Dark Chocolate & Sultana Hot Cross Buns

Prep time: 2 hours

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: Makes 12

The perfect Easter family activity then toast them up with lashings of cultured butter they’ll be the gift that keep on giving!

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  • Prep time: 2 hours
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Serves: Makes 12



  • 60 g Cultured butter
  • 150 g Soft brown sugar
  • 300 mL Full cream milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 7 g Instant yeast
  • 550 g Plain flour
  • 100 g Dark choc chips
  • 100 g Sultanas


  • 100 g Plain flour
  • 100 ml Water


  • 100 g Brown sugar
  • 100 ml Water
  • 30 g Sultanas


  • 1)

    Melt butter then add to a mixing bowl with brown sugar, milk, egg, spices and stir until sugar has dissolved.

  • 2)

    In another mixing bowl add flour, yeast, sultanas, chocolate chips and combine with the wet mix made in step 1 until it forms a sticky dough. (2mins on speed 2 for a kitchen aid) then leave for 15mins to autolyse.

  • 3)

    Mix for a further 5 mins on speed 2 or hand knead for 10mins until dough becomes formed and elastic. spray dough with olive oil and leave to rest for 1hr cover in a tea towel (dough should visually have doubled in size).

  • 4)

    Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide dough into 12 equal 100g portions. Roll into buns (watch reel for technique) the place onto baking paper with little gap in between so they touch as they proof & cook. Spray with some olive oil and let them rise for another 30mins covered in a tea towel.

  • 5)

    While buns are having final rise make your cross mix by combining flour and water then filling a piping bag or DIY with a glad bag with corner cut off.

  • 6)

    Pipe on your crosses (see reel for demo) and pop buns into oven at 200C fan bake for 20mins or until deep golden brown.

  • 7)

    While buns are baking make your glaze by combining sugar, water and sultanas and bring to the boil until water reduce and forms a sticky looking consistency. Should only take a couple of mins.

  • 8)

    Once the buns are cook and slightly cooled paint the glaze onto the buns to get that beautiful shine.

  • 9)

    We like to toast our buns with a healthy slather of cultured butter! Enjoy!

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