Hot Cross Buns {Sourdough Surprises}

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Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Happy Easter everyone! I know I just made a post about hot cross buns, but this is the sourdough version I made for Sourdough Surprises. I wanted to make these traditional, so I used a sweet spice mix (one that I recently got, that smells sooo good). But when the time to add the raisins came, I thought, seriously, why use raisins when you can use chocolate? So chocolate it was.

I would have used chips, but I thought I didn’t have any. When I actually checked it turned out I did have chips, but these were so good with chunks, so it was a happy mistake.

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

I shaped the buns and let them rise overnight, to bake them for breakfast. We had them warm while we were making our chocolate eggs, and they were so good. The eggs, on the other hand, can still use some work…

Also, next time I would make the crosses bigger, since I thought they were a little thin. And I forgot to do an egg wash, although they still turned out a pretty nice golden hue.

Other than that, these were a great new addition to my sourdough repertoire! Scroll down to see the recipe and the buns made by my fellow sourdough bakers :)

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

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Sourdough Hot Cross Buns (with chocolate chips)

Recipe by Sabor Pastel
Yield: 8 medium-large buns

For the dough:

1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp sweet mixed spice
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sourdough starter
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
50 g / 2 oz butter, softened
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or chunks)

For the crosses:

2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp water

1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, spices, and salt.
2. Add the sourdough starter, egg, and milk, and mix until a dough is formed.
3. Add the butter and knead until smooth. Form the dough into a ball and let it rest, covered, until doubled in size.
4. Punch down the dough and knead in the chocolate chips.
5. Divide the dough into 8 portions, roll each portion into a ball, and place on a baking sheet that has been covered in non-stick spray. Cover and let rise until doubled in size.
6. To make the crosses, mix the flour, powdered sugar and water. Fill a piping bag with this paste, cut off the end of the bag and draw lines over the raised buns.
7. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF, and bake the buns for 15 minutes.

31 thoughts on “Hot Cross Buns {Sourdough Surprises}

    • Thank you! I’m sure cranberries already strike more interest than raisins, but a little chocolate in the mix probably wouldn’t hurt :)

  1. Hi! I popped over from the In and Out of the Kitchen link party to check out your recipe because my daughter learned about hot cross buns the week before last in school and since then I’ve been checking out interesting recipes for them whenever I run into them. This one sure looks both yummy and unique. I would love it if you would swing by my The Yuck Stops Here link party to share your awesome recipe as well! You can find us at and this week’s party will be open until Saturday evening at 8 pm ET. Next week we’ll open the party on Tuesday evening at 8pm ET. If you can’t make it this week, I hope to see you then! HUGS

  2. I’d love to make sourdough. These bunds look delicious and I can imagine they are even more delicious hot from the oven, yum!! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

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