Cranberry and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Packed with sweet chocolate chunks and tart cranberries, you'll never go back to plain hot cross buns once you've tried one of these buns!

Brought to you by Dr. Oetker

These are hot cross buns like you've never seen them before! Packed with sweet chocolate chunks, which are complemented by the tart, juicy cranberries, you'll never go back to hot cross buns with raisins in again once you've tried one of Dr. Oetker's cranberry and chocolate hot cross buns!

Cranberry and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Serves: makes 10Preparation time: 40 minutes plus rising, proving and cooling | Cooking time: 23minutes including melting chocolate Ingredients 

  • 250g (9oz) White bread flour + extra for dusting
  • 7g sachet Fast-acting dried yeast
  • 25g (1oz) Caster sugar
  • 5g (1 tsp) Dr. Oetker Madagascan Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 125ml (4 ½ fl.oz) Whole milk, warm
  • 50g (2oz) Lightly salted butter, melted
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • 100g Dr. Oetker Milk Chocolate Chunks
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) Dried cranberries

To decorate:

Content continues after advertisements
  • 40ml (8 tsp) Whole milk
  • 50g (2oz) Caster sugar
  • 50g (2oz) Dr. Oetker Fine Cooks’ White Chocolate
  • 1 tube Dr. Oetker Hot Pink Gel Food Colour


  1. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Mix the flour, dried yeast and caster sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour half the milk in the centre of the well and add the Vanilla Paste. Add the melted butter and all but 15ml (1tbsp) of the beaten egg. Gently mix into the flour using a wooden spoon to form a smooth paste in the middle. Stir in the Chocolate Chunks and cranberries.
  1. Gradually pour and mix in the remaining milk, stirring to form a slightly sticky, moist dough in the centre of the bowl.
  1. Turn the dough on to the work surface. Knead until the dough is silky smooth and elastic, and the dough no longer sticks to the work surface; this will take about 10 minutes. Only use flour to dust the work surface or your hands if the mixture is very sticky - the longer you work the dough the less sticky it will become.
  1. Put the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, big enough to allow room for the dough to double in size. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rise at a cool room temperature, out of draughts, for about 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  1. Once the dough has risen, push the dough with your knuckles to deflate it and turn it on to a lightly floured work surface. Form the dough into a ball and let it rest for 5 minutes on the work surface.
  1. Divide into 10 equal portions and form into balls. Place spaced a little apart on the baking tray. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for about 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C (200˚C fan assisted oven, 425˚F, gas mark 7). Brush the reserved egg all over the buns. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and they sound hollow when tapped.
  1. Meanwhile, prepare the decoration. Put the milk in a saucepan with the caster sugar. Heat gently, stirring until dissolved, then bring to the boil and simmer for 1 minute until syrupy. Once the buns are cooked, brush them generously all over with the sugary milk glaze. Transfer the buns to a wire rack to cool.
  1. Break up the White Chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water; leave to melt. Remove the chocolate from the water, add 15 drops Hot Pink Gel Food Colour and mix in quickly. Spoon into a small uncut piping bag. Snip off the end and pipe a thick pink chocolate cross on top of each bun. Leave the chocolate to set for a few minutes. Your hot cross buns are now ready to serve and enjoy.

TIP: When colouring white chocolate, make sure the chocolate is hot and mix the Gel into it quickly otherwise the mixture will thicken and become difficult to work with. These buns are delicious eaten on the same day as baking, split and spread with butter. They will keep for a couple of days if stored in an airtight container. If you want to serve the buns warm or toasted, omit the piped chocolate cross otherwise this will melt during warming or toasting.

More in Buns & Rolls

More in Bread & Dough Recipes

Click here to sign up to our newsletters!

Click here to sign up to our newsletters!