Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

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Makes 8 large buns

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 50g softened butter
  • 7g “easy-bake” yeast (yeast that doesn’t need to be activated beforehand)
  • 200g chocolate chips
  • 200ml milk
  • 2 eggs

For crosses & glaze

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • water
  • honey or golden syrup


  1. Mix flour, sugar, mixed spice and salt together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Put the milk on the stove over a low heat to begin gently heating.
  3. Add butter to the flour mix and rub in with fingers, then add yeast and stir in.
  4. When milk is hot, but still cool enough to put your finger in for a few seconds, remove from heat. Add the eggs and mix together.
  5. Add the milk and egg mix into the flour and begin mixing together.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and continue mixing until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  7. Flour a bench and tip dough out. Form dough into a rough log and cut into 8 even pieces. Shape the pieces into round, slightly flat buns.
  8. Cover 2 trays with baking paper and place the buns onto them, leaving several centimetres between them.
  9. Cover loosely with cling film and leave in a warm place for about an hour to rise by half their size again.
  10. Once risen, make the paste for the crosses. Mix the plain flour with some water until a smooth paste forms. Pipe the paste onto the buns in crossed lines.
  11. Brush honey or golden syrup on top of the buns and put into the oven for 12-15 minutes at gas mark 7 / 220°c / 425°f.

Perfect when just out of the oven, or toasted the day or two after.

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