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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Delight the whole family with our chef's ultimate Easter treat. Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns: a winning combination this time of year.

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For the syrup


  • 100ml water
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 clove
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil
  2. Remove from the heat
  3. Set aside and keep at room temperature
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns Recipe
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns Recipe

For the bun


  • 600g strong flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 8g salt
  • 60g butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 40g fresh yeast
  • 300ml water
  • 2g mixed spice
  • 150g sultanas
  • 20g mixed peel
  • 100g chocolate chips


  1. Mix the dry ingredients then add in the butter, combining into a crumble
  2. Dissolve the yeast with half of the water in a separate bowl
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, kneading until a sticky dough is formed
  4. Leave to rest until the dough has doubled in size
  5. Knock the dough back, weigh into 30-35 gram balls and place on a baking tray
  6. Prove until doubled in size

Making the cross


  • 100g strong flour
  • 25g sugar
  • Water


  1. Mix the flour and sugar together. Then add water, a little at a time, until you get a piping consistency
  2. Carefully drape over the fully proved buns

To finish


  1. Place the buns in a pre-heated oven at 160 degrees for 20 minutes and until golden brown
  2. While the buns are still hot, brush over the warm syrup
  3. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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