Chocolate chunk hot cross buns

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This extra-spicy, chocolate chunk hot cross buns recipe is perfect for Easter and the dough can be made ahead to save time in the kitchen.

Chocolate chunk hot cross buns in baking sheet

There’s a certain glumness that accompanies the arrival of Autumn. Almost as if my spirit wanes slightly when the leaves lose their glorious green glow, the flowers start looking ever so slightly drabber and there’s a noticeable chill in the air. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cooler months but there is something a little more depressing about their arrival than that of spring and summer. Having said that, this time of the year also brings with it Easter eggs and hot cross buns and no-one can be angry about that.

Chocolate chunk hot cross buns with butter

And let me just say this: I don’t get people who don’t like hot cross buns. I am in no way a fan of raisins but good grief, there is something about hot cross buns that get me so excited. Eaten as is, toasted then slathered in butter, left to go stale then drenched in custard and baked and served with even more custard. I want it all. I bake hot cross buns every year around Easter but this year I decided to amp it up a little.

Soft Chocolate chunk hot cross buns

I added a lot of chocolate chunks to these hot cross buns because what’s better than chocolate IN carbs? Not much, let’s be honest. If you are one of those people who don’t like raisins, you could omit the raisins and just add chocolate but I kind of like the fruity burst of sweetness the raisins add, especially with the addition of bitter dark chocolate.

This is also a fabulous recipe if you want to make the hot cross buns ahead. If you want to take the overnight route, make the buns all the way up to forming them then cover them well with cling wrap and refrigerate overnight. Take them out of the fridge 2 hours before you want to bake them so they get a chance to come back to room temperature and rise a little again before baking them off.

Chocolate chunk hot cross buns on table

There is just simply nothing as wonderful as having a hot, straight-from-the-oven hot cross bun with a cup of coffee for Easter breakfast or brunch so add these to your must-make list. You won’t be disappointed.

Have you tried this recipe for hot cross buns? Please leave a comment and rate the recipe below.

5 from 15 votes
Choc chunk hot cross buns
Chocolate chunk hot cross buns
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 

This extra-spicy, chocolate chunk hot cross buns recipe is perfect for Easter and the dough can be made ahead to save time in the kitchen. 

Course: Baking
Author: Alida Ryder
Ingredients
  • 500 g flour
  • 20 g dry yeast
  • 100 g sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 g butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 ml full cream milk
  • 1 cup approximately 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
for the crosses
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
for the glaze
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
Instructions
  1. Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, spices and salt in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In a measuring jug, whisk together the melted butter, eggs and milk then pour into the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix until a sticky, soft dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the dough into a bowl and cover with clingfilm and allow to rise for 1 hour
  5. When the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and knead in the raisins and chocolate. Return to the bowl, cover and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Form dough balls roughly the size of golf balls out of the risen dough and place on the prepared baking tray.
  8. Mix together the flour and water and pipe crosses onto the buns.
  9. Allow to rise for another 30 minutes then place in the pre-heated oven.
  10. Allow to bake for 25-30 minutes until the hot cross buns are golden brown and cooked through.
  11. While the buns are baking, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and allow to come to a boil.
  12. When the buns have baked, remove them from the oven and immediately brush the glaze over the top.
  13. Allow to cool slightly before serving with butter.

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  • Lejla
    Reply

    I live somewhere where you can’t get hot cross buns and my craving for them has been through the roof this year. THANK YOU for this recipe. I am known to be a terrible baker, but this was really easy and now I am a happy camper.

  • Traci
    Reply

    Can’t believe I’ve never baked hot cross buns…and I used to be a bread baker. I really need to try these sometime. Yours look stunningly delicious! Thanks for the recipe inspiration!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Traci. It definitely is a winner and you will LOVE baking them.

  • Lynette
    Reply

    Simply yummy

  • Reply

    Do you know, I have never had a cross bun? I honestly haven’t heard of them until I started seeing pictures of them shared on Instagram. I apparently have been living under a rock and missing out. I recently saw a much plainer version of cross buns at our store’s bakery. Your version looks much more lovely. The combinations of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, cloves, raisins, and CHOCOLATE sound Devine. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Katie. They are absolutely scrumptious and you MUST make them. You won’t be sorry. 🙂

  • Danielle
    Reply

    I haven’t had my first hot cross bun of the year yet! These look amazing, and I love how much spice there is in them.

  • Emily
    Reply

    These look sooo delicious, spread with butter there’s nothing better!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      So right you are Emily! There’s nothing better than a warm hot cross bun with butter.

  • Julie
    Reply

    I love hot cross buns, especially as you suggested, toasted and slathered in butter. Happy Easter Alida thanks for sharing.
    Julie

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Julie! Happy Easter to you too!

  • Tercia
    Reply

    Yummy! Not a lover of dark chocolate find it bitter, but will follow he recipie on Saturday and share feedback & picks?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Yes please! You could definitely use milk chocolate but I think the dark works well with all the sweetness from the raisins and sugar.

  • Reply

    I remember these Alida, and I’m still drooling over them! Perfect for Easter!

  • Dee
    Reply

    Thanks for the recipe, am baking them this Easter .

  • Jo-Anne
    Reply

    The hot cross buns are easy to make, taste delicious with or without the chocolate chunks. This was my first attempt at baking hot cross buns and it was a hit! On my menu for this easter weekend.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      So glad to hear that Jo-Anne! 🙂 Happy Easter!

  • Paula
    Reply

    Such a great recipe. The buns are always so soft and delicious.

  • Fiona
    Reply

    These are absolute perfection. I bake them every year and they have become famous in my family.

  • Cindy
    Reply

    These are high on the list to try this season. I am always a bit intimidated with proofing, but the chocolate in this recipe is compelling me. I think my boys will really enjoy these. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Don’t be scared at ALL. The yeast does all the work for you. Your boys are going to LOVE these! 😉

  • meal5
    Reply

    it looks delicious! I will tag you in the photo and put your ig name and website address on the post!

  • Aarti
    Reply

    Absolutely delish. I used all cranberry as I don’t like other dried fruit.

  • Cindy Rodriguez
    Reply

    Seeing hot cross buns takes me back to elementary school when I was learning to read music and the song “hot cross buns” was the very first song we learned except that these are food and that is so much more exciting! These look so delicious

  • [email protected]
    Reply

    Love the chocolate chunks.These are definitely some of the hottest looking hot cross buns I’ve seen this Easter!

  • Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    Reply

    I love hot cross buns… and with chocolate chunks sounds amazing!!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Natasha! They are definitely a classic!

  • elizabeth
    Reply

    I love hot cross buns! I cannot wait to try your recipe! Happy Easter!

  • Benny
    Reply

    I think I drooled on myself.

    Yup. Definitely did.

    And WHO doesn’t like hot cross buns!? (the one direction comment had me dying ?)

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You’d be surprised how many people turn up their noses. I don’t get it!

  • Reply

    Oh my Lord Alida!! These look absolutely amazing! I love the added chocolate chunks! I would have a hard time stopping at one or two!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Mary Ann! Those choc chunks just take them over the top! And you’re not alone. I’ve yet to meet the person who could only have one.

  • Edenpassante
    Reply

    Yes!! These look incredible!

  • Pang @circahappy
    Reply

    I definitely am going to add this to my ‘must do’ list, but not only for Easter, I do want to make them carb ALL YEAR ROUND!!!! They look so scrumptious, and even though I am kind of scared of making bread, I promise myself I MUST try this!!! <3 <3 <3

    P.S. "teenage girl at a One Direction concert" hahaha — That's a good one 🙂

  • Olivia
    Reply

    Hi, I found this on FoodGawker and was hoping I could get your permission to post the recipe on my instagram recipe page (@foodie_recipes) as it looks delicious! I will tag you in the photo and put your ig name and website address on the post! Hope this is okay, thanks 🙂 x

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Hi Olivia, I don’t mind you using the photo but I would prefer if you don’t post the entire recipe on your instagram and rather re-direct your followers to view the recipe here.

  • Reply

    These hot cross buns are perfection! Nice Job!

  • Reply

    I’ve never had a hot cross bun, but they always look SO good. These are no exception, gorgeous photos as always!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      NO! You MUST try them. Bake them immediately! 😉 Thanks Nicole!

  • Reply

    Well, these are certainly my kind of hot crossed bun!! Yum!

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