Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

Easter is just around the corner which means chocolate and hot cross buns for everyone! I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of hot cross buns so this time I took out all the dried fruit and added in some tasty choc chips instead! Like I already don’t eat enough chocolate at Easter but anyways…

These were a little messy to make as the dough was quite sticky and the choc chips were melting onto my hands as I was kneading it. But I do love baking yeast-based things and my favourite part is seeing the dough rise into a big puffy ball and then punching the air out of it before kneading it for the second rise heh. It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures, I reckon.

The hot cross buns turned out more dense and cakey rather than light and fluffy, which I think actually suited the flavours since it was almost like eating chocolate cake, with more choc chips studded inside. There’s also some cinnamon in there which was hard to discern since the cocoa powder and choc chips overpower it. Next time I think I’d add more ground cinnamon to give it a bit more spice.

They’re best fresh out of the oven with a pat of fresh butter sandwiched in between two halves of a bun. But nuke them in the microwave for a couple of seconds the next day to get them warm, soft and melty again. Hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter! May the Easter bunny bring you lots of chocolate :)

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Muse Cafe, Hunter Valley

Muse Cafe

A trip to the Hunter Valley is never complete without some wine tasting. And wine taste we did! It was about 2.30pm when we reached Hungerford Hill Wines and after sampling some fruity whites and robust reds, I couldn’t ignore my rumbling stomach any more and we decided to have lunch at the restaurant.

A sneak peek into the Muse Restaurant area

The Muse dining area is split into two, with a cafe area by day and a more formal restaurant setting at night. Both are surrounded by large glass doors and windows, allowing the daylight to stream into the dining room and giving it a bright, open feel.

Pan fried Canadian sea scallop - $23
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