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Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

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!

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

Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 48 minutes
Yields 12 buns

Ingredients

For the Dough

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

For the Flour Crosses

  • 1/2 cup plain flour 60g
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup water 60ml

For the Glaze

  • 1/4 cup caster sugar 56g
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 60ml

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.

For the Flour Crosses

  1. Whisk together the flour and sugar. Stir in the water until smooth. Place into a piping bag, and pipe crosses over the buns.
  2. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.

For the Glaze

  1. 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.

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

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

42 Comments

  • Reply
    Renee
    March 26, 2016 at 3:05 am

    These look so pillowy soft! I’ll take two with a mimosa, please!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Renee!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    March 26, 2016 at 3:17 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Thanks, Ilona! Yes, they are very popular here in the UK 🙂

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    Catherine
    March 26, 2016 at 5:57 am

    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.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

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    Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    March 26, 2016 at 9:20 am

    These are my kind of hot cross buns. I hate the one’s with raisins and mixed peel, so don’t normally indulge. Chocolate & orange is a whole different story altogether. I will have to give them a go.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thanks, Tania! Chocolate & orange is way better than store-bought 😉

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    March 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Mmmm these look so deliciously scrummy! I love the chocolate orange flavour combo!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

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    Sarah
    March 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Love hot cross buns. Have never tried them with chocolate and orange though. Sounds lovely!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks, Sarah!

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 29, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Oh gosh! I love these! I like dried fruit, but I love chocolate – especially with orange – I’m sure these are fabulous 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks, Megan! 🙂

  • Reply
    grace
    March 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    this is far better than the traditional version! nicely done. 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Grace! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adina
    March 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Adina! 🙂

  • Reply
    Muna Kenny
    March 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    So moist and tasty looking buns! Chocolate and orange are flavours that go so well together 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Muna! 🙂

  • Reply
    kushi
    March 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    interesting and flavorful combo. They look so soft, beautiful and delicious!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks, Kushi!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    March 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I can only imagine the smell of these while they are baking!! Chocolate and orange? These sound amazing. Hello weekend baking project 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! 🙂

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    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    March 30, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Yummy! How perfect are these for Easter? Look so good, Marsha!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Shelby!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I actually like raisins, but I’m saying these buns are still for me! They look super soft and absolutely perfect, Marsha! LOVE the chocolate and orange combination here! Unique and delicious! Cheers, girlie!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Reply
    Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    March 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve never tried making my own hot cross buns before, but these look amazingly delicious! I love your addition of orange and chocolate too! How creative! Hope you had a happy Easter, Marsha!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you, Joscelyn! I hope you did too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    March 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    These look SO good Marsha, what a flavour twist to traditional hot cross buns

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Thanks, Rahul!

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    demeter | beaming baker
    March 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    These buns look airy soft, Marsha. Chocolate orange combination sounds awesome! That orange glaze looks beautiful.

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    April 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Is it horrible that I’ve never actually had hot cross buns?! Need to try your version ASAP, because they look SO fluffy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      April 4, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    April 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    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!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      April 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Reply
    Puja Darshan
    April 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve never had hot cross buns. Looking delicious Marsha. 🙂
    Will try it soon!!!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      April 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Puja! 🙂

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