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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!

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns in a rectangle baking pan.

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 in a rectangle baking pan before being baked.

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

These chocolate and orange 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 in a rectangle baking pan after being baked.

Like any bread, these hot cross buns do take some time to prepare. You’ll be spending about 2 hours all together leaving the dough to rise. 1 hour 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 in a rectangle baking pan with a bun removed.

Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns in a rectangle baking pan with a few buns removed.

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! #hotcrossbuns #bread #breadrecipes #recipe

These chocolate and orange hot cross buns are SO worth the wait though.

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Enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns
Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 48 mins
Yields: 12 buns
Calories: 316 kcal
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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Ingredients
For the Dough
  • 4 cups plain/all-purpose flour 500g
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant (fast-action) yeast 7g, or 1 sachet
  • 1/2 cup caster/granulated sugar 100g
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips 130g
  • 1 cup milk 240ml, warm
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 56g, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 60ml
  • Zest of 1 large orange
For the Flour Crosses
  • 1/2 cup plain/all-purpose flour 60g
  • 1 tablespoon caster/granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water 60ml
For the Glaze
  • 1/4 cup caster/granulated sugar 50g
  • 1/4 cup orange juice 60ml
Instructions
For the Buns
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, and spices. Toss in the chocolate chips.

  2. Make a well in the centre, and add in the milk, butter, egg, orange juice, and zest. Mix well, then bring everything together with your hands to form a sticky dough.

  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. 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 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 risen and 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

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.

The calories are an estimate only.

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48 Comments

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

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

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

      Thanks, Renee!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    26th March 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
      26th March 2016 at 10:10 am

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

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    Catherine
    26th March 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
      26th March 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thanks, Catherine!

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    Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    26th March 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
      26th March 2016 at 10:12 am

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

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

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

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

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    26th March 2016 at 12:47 pm

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

  • Reply
    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    29th March 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
      29th March 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks, Megan! 🙂

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

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

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

      Thanks, Grace! 🙂

  • Reply
    Adina
    29th March 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
      29th March 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks, Adina! 🙂

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

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

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

      Thanks, Muna! 🙂

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

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

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    30th March 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
      30th March 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat
    30th March 2016 at 2:18 pm

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

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

      Thanks, Shelby!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    30th March 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
      30th March 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks, Cheyanne!

  • Reply
    Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
    30th March 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
      30th March 2016 at 11:18 pm

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

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

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

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

      Thanks, Rahul!

  • Reply
    demeter | beaming baker
    31st March 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
      31st March 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! 🙂

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    31st March 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
    1st April 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
      4th April 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer!

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

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

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

      Thanks, Puja! 🙂

  • Reply
    Spinnin Jenny
    9th February 2018 at 1:55 am

    I’m in the US, what is mixed spice? Can you explain what is in mixed spice in the UK? I don’t like the idea of pumpkin spice with chocolate, and want to use some other spice.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      9th February 2018 at 7:59 am

      Mixed spice, also called pudding spice, is a British blend of sweet spices, similar to the pumpkin pie spice used in the US. Cinnamon is the dominant flavour, with nutmeg and allspice. Here’s a recipe for you – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/181605/mixed-spice. I hope that helps! 🙂

  • Reply
    Melina
    30th March 2018 at 1:42 am

    Can the dough be made and rise in the fridge overnight? Would love to have this ready for breakfast in the morning without having to wake up early for the first rise.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      30th March 2018 at 8:22 am

      Yes, of course! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ann Marie Vitello
    31st March 2018 at 5:17 pm

    These sound delicious! Going to give them a try today. However I’m not sure why you need to sprinkle the yeast over the milk and sugar if your using instant yeast. Should just be able to add it to everything.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      31st March 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Hi Ann! I hope you enjoy 🙂 You are correct! I wrote this like I was using dried yeast – corrected. Thank you 🙂

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