!! You are a clever clogs πŸ™‚

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  8. They look yummy!

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  9. You’ve made me think of chocolate covered orange peel. These sound lovely. I saw myself eating one with a morning coffee. Yes, the different combinations of things you can do with a good dough are many and varied. Enjoy!

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  10. Laurie Graves

     /  April 2, 2018

    Oh, they look utterly delicious!

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  11. Shirley

     /  April 2, 2018

    They look yummy. Happy Easter

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  12. Pop the kettle on….I’m on my way over!

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  13. These look very scrummy. The shop bought ones are often disappointing – although I have to rely on my husband bringing them over in his cabin bag so can’t complain really. I did make them one year – using a Paul Hollywood recipe I think – and they were so much better.

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    • Oh, but you have access to all sorts of wonderful bread and patisserie, surely? I would highly recommend this dough recipe – I made it using the dough hook on my Kenwood chef, so it was very easy.

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      • Hmmm. The reason you always see French people carrying baguettes around is because they are stale after a couple of hours and the patisserie is mostly goo and fluff. I miss real cream and cakes with a bit of ‘body’. I like the almond croissants but you can get those in the U.K. now.

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  14. Ow, I just tried to bite my computer screen. These look great!

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  15. Not a fan of dried fruit here so these sound perfect! They look it too. Gosh I’m hungry all of a sudden…

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  16. These sound lovely – although I am a lover of the traditional hot cross bun too! Happy Easter.

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  17. My mouth is watering, I bet they were delicious.

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