Chocolate Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Why rely on shop-bought, when you can make your own delicious chocolate hot cross buns for Easter?

General info

Serves: makes 12
Cooking Time: 90 mins


  • 1 batch basic enriched dough (See recipe here)
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100g PnP cranberries

For the cross paste:

  • 60g bread flour
  • 60ml water

For the glaze:

  • 60g PnP white sugar
  • 60ml water
  • ½ tsp mixed spice


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Roll the basic dough out and sprinkle with dark chocolate and cranberries. Fold the dough to enclose the filling and knead until the chocolate and cranberries are well combined.
  3. Divide the dough in 9 rolls. Place on the baking tray. Leave to rise for 20 minutes.
  4. For the cross paste; whisk together the bread flour and water until it forms a smooth paste. Place the paste in a piping bag with a small nozzle. Pipe a cross on each bun.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. For the glaze; combine the sugar, water and mixed spice in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, boil for 1 minute.
  7. Glaze the hot cross buns when they come out of the oven.

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