Chocolate Chip and Orange Hot Cross Buns

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Fill your kitchen with the aroma of freshly baked buns!

Chocolate Chip and Orange Hot Cross Buns

Recipe courtesy of Cold Storage

Nothing beats a stay-home weekend where you’ll get to spend quality time experimenting new bakes with your family. Give this recipe a try, and we assure you it’ll all be worth the effort, especially when the aroma of freshly baked buns fill your home (and tummy).

(6 to 10 buns)

  • 400g bread flour
  • 50g plain flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • A little water (for paste to pipe crosses)
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup orange peel
  • 1 tsp orange essence
  • 1 sachet fast-acting instant yeast
  • Apricot jam, melted, for glazing


  1. In a large bowl, mix bread flour with sugar, cinnamon powder and yeast.
  2. Make a well in the centre and pour in warm milk, beaten egg, melted butter and orange essence.
  3. Knead well for about 10 minutes, adding a little more flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.
  4. Leave the dough to rest for about 1 hour, covered with a damp tea towel or cling wrap, until it doubles in size.
  5. Add chocolate chips and orange peel and knead until it is well set.
  6. Divide into handfuls and form into balls.
  7. Place balls of dough a couple of centimetres apart on a parchment paper-lined baking tray.
  8. Preheat oven to 200°C and allow buns to rest and rise for about 20 minutes.
  9. Form a thick paste by combining 50g of plain flour with 1 tsp of caster sugar and a little water.
  10. Fill piping bag with paste and pipe crosses onto buns.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
  12. When slightly cool, glaze with melted apricot jam.

And there you have it, your very own homemade bun perfect for afternoon tea with your family!

Get all your ingredients and baking tools available at Cold Storage (The Centrepoint, Anchorpoint & Causeway Point).

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