Chocolate Orange Hot Cross Buns

Pimping out the plain old hot cross buns with a delicious twist!

It may be slightly late… but it’s still Easter so it counts 😉 If you have followed me for a while, I posted a recipe for my Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffins (check them out!!) in which I explained my love for chocolate and orange as a combination so i need not bore you with that stuff again!  haha :p

Plus, orange flavour is a very easter-y thing, right?

It was my first time making hot cross buns too, pretty scary.. They do look a little untidy but for a first attempt, i’m proud!
These were deliciousssssss, rich with chocolate both from the dough and chocolate chips added on top and the zing of orange it was hard not to ‘accidentally’ eat more than one 😉

They were also fun too make, I made them with the help from my younger brother who has stayed with me for the week. So perfect for making with a younger child/family etc but I do love making dough, I find it really therapeutic oddly…


The dough itself was super easy to make and simple! I added orange extract and some orange zest to it, just so it had a background flavour of orange! It did work really well but smelt amazing too.


After you’ve made the dough/left it to rise for an hour or so, you can then add the extras such as chocolate chips or raisins if you prefer! Then they will need to be shaped, scored and proved!
When i said they were super easy to make… the hardest point of the recipe was scoring hahaha, in future i will be sure to score them more than what I did!

They need some decent,deep scores along the top so that when they prove for the second time, its still visible afterwards.


I feel like this recipe is also easily adaptable, regarding what flavours you prefer! For instance, you could change it to salted caramel flavouring with the chocolate chips and a drizzle on top or even raspberry flavouring! 🙂


Just as they are nearly finished cooking in the oven, you will need to add the iconic cross along the top! This is made with white chocolate, flour and again, I added extract to it, just for the intense orange vibe. Once cooked, you are then free to toast them, lather in butter/jam or preferred topping and gobble away!



I will leave the recipe below 🙂 Be good to know what you’re favourite Easter bake has been this year!
If you haven’t already  please check out my other recipes and give us a follow!


Please note: this recipe makes 12 buns and took a few hours to make 🙂


– 400g strong white bread flour
– 1 sachet (7g) of fast action dried yeast
– 280ml of milk
– 2 tsp orange extract
– zest of one orange
– 50g caster sugar
– 50g cocoa powder
– 1 egg
– 100-150g chocolate chips
For the crosses:
– 50g white chocolate chips
– 2tbsp plain flour
– 1tbsp milk
1 tsp orange extract


  1. For the dough, heat up the milk in a pan, or in the microwave until warm but not hot. Whisk in the egg and extract.
    In a seperate bowl, add all the dry ingredients except from the chocolate chips and briefly mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix until dough has formed.
  2. Tip onto a lightly dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes or so, put the dough back into a clean lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place to rise for around an 1hr to 1hr 15.
    You want it to have doubled in size 🙂
  3. Tip back onto the work surface, scatter all the chocolate chips on the work surface and work into the dough. Be careful not to knead it too much else the chocolate will melt!
  4. Shape into 12 balls, place on a tray lined with baking paper, leaving a little gap between each. Score each of the buns with a deep cross, cover with some cling film again (but only loosely this time) and leave in a warm place until doubled in size again.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celcius, glaze the top of the buns with some milk and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Whilst the buns are cooking, melt the white chocolate in a pan with the milk, one melted take off the heat, stir in the extract (you can add more, depending on taste!) and stir in the plain flour until you have a smooth but pipe-able paste.
  6. Put the paste into a piping bag, snip the end off and take the buns out of the oven. Pipe the crosses on top and bake in oven for a further 5 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, take out, leave to cool and toast away!

Hope everyone had a good Easter weekend!

Lizzie X


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