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

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42 Comments

42 Comments on Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

  1. Renee
    March 26, 2016 at 3:05 am (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 10:10 am (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Renee!

      Reply
  2. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    March 26, 2016 at 3:17 am (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

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

      Reply
  3. Catherine
    March 26, 2016 at 5:57 am (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Catherine!

      Reply
  4. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    March 26, 2016 at 9:20 am (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

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

      Reply
  5. Elizabeth
    March 26, 2016 at 10:53 am (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

      Reply
  6. Sarah
    March 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Sarah!

      Reply
  7. Megan - The Emotional Baker
    March 29, 2016 at 12:52 am (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Megan! 🙂

      Reply
  8. grace
    March 29, 2016 at 12:38 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Grace! 🙂

      Reply
  9. Adina
    March 29, 2016 at 3:03 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Adina! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Muna Kenny
    March 29, 2016 at 4:43 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Muna! 🙂

      Reply
  11. kushi
    March 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Kushi!

      Reply
  12. Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    March 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Dawn! 🙂

      Reply
    • Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Shelby!

      Reply
  13. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    March 30, 2016 at 2:34 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

      Reply
  14. Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    March 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

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

      Reply
  15. Rahul @samosastreet.com
    March 30, 2016 at 7:29 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 30, 2016 at 11:19 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Rahul!

      Reply
  16. demeter | beaming baker
    March 31, 2016 at 2:28 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂

      Reply
  17. Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 31, 2016 at 4:47 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      March 31, 2016 at 9:43 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Anu!

      Reply
  18. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    April 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Jennifer!

      Reply
  19. Amanda
    April 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm (10 months ago)

    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 (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Amanda!

      Reply
  20. Puja Darshan
    April 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm (10 months ago)

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

    Reply
    • Marsha
      April 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm (10 months ago)

      Thanks, Puja! 🙂

      Reply

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