Hot Cross Buns With Chocolate, Orange and Raisins

by Matea
6 buns
2 hr 25 min

I always try to make some new things for each holiday. Last year I tried this hot cross buns for Easter. They were literally amazing, we ate it so quickly. This year I have decided to use the recipe again, but spiced up just a little more.

Sweet yeast doughs are my weak spot so I am happy when I get an excuse to make some more, like Easter in this case!

The thing that makes these hit cross buns special is a lot of chocolate in the filling. Also, there are soaked raisins and a lot of orange zest. Nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon make these buns even better.

I highly recommend you to make these, I am sure you will love them as much as I do.

Hot Cross Buns With Chocolate, Orange and Raisins
Recipe details
  • 6  buns
  • Prep time: 2 Hours Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 2 hr 25 min
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  • 190 grams flour
  • 7 grams dry yeast
  • 60 millilitres lukewarm milk
  • 30 millilitres lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 grams melted butter
  • 100 grams chocolate chunks
  • 40 grams raisins
  • 30 grams flour + 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam + 1 tablespoon warm water

Add dry yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into 30 millilitres of milk and let it activate.
In the meantime, mix flour with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt. 
Once yeast is activated, add it to the flour together with the rest of the milk, water, egg, vanilla, orange zest and butter. Knead the dough until soft and smooth. It will take about 10 minutes.
Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let it double in size. That will take about one hour.
You can soak the raisins in warm water with some rum if preferred.When the dough has risen, add soaked raisins and chunks of chocolate. Incorporate it into the dough. Let it rest for another 30 minutes.
Put your dough on a lightly floured surface and press it with your hands to form a flat circle shape. It doesn’t have to be thin. Cut it into 6 equal pieces (or 8 if you want them even smaller). Form each one into a ball and line them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Cover and let it rest for another 30 minutes.
When buns are ready, mix 30 grams of flour with 2-3 tablespoons of water by using a fork. It needs to be firm, but again smooth enough to form the crosses. Fill a piping bag with the mixture, cut off the tip and make straight lines across the buns. Don't stop when passing from one bun to another. Just make continuous lines.
Preheat the oven on 200 degrees Celsius and bake for about 25 minutes.
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of jam in warm water and coat buns with it while still hot.