Chocolate chip and orange hot cross buns

Celebrating @connachtgold hot cross bun day today!
The annual treat which happens every year the Thursday before Easter.

This year I made chocolate chip and orange hot cross buns, serve warm with butter.


  • 240ml Connacht Gold milk

  • 50g Connacht Gold pure Irish butter , chopped, plus extra for greasing

  • 3 tbsp marmalade

  • 450g strong white bread flour

  • 100g plain flour

  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 80g raisins

  • 1tsp salt

  • 50g chopped dark chocolate , 50g chopped Terrys chocolate orange .

  • 1 large egg , beaten


Heat milk in pan, add butter and leave to side.

Sieve all flours and cinnamon into bowl, add salt and yeast separately, add raisins, chocolate chips and stir.

Add egg to milk mixture.

Make a well in centre and add liquid and 2good tablespoons of marmalade.

Bring together.

Knead in floured surface.

Add to oiled bowl.

Cover with tea towel and leave to double in size for 2 hours.

Turn out and knock the dough back and divide into ten balls.

Knead and shape in buns.

Place in greased tray and allow to rise for 40 minutes.

Make the dough paste for crosses by mixing 75g flour with water. Add to sandwich bag and snip corner and place on.

Place in preheated oven at 190C for approx 20-25 minutes.

Glaze with melted marmalade or golden syrup.

Serve warm with Connacht Gold butter.


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