Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

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Chocolate hot cross buns are a favourite with the kids and adults who are brave enough to admit it. :)
Of course regular hot cross buns are awesome too, you can find our recipe here –
Hot Cross Buns


  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups full cream milk
  • 2 teaspoons active yeast granules
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups high grade flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 size 7 egg, lightly whisked
  • 3/4 cup high grade flour extra, for crosses


Place the raisins in a bowl with 2 tablespoons boiling water, set aside (for a rich flavour you can use dark rum instead of water).
Heat the milk in a small saucepan or the microwave until just lukewarm. Sprinkle over the yeast and sugar and gently stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes until frothy.
In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, cocoa, 1/3 cup caster sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice and salt.
Lightly mix to combine and then make a well in the centre.
Pour in the melted butter, the whisked egg and yeast milk mixture, using a knife mix to combine.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly flour dusted surface, scatter over the chopped chocolate and raisins and knead the dough for 10 minutes until it feels smooth and elastic.  If you have a cake mixer with a dough hook then that is great for this.
Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and place in a warm spot until doubled in bulk. About 1 1/2 hours.
Turn the dough out again, lightly knead and divide into 10 balls.
Place these close together in a greased roasting pan. Cover, sit in a warm spot and allow to double in bulk.
Preheat the oven to 200 C.
Place the flour in a bowl and mix in cold water, a little at a time until the flour forms a thick paste. Place the paste in a piping bag.
Pipe crosses onto the buns. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until the buns feel firm on the outside and they have good colour.

Allow to cool to just warm before serving.

These are best on the day of making.

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  1. I’m a little confused about the raisins. You have two measurements but they are only mentioned at the beginning of the recipe to soak in water and then added to the dough with the chocolate?