Worldly Wednesday – Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Today we have Lisa from Mummy’s Undeserved Blessings doing a guest post for us.  Lucky Lucky!!!  She and her little apprentices have whipped up a scrumptious load of Easter Treats we know you will just LOVE.  Over to you Lisa!!

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

A girl I used to work with got me hooked on these but sadly they are only available for about 6 months of the year in stores 😦

However my life is now changed forever! I can make them myself and I can make them GOOD!

Here is the recipe if you want to try or yourself .

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

First make the dough

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

1. Whisk 1 tablespoon of dried yeast and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar in a jug containing 3/4 cup of warm milk. Set aside of 10 mis are until frothy;
2. Whisk into the yeast mixture, 1/2 cup milk, 50g of melted butter, and 1 egg, lightly whisked;
3. Combine 3 1/2 cups of Bakers ( or plain) flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of caster sugar, 3/4 cup of choc chips, and a pinch of salt, in a bowl;
4. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture. Using a wooden spoon stir until all combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl;
5. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic;
6. Place in a greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise for 1 1/2 hours.

Then shape your buns

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

1. Punch down the centre of the dough to remove any air bubbles. Knead for 2 minutes then shape into 12 buns ( they are quite large so even 16 would work for smaller buns);
2. Line a baking pan with baking paper and lightly grease with butter;
3. Place the buns side by side in the pan and cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise for 30 mins.

Bake and decorate!

Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Combine 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder in a snap lock bag. Add just enough water to make a paste. Cut the corner of the bag to make a 2mm hole and pipe crosses on your buns;
2. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temp to 160 degrees and bake for another 20 mins. Or until golden and cooked through;
3. Meanwhile ( don’t skip this step as it really makes the buns super yummy) stir 2 tablespoons of caster sugar in 1/3 cup of water in a saucepan over low heat u til the sugar dissolves. Simmer until the glaze thickens. Transfer buns to a wire rack, brush with glaze and set aside to cool slightly.

Choc Chip Hot Cross buns<
Eat with lots of butter and a cup of tea ( in moderation…not like me last year who ate them for breakfast everyday while I breastfed my newborn daughter).


Lisa is the author of Mummy’s Undeserved Blessings. She writes about her life as a mummy and a minister’s wife who is learning to appreciate her undeserved blessings. Lisa lives in Canberra with her husband and three girls four and under.  You can find her at


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