Easter filled with Chai Hot Cross Buns

Chai hot cross bunsFor many, Easter times comes with many traditions.
Easter egg hunts (which might I say I am still keen as a bean to do every Easter morning!), eating fish on Good Friday or maybe even, like for us… Hot Cross Buns! Making that annual appearance and filling the house with that well loved spiced doughy aroma, then slathering in butter up and biting into that Easter favourite.
Now, with my not so recent obsession with all things chai I thought Hot Cross Buns was the perfect opportunity to give it a friendly shake up! And serving with honey is the perfect complement to those beloved chai spices.chai hot cross buns

So here we go! Get excited my friends!



1 tablespoon dried yeast
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cup warm milk
4 cups of bread flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
2 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
60g butter
1 egg
3/4 cup sultanas

Flour paste for crosses:
1/2 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons milk

To serve:
butter & honey

1. Combine yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl, stir to combine, cover, and stand in a warm place for around 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy
2. In the meantime, sift the flour and spices into a large bowl
(if you love those chai flavors don’t be afraid to heap those teaspoons! the level of flavour is all up to you!)chai spices3. Make a well in the centre and pour in melted butter, yeast mixture, egg, and sultanas   and mix into a soft sticky dough. Cover and stand for around 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in bulkchai hot cross bun dough4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and springs back when pushedchai hot cross bun dough
5. Divide into 16 even sized balls and place in a high sided tin. Cover and stand in a warm place for around 30 min or until the dough has doubled in bulk againchai hot cross bun dough

6. Meanwhile, for the crosses, fill a piping bag with a small plain tube, with combined the flour and sugar. Preheat the oven to 200C. When the dough has doubled, pipe across the buns to form crosses.piping crosses on chai hot cross buns

7. Bake the chai hot cross buns in the oven for 20 minutes or until well browned. Whilst in the oven, for the glaze, combine the sugar and milk and heat at intervals in the microwave, stirring, until thick and syrupy. Brush the buns with the glaze right after they come out of the oven, remove from tray and leave to cool on wire rack – orrrrr enjoy these easter goodies fresh out of the oven with a slab of butter and honey!

chai hot cross buns chai hot cross buns
Happy Easter!

Have a wonderful weekend! (and have an easter egg hunt…. for my sake 😛 ) and eat lots of chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!



30 thoughts on “Easter filled with Chai Hot Cross Buns

    • thank-you! 😀 yeah – it has only been the past few years we have home-made them and no regrets! 🙂
      Happy Easter!

    • thank-you very much! 🙂
      you can easily alter the amount of spices you put in depending on the level of chai flavour you like! 😀

    • thank-you! 🙂
      and couldn’t agree with you more! hot cross buns are so good – could eat them alllll year round 🙂

    • thanks so much Uru! 😀
      means a lot!
      basically what i have found what has helped with photos is having a nice plain background and taking photos with nice daylight as well as props e.g. spoons 🙂
      happy easter my friend!

    • thank-you very much! 😀
      i was just like one morning: “yes! what better than to add chai flavours to hot cross buns – its everything good in one!” 😛

    • thank-you!! 🙂
      i know – easter time flys by 😦 although now we get to be creative with other chai inspired food – woo!! – i’ve heard chai ice-cream is meant to be amazing!

    • thank-you! 😀
      as i chai lover im just trying to slip those delicious flavors into anything 😛
      let me know how it goes! 🙂

    • thank-you! 🙂
      there’s not much to it- just a bit of patience as always with bread and a whole lot of fun 😛
      let me know how it goes! 😀

    • thank-you! 🙂
      that’s another fab thing about hot cross buns – you can have them breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dessert – even dinner if you want! 😛

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