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 17 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
  • 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
  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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  • 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

      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

    Yes!! These look incredible!

  • Pang @circahappy

    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

    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

      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

      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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