Mindy Belle

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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 🙂


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