Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

If you had noticed during the past days this week we were posting only either vegetables or seafood dishes that is because it is Holy Week. You might be wondering why? Well it is a practice in most of the Christian faith specially the Catholics that during these days everyone should abstain from eating meat and only vegetables and seafood are to be consumed. Today instead of posting vegetables or seafood dishes we will go traditional and nothing is more traditional than Hot Cross Buns.

Hot Cross Buns is a spiced sweet bun infused with raisins marked with a cross on top. Traditionally this type of bread is consumed during Lent which starts from the evening of Mardi Gras (the evening before Ash Wednesday) through Good Friday, while this was never introduced in the Philippines it is popular in a lot of Christian countries like England, New Zealand and Australia. The most common feature of this bread is the cross on top which symbolizes the Crucifixion, but even before Christianity was established some say this type of bread already existed. History suggests that this bread was eaten by the Saxons in honour of the Pagan goddess Eostre and the cross in this context was used to symbolize the four quarters of the moon. During those times this bread was not yet popular or even used widely in Lent until in 1300’s when a monk distributed the buns to the poor on Good Friday, this act of good gesture was copied by different monks in other monasteries and it is where the tradition then started. It started to become popular with Christians first but pagans used them eversince so the early Christian church attempted to ban them. Then 1600’s came and Elizabeth I of England remove the ban and legalized them by associating them with Christian holidays, the rest is history.

Today it is very popular, you can buy it in bakeries or even supermarkets when the Lenten season arrives. Many version even emerged like chocolate, toffee, apple/cinnamon, orange/cranberry to name some. Today we will be posting some chocolate chip version and here is how my resident baker (the lovely wife) had made it.

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns
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Serves: 16 pcs
  • 4½ plain flour
  • 6¾ tsp yeast or 3 packets
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups milk, lukewarm
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp hot water
  • ½ cup white chocolate buttons
  1. In a small bowl combine together milk, sugar and yeast, set aside for 15 minutes in a warm place.
  2. Place flour and salt in mixing bowl then the raisins, chocolate chips, melted butter, egg and yeast mixture. Turn mixer to low and knead for around 5 minutes. Remove from the mixing bowl and place in a separate container, cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1½ hours.
  3. At this stage dough would be twice its volume, deflate them divide into 16 pcs.
  4. Place them in a baking tray lined with baking sheet, cover it again with plastic wrap and let it rise for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove plastic wrap and bake in a 200C preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Prepare your glaze by dissolving sugar in hot water, once buns are cooked brush the top with the glaze.
  7. Melt the white chocolate over a double boiler or short microwave busts then once melted place them in a piping bag. Pipe crosses on top of the buns then serve.



16 Responses

  1. That would taste so good with my coffee right now. I guess it’s a good thing I can’t get to it or I’d be tempted to eat half the pan (pretty hungry). Beautiful, Raymund, these look great.

  2. Classic example of how to make something (which already tastes amazing,) into something even better. They’re egg-cellent!

  3. I was thinking dark chocolate.. but Easter.. it has to be white chocolate! Wonderful change up to a traditional bun.. I love Hot Cross Buns!! Happy Easter!! xx

  4. I like your chocolate chip version!

  5. Karen says:

    Your resident baker did a terrific job. The hot cross buns are wonderful.

  6. Shirley says:

    Beautifully glazed and golden. I didn’t know they could be made with chocolate.

  7. Kiran says:

    I need a few slices to go, please? 😀

  8. Hot cross buns are terrific, and homemade are so much better than the ones you buy in the store (they often are a bit dry, and you don’t want to read the list of ingredients). Plus they never sell them with chocolate chips! Great recipe – thanks.

  9. foodjaunts says:

    I love hot cross buns but I’ve only had the regular version with the cream cheese based frosting cross on top. Great idea with the chocolate chips! It gives it that extra special something.

  10. ironwhisk says:

    Those look really good. I just figured out last week why they’re called “crossed”. Sigh.. Yummy.

  11. Love the history lesson as always Ray – hope you had a good Easter !

  12. I like this recipe. But may I know the unit of plain flour? Thanks!

  13. Love hot cross buns! The addition of chocolate chips is a great idea!

  14. a lot of catholic traditions are taken from pagan practices i think to make it easy for people to swallow the teachings.. anyhow, the bun looks tasty

  15. Renna says:

    These look great! I love hot cross buns.

    Here is another cranberry and apricot hot cross buns recipe you might like.

    Thanks for sharing

  16. Raymund, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Easter Foods over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

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