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Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Muffins

A delicious take on the classic hot cross bun – moist and tender orange-infused spiced muffins studded with chocolate chips, topped with a cross and glazed with golden syrup!

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

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Easter’s not until next month, but I thought I’d bring you a scrumptious take on the classic hot cross bun with these muffins!

These muffins are deliciously moist and tender, spiced with mixed spice, and cinnamon, flavoured with orange juice and zest, and stuffed with chocolate chips. Decorated with a cross before baking, and glazed with golden syrup whilst cooling. These are perfect if you don’t have the time to make hot cross buns!

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

I absolutely love the chocolate and orange flavour combination in muffins and bread. It’s been one of my favourite combinations since I made my Glazed Chocolate Chip Orange Bread. If you loved my chocolate and orange bread, you are going toย loveย these!

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

Add these incredibly scrumptious hot cross muffins to your Easter baking list, and stay tuned for more Easter recipes from me!

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

Enjoy!

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

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yields 14

Ingredients

For the Muffins

  • 3 cups plain flour 375g
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar 170g
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips 175g
  • Zest of one large orange
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 60ml
  • 1 cup buttermilk 240ml
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 100ml

For the Crosses and Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 -3 tablespoons cold water
  • Golden syrup to glaze

Instructions

For the Muffins

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Spray or butter a 12-hole muffin pan, then set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, mixed spice, cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips, and orange zest. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the egg, orange juice, buttermilk, and vegetable oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin slots.

For the Crosses

  1. Mix together the plain flour and the water to form a smooth paste. Spoon the mixture into a small plastic food bag, and cut a small hole off one corner, or use a piping bag. Pipe crosses over the muffin batter.
  2. Bake for 14 - 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack, glaze with golden syrup (mix 2 tablespoons of golden syrup with 1 tablespoon warm water), and allow to cool completely.

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

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

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    February 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    These are such pretty little muffins! They would be so pretty on an Easter brunch table =)

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Shelby! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    February 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I love citrus-infused baked goodies! Orange and chocolate is right up my alley! These little muffins looks so cute with the cross tops! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Melanie!

  • Reply
    Kari
    February 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve never made hot cross buns but I’ve always wanted to give it a go because of the poem. Thanks for sharing!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Enjoy, Kari! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    February 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    These muffins look absolutely divine, Marsha. I wish I could have a couple of these beauties right away! So good!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks, Anu!

  • Reply
    Muna Kenny
    February 24, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Adorable and delicious looking muffins! I don’t think that there should be an occasion where you eat particular food. If you crave it eat it. I crave fruit cake often, and can’t wait for Christmas or Thanksgiving to have it.
    These muffins look so moist, and with all the flavors you added, I can imagine how amazing your kitchen smelled when baking these muffins ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Muna! I agree, we should be able to eat what we want, whenever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Adina
    February 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    They look great, I especially love that crumb!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      February 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Thanks, Adina!

  • Reply
    Priay
    March 2, 2016 at 6:21 am

    You baking recipes are just too good.. I wish I could bake goodies like this one day… Uhhhhhhh

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thank you, Priay!

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