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15Total Time
35Prep Time
30Bake Time
A little effort

Vanilla & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian

About the bake

Make your hot cross buns stand out this Easter with the addition of chocolate and vanilla. These can be made in advance and frozen until you need to use them.  

15Total Time
35Prep Time
30Bake Time
A little effort


  1. Step 1:

    Put the strong white flour, salt, yeast and 1 tsp of golden caster sugar into a bowl. Add the butter and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the light brown sugar, spices, mixed peel and dried fruit.

  2. Step 2:

    Make a deep well in the centre, then pour in the beaten egg, milk and vanilla bean paste. Add the chocolate and start by using a wooden spoon to mix, then follow with your hands until a dough consistency is formed.

  3. Step 3:

    Knead the dough for about 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface, adding a little more flour if it becomes too sticky.

  4. Step 4:

    Cut the dough into 12 equal parts and place in a 20cm x 20cm greased tin lined with baking paper.

  5. Step 5:

    Cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for at least two hours, or until springy to the touch and doubled in size.

  6. Step 6:

    Preheat the oven to 220°C (fan 200°C, gas mark 7). To make the crosses, form a paste with the flour and 3 tablespoons of water, then transfer to a piping bag and pipe a cross on top of each bun. Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes.

  7. Step 7:

    To make the glaze, gently warm the sugar and orange juice together in a small pan until all the sugar has dissolved. Transfer the buns on to a wire rack and brush over the glaze whilst they are still warm. Leave to cool.


  • For the Dough

    • 500g Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour
    • 7g Allinson's Easy Bake Yeast Sachet
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 tsp Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 50g Unsalted butter (softened & cut into pieces)
    • 100g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • 2 tsp Mixed spice
    • 50g Sultanas
    • 50g Mixed peel (chopped)
    • 250g Dates (chopped)
    • 1 Large free range eggs (lightly whisked)
    • 250ml Whole milk (warmed to hand hot)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
    • 100g Dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
    • For dusting Allinson's Plain White Flour
  • For the Topping

    • 3 tbsp Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 3 tbsp Water
    • 75g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 2 tbsp Orange juice


  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • 20cm square tin
  • Baking paper
  • Piping bag
  • Small knife

Nutritional Information

per 119g
  • 402cal Energy
  • 8.8g Fat
  • 5g of which Saturates
  • 70g Carbohydrates
  • 36g of which Sugars
  • 8.5g Protein
  • 0.51g Salt

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