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Chilli Chocolate Hot Cross Buns



  • 2 x 8g sachets of yeast
  • 1 ¼ cup (310ml) milk, warmed ( not hot )
  • ¼ cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 4 cups (600g) plain flour
  • 2 tsp  chilli powder or flakes
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp freshly ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground salt
  • 60g unsalted butter, melted
  • 11/2 cups (250g) dark or milk chocolate bits or 3/4 cup fruit & 3/4 cup choc bits.
  • 2 x 60g eggs
  • 1/3 cup (50g) self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup apricot jam for brushing


  • Whisk yeast, milk, caster sugar until the sugar dissolves. Set aside for 10 minutes. Sift plain flour, chilli,  mixed spice, cardamom, salt into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in butter.

  • Stir in chocolate bits, eggs and yeast mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Put in large greased bowl. Cover and leave in warm spot ¾ hour. Turn dough onto a floured surface, punch down, and cut dough into 20 pieces, knead each piece until smooth balls.


     Place balls into 30cm x 20cm greased tray. Set aside for ¼ hour.

     Meanwhile, preheat oven for 200ºC, combine S.R flour with ½ cup water to make a smooth paste. Pour past into a zip lock bag, snip top and pipe crosses onto each buns.

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Bake buns for 20 minutes or until golden and the buns sound hollow when tapped.

          Hot cross buns 2

While buns are still hot brush the tops with apricot jam.

Eat warm for best results.

Enjoy 🙂


Thankyou Anzac Buscuits

Thankyou anzac busuits



2 1/2 cups of Thankyou Fig & Pear Clusters

1/2 cup of plain flour

1/2 cup dried cranberries ( to represent the poppies)

100g Melted butter

1/3 cup Golden syrup

1 egg lightly beaten


crushing clusters

Pouring golden syrupBuscuits on the tray


1.Crush the clusters in a bag and add to a large bowl.

2. Mix in the plain flour and cranberries to the clusters.

3. Melt the butter in a small pan add the golden syrup.

4. Add the beaten egg to the bowl mix well then pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture.

5. Mix well and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.


6. Roll into 1 heaped tablespoon balls and flatten.

7. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

8. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes at 170 degrees  until lightly golden.

Enjoy 🙂

Buscuits on plate





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