Breaking bread has symbolic meanings, it symbolizes sharing for one. That makes it a nice present to give and receive; you can rip of a bun for every guest and wrap it in a piece of cloth. I never did care for fancy wrapping; I always use old magazines (gives nice colors) and anything else I can find around the garden and house. Plain rope or some dried berries and leafs as decoration.
And of course it is nice for the guest (especially when they left late) that they have something to eat next to their first coffee in the morning. They will have a nice reminder of the previous night (instead of / or next to the hangover), and not a gift that will be lost in the back of the cupboard.
These buns are also a little healthier than the regular ones, using soya milk and whole wheat flour, no sugar (But I did use syrup so that one doesn’t count)
Warm the milk until luke warm. Stir in the non bleached flour until you have a smooth batter, mix in the butter, egg, salt, syrup, salt, yeast. Add the whole wheat flour in batches and stir everything together. Mix in the cranberries and the chocolate.
The dough will be very stick still but that’s alright, we’re going to handle it lightly along the way. Generously flour a clean worktop and put the dough on top. Dust the dough with flour and start folding it over with your fingers. Just use the tips of your fingers to press the dough and fold it over for about 5 minutes. You’ll probably have to add some more flour to it, just add enough so it won’t stick to your worktop.
Grease a bowl and put the dough inside. Cover it with cling film and leave it to rise on a warm spot until doubled in size (about 1 to 1 ½ hour).
Preheat the oven to 400F or 200C.
When doubled in size put the dough again on a floured worktop and cut in 8 pieces of the same size.
Grease a cake pan with butter and. Form the pieces into balls and place them in the cake pan, cover again and let them rise for about half an hour.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until golden brown, let them cool down on a rack.
If you like to give them a sweater touch, lightly brush them with sugar water 5 minutes before you take them out of the oven.