Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns – Deliciously soft, and fluffy, warm from the oven, hot cross buns. Spiced, infused with orange, and stuffed full of chocolate chips!

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Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

I love hot cross buns, but I don’t like the store-bought ones full of raisins, and other dried fruit. If you’re like me and don’t like raisins, then these hot cross buns are for you!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

These hot cross buns are so soft and fluffy, and deliciously warm from the oven, ready for a spread of butter. I’ve added some of my favourite flavours to make these buns extra special. Spiced with mixed spice (pumpkin pie spice is a great alternative here), cinnamon, and nutmeg, infused with orange juice and orange zest, and stuffed full of melting chocolate chips. All them flavours combined in a warm bun… drools! Did I mention the deliciously warm, sticky orange glaze on top?

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Like any bread, these hot cross buns do take some time to prepare. You’ll be spending about 3 hours all together leaving the dough to rise. 2 hours to rise in a well greased bowl, and another hour to rise once again in the baking tray. So make sure you have the time before you start!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

These hot cross buns are SO worth the wait though. Enjoy, and Happy Easter!

Yield: 12 buns

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

3 hr, 30 Prep Time

18 minCook Time

3 hr, 48 Total Time

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Ingredients

    For the Dough
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster/granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk, warm
  • 4 cups (500g) plain/all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice
  • 3/4 cup (130g) chocolate chips
  • Zest of 1 large orange
  • For the Flour Crosses
  • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • For the Glaze
  • 1/4 cup (56g) caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) orange juice

Instructions

    For the Buns
  1. In a small bowl, add the milk and sugar, and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Leave for 5 - 10 minutes until the mixture is foamy.
  2. Whisk together the flour, mixed spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (You could also use a food processor). Add the yeast mixture, egg, orange juice, chocolate chips, and orange zest, and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a large, greased bowl, cover with clingfilm, and leave in a warm place for about 2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Using your fist, gently push the air out of the dough, then take out of the bowl and gently knead for a minute. Divide the dough into 12 balls. Place them in a greased 9x13-inch baking tray, cover and leave to rise in a warm place for another hour, or until they are touching and almost doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  6. For the Flour Crosses
  7. Whisk together the flour and sugar. Stir in the water until smooth. Place into a piping bag, and pipe crosses over the buns.
  8. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
  9. For the Glaze
  10. Gently warm the sugar and orange juice until the sugar has dissolved. Brush the glaze over the hot buns, and serve warm.

Notes

*Pumpkin pie spice is a great alternative to mixed spice.

Leftovers can be stored, covered tightly, in the fridge for up to 1 week. Baked buns also freeze well for up to 3 months. Warm up or toast before serving.

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Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns | Marsha's Baking Addiction

42 Comments

42 comments on “Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns”

  1. I heard that cross buns are so popular in UK during Easter. Is it true? I see a lot of them lately in the stores here in Canada. I never tried them but I am definitely looking forward to bake them. They look yum!

  2. These hot cross buns look beautiful. A perfect recipe to try for the Easter holiday. I love the touch of chocolate and orange too. Have a beautiful and blessed holiday weekend.

  3. I wanted to try this kind of cross buns for Easter, but I wasn’t feeling so well, so I did not actually cook or bake anything at all. Your version sounds even better than the one I wanted to make. It is pinned!

  4. Marsha, I’ve been drooling over these hot cross buns all week on social media! They are just… perfection. Love how fluffy and tasty they look. 🙂 The orange glaze on top is just mouthwatering. Pinning this! 🙂

  5. I want to dive right into these. They look so tender! Chocolate and orange is such a tempting and delicious combination. What a great ideas for these buns!

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