Hot Lovers Buns
4 cups plain flour
2 x 8g sachets dried yeast
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoons mixed spice
1 tablespoon Misty Day Lovers Brew
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
40g butter or coconut oil
300ml of your choice of milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup plain flour
4 to 5 tablespoons water
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons caster sugar
Combine flour, yeast, sugar, mixed spice, salt and chocolate in a large bowl. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add milk. Heat for 1 minute, or until lukewarm. Add warm milk mixture and eggs to chocolate mixture. Use a flat-bladed knife to mix until dough almost comes together. Use clean hands to finish mixing to form a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dough doubles in size.
Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Punch dough down to its original size. Knead for 30 seconds on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 12 even portions. Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls onto lined tray, about 1cm apart. Cover with a teatowel. Set aside in a warm,spot for 30 minutes, or until buns double in size. Preheat oven to 190°C or 170˚C fan-force.
Make flour paste: Mix flour and water together in a small bowl until smooth, adding a little more water if paste is too thick. Spoon into a small snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner of bag. Pipe flour paste over tops of buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until buns are cooked through.
Make glaze: Place water and sugar into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to theboil. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Brush warm glaze over warm hot buns. Serve warm or at room temperature.