Cranberry & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

  • Total Time

    1h 20m
    • Prep Time

      1h 0m
    • Bake Time

  • Makes



Filled with dried cranberries and chocolate chips these are a real treat for Easter Sunday. These buns will keep for 2 days in a sealed container and are delicious toasted.


  1. Place the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl and stir together.

    • 625g Strong White Bread Flour (we like Allinson)
    • 1 Easy Bake Yeast Sachet (we like Allinson)
    • 75g Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar (we like Billington's)
    • A Pinch Salt
    • 2 tsp Mixed Spice
  2. Melt the butter with half of the milk in a small pan, add the remaining cold milk and 125ml cold water, so that the liquid is hand hot. Pour it into the flour mixture and stir lightly.

    • 50g Butter
    • 250ml Milk
  3. Add the cranberries and chocolate chips and knead firmly for 10 minutes (or 5 minutes in a mixer with a dough hook) until the dough is smooth and elastic.

    • 150g Cranberries
    • 100g Dark Chocolate Chips
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and roll into a long sausage, cut into 16 equal pieces, each will weigh about 75-80 grams.

  5. Pinch the edges of each piece of dough up to the centre until you have a smooth ball, turn seam side down on the worktop and roll into a smooth ball. Place the buns on a baking tray allowing space for them to double in size. You may need 2 trays.

  6. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place until the dough has really doubled in size.

  7. When the dough is almost ready, preheat the oven to 220°C, (fan 200°C, gas mark 6).

  8. Mix the plain flour with enough water to make a stiff paste. Place in a piping bag and snip the end then pipe crosses on the hot cross buns.

    • 3 tbsp Plain White Flour
    • 1 tbsp Water
  9. Bake for 15 minutes, then cover with baking parchment and continue to cook for another 5 minutes until the buns are golden, firm and feel hollow when removed from the baking tray.

  10. Allow to cool completely before tucking in!

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