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Hot Cross Buns

Delight in the comforting aroma of freshly baked Hot Cross Buns, a symphony of spices and chocolate that embodies warmth and tradition. Experience the joy of creating these soft, indulgent buns at home, elevating your culinary journey one delicious bite at a time.

Total Time
2 hours 30 min
Simple & Professional Tasty Recipes

Ingredients for 12 Servings

  • For the Buns:
    650g Bread or All-Purpose Flour
    8g Instant Yeast
    70g White Sugar
    Pinch of Salt
    30g Brown Sugar
    6g Ground Cinnamon
    6g Allspice
    355ml Lukewarm Milk
    1 Large Egg
    50g Melted Butter
    150g to 200g Dark Chocolate Chips

    For the Crossing:
    75g All-Purpose Flour
    100ml Water

    For the Glaze:
    100g Icing Sugar
    150ml Water

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    1 hour
  • Cooking Time
    20 min – 25 min

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    1. Prepare the Dough:
      In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread or all-purpose flour, instant yeast, white sugar, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Make a well in the center and add lukewarm milk, beaten egg, and melted butter. Mix until a sticky dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for about 10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Incorporate the dark chocolate chips during the last few minutes of kneading.
    2. First Rise:
      Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size.
    3. Shaping the Buns:
      After the first rise, punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a bun and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, leaving a small gap between each bun.
    4. Prepare the Crossing:
      In a small bowl, mix the all-purpose flour and water to form a thick paste. Transfer the paste into a piping bag and pipe a cross over the top of each bun.
    5. Second Rise:
      Cover the buns with a clean cloth and let them rise for another 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until they become puffy and almost double in size.
    6. Bake:
      Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
    7. Prepare the Glaze:
      While the buns are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small saucepan, heat the icing sugar and water over low heat until the sugar dissolves and the glaze thickens slightly.
    8. Finishing Touch:
      Once the buns are out of the oven, brush them with the warm glaze while they are still hot.
    9. Cooling:
      Allow the buns to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy these delightful Hot Cross Buns warm or toasted with a slather of butter.
    Pro Tips
    • For a tender crumb, allow the dough to rise until doubled in size during both rising stages.
    • Incorporate chocolate chips gently at the end of kneading to distribute them evenly.
    • Warm the glaze slightly for easy brushing and a glossy finish.
    • Serve buns fresh out of the oven or lightly toasted with a dollop of butter for an indulgent treat.


Calories per Serving:
Caloric content may vary based on size; average serving is approximately 270 calories.

Embark on a delightful baking adventure and relish the joy of sharing these delectable Hot Cross Buns with your loved ones. Experience the magic of homemade treats that fill your home with warmth and happiness.

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