Recipe: Chocolate & orange hot cross buns

Serves: 12 

Prep time: 25 minutes  

Baking time: 15 minutes 


  • 500g strong flour 
  • 60g  caster sugar 
  • 2 tsp mixed spice 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 14g dried yeast 
  • pinch salt 
  • 2 medium eggs 
  • 300ml milk 
  • 70g raisins 
  • 70g dark chocolate drops 
  • 40g butter, room temperature 
  • zest 1 orange 


  • 60g plain flour 
  • Water  
  • Golden syrup/honey to glaze 


  • Into your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add the salt, strong flour, caster sugar, yeast, spices, eggs & lukewarm milk. (Keep the yeast and the salt separate) 
  • Mix this together for 5 minutes until you have an elastic dough. 
  • Add the butter and mix until completely blended into the dough. 
  • Place this dough into a greased bowl, cover with a kitchen cloth and leave somewhere warm until its doubled in size. 
  • Once doubled in size, knock the air out and place back in the mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment. 
  • Add the orange zest, raisins and chocolate drops and mix until combined. 
  • Turn this dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 12 balls. 
  • Place these on a lined baking tray allowing some space in between and cover with a cloth and prove again until doubled in size. 
  • Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan. 
  • To make the hot cross bun topping, simply mix the flour with some water until you have a thick flour paste. 
  • Pop this into a piping bag and just before the buns go into the oven, pipe a cross on the top of each one. 
  • Place these into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. 
  • Once baked, remove and place on a wire rack to cool. 
  • Before serving, glaze the hot cross buns with warm golden syrup or honey.