Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

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Hot Cross Buns are originally from England and is part of the Easter tradition, Good Friday, actually.
Was originally baked with raisins, dried fruits and spices.

Is also an Easter tradition in many other English speaking countries. In some places you can even get Hot Cross Buns all year round and in many different flavours.

We have refined our Hot Cross Buns with cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. It is best to eat them warm with butter, jam is also great.

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
For the dough
  • 250 g milk
  • 20 g fresh yeast or 1 sachet (7g) dry yeast
  • 500 g flour
  • 35 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of clove powder
  • a pinch of allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100 g sugar
  • 60 g softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g chocolate chunks
To brush
  • 1 egg yolk with 1 tbsp milk
For the cross
  • 30 g cocoa powder
  • 20 g flour
  • 70 g water
  1. Disolve yeast in lukewarm milk.

  2. Put all ingridients for the dough -exept the chocolate chunks- in a mixing bowl.

  3. Knead to a smooth dough for minimum 5 minutes.

  4. Cover dough and leave to rise for about 1 hour until double in size.

  5. Put dough on a lightly floured surface and knead-in the chocolate chunks.

  6. Divide dough in 12 equal pieces.

  7. Form each piece to a bun.

  8. Place buns in a baking form with baking paper.

  9. Cover and leave to rise for about 1 hour.

  10. Brush buns with egg yolk-milk-mixture.

  11. Mix together, cocoa powder, flour and water for the cross.

  12. Put in piping bag and pipe crosses on the buns.

  13. Bake in preheated oven at 200° C for about 22 to 24 minutes.

  14. Tastes best, warm with butter.

Enjoy baking!
Happy Easter to you and your family!
Take care and stay healthy!
Maggi & Family

By the way, our son got this “forget-me-nots” from his schoolmate so that he doesn’t forget her! (Corona shut down 🙂 ) There was also a nice card and a chocolate bar! Soooo sweet.

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