Edd Kimber's recipe for Spiced Chocolate and Orange Hot Cross Buns

Published Thursday, Apr 10 2014, 18:04 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
We love this modern twist on traditional hot cross buns, which swaps raisins for spiced chocolate and fruity orange!

Edd Kimber, winner of the first Great British Bake Off, created this yummy recipe for budding bakers. Make these delicious treats for the upcoming Easter weekend – they're bound to impress…

Orange and chocolate hot cross buns

© Stork


  • 225g (8 oz) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 25g (1 oz) Stork block
  • 7g sachet fast action dried yeast
  • 40g (1½ oz) sugar
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 55g (2 oz) milk chocolate, chopped
  • 55g (2 oz) dried apricots, chopped
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 level teaspoon mixed spice
  • 150ml (¼ pint) semi skimmed milk
  • For the crosses:
  • 25g (1 oz) Stork tub
  • 55g (2 oz) plain flour
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice


1 Sieve the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the yeast, sugar, cocoa, spice and orange zest.

2 Warm the milk to 37C or lukewarm, pour in the flour mixture and mix to a soft dough.

3 Turn out onto a floured surface and knead dough until elastic and no longer sticky. Cover with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size.

4 Once doubled, knead in the chocolate and apricots and shape into 8-9 rolls and place them on a greased baking sheet. Cover this with lightly oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 45 minutes.

5 To make the crosses, blend the margarine with the flour and 4 tablespoons of water. Gently remove the clingfilm from the buns and pipe the mixture into a cross on top of each.

6 Bake in a preheated oven at 210c/190c/gas 7 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

7 To make the glaze, gently warm the sugar and orange juice until dissolved. Brush over the hot buns, return to the oven and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Nutrition Information

Makes 8

More yummy Easter treats to make:
Sweet Scotch Creme Eggs
Shortbread Easter Chicks & Bunnies
Salmon & Spicy Potato Bake
Pretty Easter Chocolate Cupcakes