Double chocolate hot cross buns

Our Double Choc Hot Cross Buns are an indulgent twist on a traditional Easter treat and the ultimate treat for chocolate lovers. With their rich and decadent flavor, these rolls are perfect for adding a touch of indulgence to your festive celebrations.

If you are a fan of the classic combination of chocolate and orange, we recommend giving the dry dough a piquant note by adding a little orange zest. For an extra hint of citrus flavor, soak the raisins in refreshing orange juice, giving them a tantalizing flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate buns.


  • 300 ml milk
  • 400g strong white bread flour, plus some flour for dusting
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 7 g bag of fast-acting dry yeast
  • 50g golden powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g raisins
  • 100g milk chocolate chips
  • 50g white chocolate
  • 2 Table spoons of milk
  • 50g plain flour

Preparation steps

  1. Warm 275ml milk in a small pan or in the microwave for a few minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa, yeast, sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg and vanilla extract with the warm milk.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir into a soft dough.
  5. Knead the dough on a clean work surface for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  6. Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with oiled plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead in the raisins and chocolate chips.
  8. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  9. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each into a smooth ball.
  10. Arrange the balls in a 4×3 formation on the prepared baking sheet, leaving room for them to rise.
  11. Score a cross on the top of each bun.
  12. Cover the rolls loosely with oiled cling film and let them rise until they have almost doubled in size.
  13. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas 5.
  14. In a small pan or microwave, melt the white chocolate with the milk.
  15. Stir in flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a smooth paste forms.
  16. Place the paste in a disposable piping bag or grocery bag and cut off the tip of the corner.
  17. Glaze the rolls with the remaining milk.
  18. Bake the rolls for 15 minutes.
  19. Pipe crosses onto the rolls where the dough was scored.
  20. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  21. Cool the rolls on a wire rack before serving.

Nutritional Information

274 6g 3g 45g 18g 2g 8g 0.2g

Equipment and tools

  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • Sieve
  • Whisk or fork
  • tablespoon
  • teaspoon
  • sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Cooling rack
  • Sharp knife

Allergen information

This recipe contains the following allergens:

  • milk
  • wheat gluten)

Please ensure all ingredients are suitable for your dietary needs.

Storage and leftovers

Store the Double Choc Hot Cross Buns in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage you can freeze them. Wrap each bun tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 1 month.

To enjoy the leftovers, you can gently reheat the rolls in the oven or toaster. Serve warm with a dollop of butter or jam.

Health Benefits of Double Choc Hot Cross Buns

Double Choc Hot Cross Buns not only satisfy your chocolate cravings but also provide several health benefits. These delicious treats can be a nutritious addition to your diet if enjoyed in moderation. Let’s explore the health benefits of the main ingredients in this recipe.

Cocoa powder

Cocoa powder, one of the main ingredients in Double Choc Hot Cross Buns, is extracted from cocoa beans and is known for its rich chocolate flavor. It is a good source of antioxidants, including flavonoids, which have been linked to various health benefits. These antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals and reduce inflammation. Cocoa powder is also linked to improved heart health by promoting healthy blood circulation and reducing the risk of blood clots.


Raisins made from dried grapes give the hot cross buns a natural sweetness. They are rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. Raisins are also rich in essential minerals such as potassium and iron. Potassium is important for maintaining proper heart function and reducing the risk of high blood pressure. Iron, on the other hand, is needed for the production of red blood cells and helps prevent anemia.

Milk chocolate chips

Milk chocolate chips give the Double Choc Hot Cross Buns a heavenly taste. Although milk chocolate generally contains more sugar and fat than dark chocolate, it still offers some health benefits. Milk chocolate contains calcium, which is important for strong bones and teeth. It also contains certain compounds that can stimulate the release of endorphins, making you feel happier and more relaxed.

White chocolate

The delicious drizzle of white chocolate on these rolls provides a creamy texture and sweet taste. Although white chocolate doesn’t offer the same health benefits as dark chocolate, it does contain some calcium and iron. However, due to its high sugar and fat content, it should be consumed in moderation.


Double Choc Hot Cross Buns offer a delicious blend of flavors that can be enjoyed as a special treat. Although they may not be the healthiest option for daily consumption, the main ingredients of these rolls provide certain nutritional benefits. Cocoa powder provides antioxidants, raisins provide fiber and essential minerals, and milk chocolate chips provide calcium and mood-enhancing compounds. Remember to enjoy these rolls in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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