Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns

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I’ve wanted to make Hot Cross Buns for quite some time now and as Easter is coming I really wanted to share with you this delicious recipe.


Traditionally they are sweet buns made with raisins and spices and a cross on top, served on Good Friday. I am sharing with you the way I like them most - with raisins, spices and lots and lots of chocolate inside. These buns are soft, light, very flavorful and chocolaty, some of the chocolate chunks get melted while baking which is awesome. Really love the apricot glaze on top that makes them shine and bring extra flavor. They are simply divine, and serving them for breakfast with some butter alongside coffee makes them totally irresistible.


The recipe is not hard at all it just needs patience as in order to get soft buns the dough needs to rise three times. I highly recommend trying these for Easter if you have time, you and your family will be surely delighted.


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  • Makes 12 buns
  • 3 cups (375g) bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 1 tsp (3g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp (1g) ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 15 g fresh yeast (1 tsp active dry yeast)
  • 3 tbsp (40g) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) lukewarm milk
  • 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (70g) raisins
  • 7 oz (200g) semisweet chocolate, cut into chunks
  • For the crosses
  • 5 tbsp (40g) flour
  • 3-4 tbsp (45-60 ml) water
  • Glaze
  • 2 tbsp Apricot Jam
  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour with sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  2. In a small bowl stir fresh yeast with 1 tsp sugar until it liquefies. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup milk and then add to the flour mixture. Add the butter, egg, vanilla, rest of milk and water and start kneading until soft and smooth and slightly pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer to an oiled bowl.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap. Let it rest for about 1-1.5 hours at room temperature (warm space) until doubled in size.
  4. Incorporate raisins and chocolate into the dough, cover and let it rise again for 30 minutes.
  5. On a lightly floured surface turn the dough out and divide into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into balls.
  6. Place the dough balls into a parchment paper lined baking sheet and cover with an oiled plastic wrap. Let them rest again for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
  8. In a bowl combine flour with water to form a thick paste. Transfer into a piping bag fitted with a 3 mm small tip.
  9. Pipe crosses onto buns.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Brush the buns with warm apricot jam right after you take them out of the oven.
Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns-1
Nutrition facts 1 Bun (89g) - Calories:273, Fat:8.9g, Saturated Fat: 5.1g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0g, Carbohydrates:45.0g, Sugar:14.7g, Fiber: 2.5g, Protein: 5.8g, Cholesterol:22mg, Calories from Fat 80, Sodium 133mg, Potassium 184mg, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 3%,Iron 14%, Nutrition Grade C, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On March 18, 2016 at 06:31 pm, Kayle (The Cooking Actress) said...
yayyy for lots of chocolate! I really need to try some hot cross buns sometime and this looks like just the recipe!
On March 19, 2016 at 05:23 am, Deshi said...
its a nice recipe..... can i know how do we use dry yeast ?
On July 31, 2016 at 04:18 pm, Lisa said...
Hi, I was just wondering how long these can be kept for? Thanks!
On September 25, 2019 at 12:34 am, Arpana said...
Hi, I have absolutely loved all the receipes I have tried of yours! So far I have made the Sacher Torte, the triple chocolate mousse cake, brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate fudge and I have loved all of them! The triple chocolate mousse cake was a massive hit, people called it a pillow made of cloud????! Thank you so much for all the receipes! In India, we don't particularly easily get bread flour is it OK to use all purpose floor? My son wants me to make hot cross buns badly! Do let me know! Thanks!

Hello Arpana.

I am glad to hear that you love my recipe. 

And to answer to your question, yes, you can use all purpose flour.

Have fun cooking !


On September 30, 2019 at 04:08 am, Arpana said...
Thanks for the response! Of course I meant flour and not floor! Please ignore the unnecessary question marks and the typos! The comments section is not mobile friendly, possibly the reason for the typos! Thanks again!
On April 01, 2021 at 03:31 pm, Adam said...
Hi I would just like to know if I don't want to use the chocolate do I have to adjust any other ingredient?

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