After many requests here is my take on Vegan Chocolate Hot Cross Buns!
You will need:
Measuring cups and spoons
Prep: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 minutes
1 kg all-purpose flour (save 3 tablespoons for surface)
4 tablespoons sugar of your choice
Pinch of Salt
1 and 1/2 Sachets of instant yeast
1 & 1/2 slabs of dark vegan chocolate such as a big aero dark
1/2 a cup of warm water
1 1/4 cup of plant-based milk
2/3 cup apple purity
A teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 slab aero dark or vegan dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of plant-based milk
2 Tablespoons of oil of your choice
1 tablespoon of maple/coconut/agave syrup
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Cut up your chocolate into small nibs and mix in with the dry ingredients.
Add in the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. You may need to add more milk depending on how dry the mixture is.
Need dough for 5-10 minutes on a well-floured surface.
Place in a warm draft free area to rise for 45 minutes.
Once the dough has risen pre heat the oven to 180°C.
Roll the dough out into a long sausage onto a floured surface.
Flatten the sausage slightly and slice squares about 5 to 7 cm long and shape into more of a square look and place onto your non stick baking trays.
Place the trays in a warm area to rise again for about 15 minutes while you start the chocolate mix.
Melt your chocolate by heating it in a bowl over steaming water in a pot(ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water).
Mix in the plant-based milk until creamy.
Pop the chocolate mixture into a piping bag or a ziplock bag and snip a hole in the corner.
Pipe a "V" or whatever you fancy on-top of the buns.
Place them in the oven to bake 15-20 minutes.
Once they have baked, drizzle the slightest bit of glaze on-top and allow them to cool slightly before serving.