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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Chocolate Hot Cross Buns


  • Grease a 25 cm deep, rectangular baking pan.
  • Combine the yeast, milk and half the sugar in a bowl until the yeast has completely dissolved. Cover and allow dough to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes, until the mixture starts to froth.
  • Sift the flour, salt, cocoa powder and the rest of the sugar into a large bowl.
  • Add the butter and rub mixture together with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the yeast mixture and a lightly beaten egg. Mix together until all of the ingredients come together and turn out onto a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 2-3 minutes and place dough in a bowl brushed with olive oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for about an hour, until it rises and doubles in size.
  • When ready, turn out onto a lightly floured working surface. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough becomes smooth. Add the candy pieces and knead to distribute. Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Shape into balls of dough.
  • Transfer balls of dough in greased baking pan. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes so they can rise again.
  • Preheat oven to 180* C (350* F) Fan.
  • Combine all of the ingredients for the coating with 3 tablespoons of water. Transfer mixture to a piping bag. Pipe lines across the tip of each bun in the shape of a cross.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, lower oven temperature and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • When ready, remove from oven. Remove buns from baking pan and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Spread jam or marmalade over the top. Ready to serve.


You can store the buns in the freezer so they can remain fresh until needed.

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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
8 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
7 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
13 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
9 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
6 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
8 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
8 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
3 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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