Nutella and Chocolate Chip Hot Cross buns

Nutella Hot Cross Buns

Did you know that 76% of people eat the ears of a chocolate rabbit first? I have to be honest I don’t know if that little fun fact doing the rounds on the internet is true or false but it would be a pretty tasty survey to partake in.

I hope you all had a happy and safe Easter weekend!

Nutella Hot Cross Buns



  • 250gm bakers flour (strong flour)
  • 30gm sugar
  • 8gm dry yeast
  • 20gm butter
  • 140ml water (approx.)
  • 3gm salt
  • 50gm dark chocolate chips
  • 50gm Nutella
  • ½ tsp all spice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp dried ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg.

Flour Paste for Crosses:

  • 75gm plain flour
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 80ml water (approx.).


Put flour, sugar, yeast, butter and spices into a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, with a paddle attachment, mix on a low speed until there are no lumps of butter left and the consistency is like breadcrumbs.

Change attachment to the dough hook. Add water and mix on a medium speed until dough has come together and is smooth. Add salt and mix on medium high for approx 5 minutes. Dough should be firm and smooth.

Place dough on a lightly floured bench and add in the chocolate chips and Nutella. Knead until the chocolate chips and Nutella are evenly mixed in.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Tip: Keep the oiled plastic wrap, as you can reuse it later in the process.

Rest dough in a warm place for approximately 30 minutes.

Punch down dough, knead, then cut dough and shape into 10 balls. Cover the balls with lightly oiled plastic wrap. Rest dough for 5 minutes.

Reshape balls and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Leave a space between each ball, to allow them to double in size. Cover with oiled plastic wrap.

Rest dough for approximately 1 hour, in a warm place, until balls have risen and doubled in size.

Just before buns are ready to go in the oven, make the flour paste for the crosses by whisking together flour, sugar and water. The paste should be firm enough to pipe.

Remove plastic wrap from buns.

Pipe crosses on dough.

Bake at 200°C for approx 15-18 minutes.

Remove buns from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Nutella Hot Cross Buns

7 thoughts on “Nutella and Chocolate Chip Hot Cross buns

  1. David

    Gorgeous hot cross buns! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

    I am not sure how I eat a bunny… I need to buy one (now on sale!) and do some scientific testing.

  2. Margot @ Gather and Graze

    Ears first… absolutely! Funny but I wouldn’t even consider biting into any other body part first. 🙂 These hot cross buns sound fabulous Karen. How can you go wrong with a good dollop of Nutella and a scattering of chocolate chips!?


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