Chocolate Orange Hot Cross buns – Willey’s Weekly Bake 135



I am getting fully into the easter sprit this week. Trying to juggle everything these last couple of weeks has been crazy and I don’t think that’s going to stop until I hand in my dissertation! I love baking and it relaxes me and its my time away from uni work so I don’t think I’ll stop for uni work but they might just be quite simple things from now until Mid-June anyway. These are based off my favourite hot cross buns from Waitrose, I love them so much so wanted to re-create them but at least make them a little healthier – although I do still toast them and then cover in butter!


  • 12g Dried Yeast
  • 675g Strong White bread flour
  • 6g Mixed Spice
  • 8g Salt
  • 80g Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 175ml of warm milk
  • 95ml of water
  • 120g Dark chocolate
  • 60g Mixed Peel
  • Zest of 3 oranges
  • Juice of 1 Orange
  • 100g extra of Strong white bread flour for the cross.


  1. Start by adding all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, you can do this by hand but a mixer with a dough hook is easier. Add the butter, egg, milk and water. 7CE8B499-7721-4887-9CE2-369AC8517D53
  2. Mix together on a low speed until the dough comes together.
  3. Turn the mixture up on a faster speed for 5-10 minutes until have a soft dough. (This will take longer is kneading by hand). 3BE00BF4-5D8B-4C34-8776-BD1C9C9E901D
  4. Once mixed add in the dark chocolate (Chopped), mixed peel and orange zest until fully incorporated. 4EFE0BD1-941C-450B-A3B0-302BF53915D9
  5. Cover the bowl and leave to rise until double in size (Will take 30 mins to an hour).
  6. In a high sided tin, line with parchment and shape the dough into 16 equal size pieces and roll into balls.
  7. Place the balls evenly into the tin and leave to rise until doubled in size (This should take about an hour).46F910F3-A74F-4435-83BF-6A03DD0645A3
  8. Pipe crosses over the buns by creating a paste with the extra 100g of strong white bread flour and a little water. 7C7B25FA-B97B-4B1C-A13B-59EB3F046876
  9. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  10. Bake the buns in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. AE86AF7C-FBE0-48C0-85C6-70D3C5D92BE5
  11. Immediately after removing from the oven pour and brush the buns with the orange juice.


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