Nielsen-Massey Vanilla & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Get yourself in the mood for Easter with this delicious recipe for Vanilla and Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Note: These are also perfect for freezing.

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla & Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
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Serves: 12
  • 500g white bread mix
  • 50g butter, softened and cut into pieces
  • 100g Billington's Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 50g sultanas
  • 50g chopped mixed peel
  • 250g dates, chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly whisked
  • 250ml warm whole milk
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Plain flour, for dusting
  • 3 tbsp plain flour (we use Allinsons)
  • 75g Billington's Golden Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  1. Empty the bread mix flour into a large mixing bowl, add the butter and rub together with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, spices, mixed peel and dried fruit.
  2. Make a deep well in the centre, then pour in the beaten egg, milk and vanilla bean paste. Add the chocolate and start by using a wooden spoon to mix, then follow with your hands until a dough consistency is formed.
  3. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes on a lightly floured surface, adding a little more flour if it becomes too sticky.
  4. Cut the dough into 12 equal parts and place in a 20cm x 20cm greased tin lined with baking paper.
  5. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside in a warm place for at least two hours, or until springy to the touch and doubled in size.
  6. Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas 7. To make the crosses, form a paste with the flour and 3 tablespoons of water, then transfer to a piping bag and pipe a cross on top of each bun. Bake the buns for 25-30 minutes.
  7. To make the glaze, gently warm the sugar and orange juice together in a small pan until all the sugar has dissolved. Transfer the buns on to a wire rack and brush over the glaze whilst they are still warm. Leave to cool.


Recipe Courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas,

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