Chai Hot Cross Buns

March 25, 2015

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If you’re a hot cross bun purist, look away now. However, I suspect you’ve been looking away for quite some time because the buns have been on the the shelf since JANUARY. Seriously. What’s with that? 

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This year, I initially considered making a hot cross loaf. I thought it was pure genius, but the traditionalist in me didn’t like it. Just like it doesn’t like that Paul McCartney is making music with Kanye. So I pulled back and I’m sticking to the buns. Only Chai Hot Cross Buns. Are you hot cross bun purists forgiving me yet? 

These spicy buns are a little bit fancy and a delicious twist on a regular hot cross bun. I made this pear and chocolate version for last year and let me tell you, they are freaking yum too. Make them both?

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 So, Hot cross bun traditionalist or rebel? Tell me your favourite flavour!


Chai Hot Cross Buns
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  1. 600 grams of plain flour
  2. 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons of cardamom
  4. 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  5. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  6. 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  7. 1/3 cup sultanas
  8. 1/3 cup currants
  9. 375 ml of full cream milk
  10. 50 grams of butter
  11. 1 egg
  12. extra flour, for dusting
  1. 1/2 cup of plain flour
  2. 1/3 cup of water
  1. 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  1. Put the milk on to heat to about blood temperature (you will feel no change in temperature when you put your finger in it).
  2. Add the milk into a small bowl, add half the sugar and the yeast. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter. Set Aside.
  4. Combine the flour, rest of the sugar, spices and dried fruit in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  5. Using the dough hook attachment, begin to mix the flour mixture, gradually adding the butter and then the egg.
  6. Add the milky yeast mixture and knead on a medium setting for about 6 minutes
  7. Allow the dough to rise for an hour.
  8. Knock the dough back. You could refrigerate after this stage and continue then next day.
  9. Divide the dough into 16 equal portions and roll each of them into balls
  10. Place the buns onto a lined tray, nice and close together.
  11. Allow to rise for about 20 minutes.
  12. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  13. Meanwhile combine the extra flour and water to form a paste and place in a piping bag.
  14. Pipe the risen buns with a cross and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
  15. While the buns are in the oven, make the glaze by heating the sugar and water in a saucepan until slightly thick.
  16. Brush the buns with the glaze while they’re still hot.
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9 thoughts on “Chai Hot Cross Buns

  1. Annie

    To be completely honest…I like flavored hot cross buns way better than the traditional kind. There was an Earl Grey flavor that I tried a few years ago that I really loved so I can’t wait to try this one. Maybe Easter will be like a smorgasbord of hot cross bun flavors…

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    Now that’s what I call Hot Cross Yum! I think Hot Cross Buns were made to be “adapted.” As long as they have a cross on, they’re “pure” enough for me. Hubster hates dried fruit of any kind, so the more varied the better! I’ve never made a Hot Cross Bun, can you believe it? I might have to pop my Hot Cross Bun cherry with your pear and chocolate version!

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