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Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns

These chocolate orange hot cross buns are a fun twist on a classic Easter recipe!
Prep Time2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 55 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 325kcal
Author: Emma Walton



  • In a small pan, heat the milk with the butter until the butter has melted and the mix begins to steam.
  • Once it begins to steam, immediately take this off of the heat and mix the flour, yeast, sugar, spices and orange zest in a large bowl and place to one side.
  • Check that the milk is warm to the touch and add in the egg a little at a time and whisking thoroughly.
  • Pour the warm milk, butter and egg mix into the bowl of dry ingredients along with the orange juice and bring together into a ball of dough with your hands.
  • Turn the ball of dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 - 10 minutes or until the ball is smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with cling film or a tea towel to prove in a warm place for roughly 1 hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
  • After the initial prove, stretch the dough out until flat.
  • Cover the dough with 2/3rds of the dried fruit, mixed peel and chocolate.
  • Fold the dough in half and cover with the remaining dried fruit, mixed peel and chocolate before folding in half again.
  • Begin kneading the dough to incorporate the layers of fruit and chocolate into the dough. This should take roughly 5 minutes.
  • Line a large oven dish with grease proof paper.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal sized pieces and roll into smooth balls.
  • Place the 12 balls into the oven dish allowing room for them to grow and spread.
  • Again, cover with either cling film or a tea towel and leave in a warm place to prove for a further 30-45 minutes.
  • Once the dough has increased in size again, pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5 / 180C.
  • Before baking, make a paste with the plain flour and water. Add just 5 tbsp to begin with, only adding the 6th if it is too thick to pipe.
  • Add the paste into a piping bag and pipe crosses on top of the buns.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  • Just before the 20 minutes is up, mix the marmalade and hot water together.
  • Take the buns out of the oven when the 20 minutes is complete and brush the buns with the marmalade glaze.
  • Pop the buns back in the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  • Take the buns out of the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack before eating.


Serving suggestion

These taste fantastic cut in half and toasted before being spread with either chocolate spread or marmalade!


Calories: 325kcal