Easy Homemade Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Updated on November 21, 2019
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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

Warm and delicious homemade chocolate hot cross buns.
Warm and delicious homemade chocolate hot cross buns.

December Is the Perfect Month for Baking

I love baking, and December seems like the perfect time to bake cakes, bread, buns, and much more.

The other day, I baked chocolate hot cross buns. I was inspired by an episode of The Great British Baking Show on Netflix (my favorite show) in which the contestants were making hot cross buns. They look so good! That's when I knew hot cross buns would be my next baking challenge.

What Is a Cross Bun?

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on top. Originally created in the United Kingdom, the style and texture of hot cross bun is similar to that of raisin buns. Initially, I had wanted to add raisins, but I decided to substitute chocolate chips because I wanted to try something a bit less traditional.

One of the best things about baking is that when the dough starts rising, that's when you know the yeast is active and perfect for the proofing process. To make bread or buns, you must begin by preparing a yeast mixture. I would recommend using active dry yeast because it worked tremendously well for me. However, you are welcome to use instant yeast, instead. The difference is that active yeast needs to be dissolved in lukewarm water or milk, whereas instant yeast can be mixed straight into the dough. Both are useful for making bread or buns.

Let's see the full ingredients.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1-2 hours (including resting and proofing time)

Total Time: 2-3 hours

Makes: 12-15 buns

Ingredients

For the yeast mixture:

  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the dough:

  • 3 1/2 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (add more if you want the strong flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon melted butter

For the crosses:

  • Chocolate fudge
  • Chocolate caramel

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture dissolve and set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In another small bowl, lightly beat the egg and egg yolk. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, ground cinnamon, allspice, sugar, eggs, and butter. Using a lower speed, start mixing the ingredients. Increase the speed and mix until the dough comes together. If the dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time.
  4. Transfer the mixture onto a baking mat to shape the dough into a ball.
  5. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Let it sit in a warm place for an hour.
  6. Transfer the dough onto a baking mat and combine the chocolate chips. Continue kneading until all combined.
  7. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls.
  8. Lay a parchment paper on a baking tray.
  9. Transfer the balls onto a tray, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  10. In the meantime, heat the oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake for 18 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  12. Allow buns to cool slightly before making the crosses.
  13. For the crosses: I used a ready-made chocolate caramel. If you want to make some, just melt the chocolate chips with butter, transfer into a piping bag or a ziplock bag, and start making the crosses on top of the buns.
  14. For the glaze: Melt the butter in the microwave for 15 seconds and add honey to combine.
  15. Brush the honey glaze on top of the buns.
  16. The chocolate hot cross buns are ready to eat!

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Combine the yeast, warm milk, and sugar in the mixing bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until it forms a foamy mixture. Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, butter, and egg. Mix all ingredients until it forms a dough. Transfer the dough onto a baking mat or floured surface. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Cover with a cling wrap or damp towel. Let it rest for 1 hour. Transfer the dough onto a baking mat, combine the chocolate chips, and knead for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls. Line the balls into a baking tray. Let it rest another 20 minutes before baking. Make the cross. I use a ready-made chocolate caramel. The buns are done. Brush with your favorite jam or honey glaze. Enjoy the chocolate hot cross buns with coffee or tea.
Combine the yeast, warm milk, and sugar in the mixing bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until it forms a foamy mixture.
Combine the yeast, warm milk, and sugar in the mixing bowl. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until it forms a foamy mixture.
Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, butter, and egg.
Add the flour, sugar, cinnamon powder, salt, butter, and egg.
Mix all ingredients until it forms a dough.
Mix all ingredients until it forms a dough.
Transfer the dough onto a baking mat or floured surface.
Transfer the dough onto a baking mat or floured surface.
Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Cover with a cling wrap or damp towel. Let it rest for 1 hour.
Transfer the dough into a greased bowl. Cover with a cling wrap or damp towel. Let it rest for 1 hour.
Transfer the dough onto a baking mat, combine the chocolate chips, and knead for 10 minutes.
Transfer the dough onto a baking mat, combine the chocolate chips, and knead for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into equal-sized balls.
Divide the dough into equal-sized balls.
Line the balls into a baking tray. Let it rest another 20 minutes before baking.
Line the balls into a baking tray. Let it rest another 20 minutes before baking.
Make the cross. I use a ready-made chocolate caramel.
Make the cross. I use a ready-made chocolate caramel.
The buns are done.
The buns are done.
Brush with your favorite jam or honey glaze.
Brush with your favorite jam or honey glaze.
Enjoy the chocolate hot cross buns with coffee or tea.
Enjoy the chocolate hot cross buns with coffee or tea.

© 2018 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      19 months ago from USA

      My first hot cross buns were pretty good. I definitely will make more for the holidays. Next time I want to try with a different glaze. Apricot jam maybe? Thanks for lovely comment, Linda.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the sound of this version of hot cross buns very much. I think that chocolate chips are always a great addition to cakes and buns. A honey glaze would be a lovely part of the topping.

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