Sourdough Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

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My Favorite Festive Food – Chocolate & Hot Cross Buns

Easter is my second favorite festival of the year when I grew up. Every Easter, I got to eat all the chocolates I want. Given that my parents rarely buy chocolates for me unless it’s for special occasion, Easter is always like a dream-comes-true holiday for me. Apart from all the Easter chocolates, hot cross buns are another favorite festive treat of mine. I remembered my parents used to buy me those packaged hot cross buns from Marks & Spencer. And I really look forward to having those of breakfast during Easter holiday. As Easter is coming soon and after last week’s Easter bunny rolls creation, I figured why not combining 2 of my favorite festive food into one and make them using sourdough? Hence, I present you the perfect Sourdough Chocolate Hot Cross Buns. These buns have a brioche like texture with a hint of orange, cinnamon and allspice. Tastewise, they are super buttery and chocolate-ly, definitely the best Easter treat to make!

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Yudane Method

These sourdough chocolate hot cross buns have a brioche-like texture thanks to the use of Yudane. As I learned more about sourdough baking over the past year, I came across the Yudane Method. Yudane method is the secret to make a soft and fluffy brioche type bread. In order to bake using this method, you simply mix an equal portion of flour and boiling water. The effect of adding boiling water to flour is that it gelatinises the starch. The gelatinised starch will allow the starch to absorb more water, and thus enhancing the sweetness of the bread.

Yudane method is in fact similar to the Tangzhong method I used in my sourdough shokupan recipe. Unlike the 1:1 flour-to-water ratio in Yudane method, the Tangzhong mixture is made by heating up a mixture of flour and water in the ratio of 1:5 to 65°C. And this time, I use 50% whole wheat and 50% white bread flour in the Yudane.

Ancient Grains In Sweet Dough

For almost every sourdough I bake, I will usually add 10-30% of ancient grains in my recipes. And spelt is my recent favorite grains to use. 🌾 Some people might be reluctant to use whole grain flour in sweet bread, as whole grain bread are usually tough and dry. Fortunately, as I use both Yudane and sourdough in this recipe, these sourdough hot cross buns are not only moist and fluffy, but it also has a hint of nuttiness and earthy flavor. Spelt flour provided a more varied and complex flavor profile, hence greatly improved the depth of flavor of these buns.

Love Spelt? Take a look at my other recipes using spelt flour.

Sourdough Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Recipe by Angie @ The Floral VeganCourse: Baked Goods, Bread, Festive, Sourdough


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This recipe makes 12 hot cross buns in a 10″ x 9″ baking pan.



  • The night before (8pm)
  • Build your levain by mixing all ingredients in a clean glass jar. Leave it to rise at room temperature until peak. Mine took around 12 hours at 25°C or 77°F.
  • Mix 45g whole wheat flour and 45g bread flour with 90g boiling water in a bowl. Set it aside and let it cool completely. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge until the next morning.
  • Soak raisins in 1 cup of water for at least an hour or until soft and plump. Drain and store it in the fridge for later use.
  • Next Morning (8am)
  • Melt 40g of dark chocolate in 32g of soy milk. Set aside to cool for a bit.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix spelt flour, stiff levain, yudane and soy milk at low speed until everything is incorporated.
  • Add salt and sugar. Knead for about 5 minutes until the dough comes together and forms a dough ball.
  • Gradually add in vegan butter followed by chocolate paste and continue knead for 10 – 15 more minutes or until reach window pane stage. 
  • Add cinnamon and allspice to the soaked raisins and mix well. Add the mixture, together with orange zest, to the dough. Mix at low speed for 1 minute until the raisins are evenly distributed.
  • Cover and let it rest for an hour at room temperature.
  • Place the dough into the freezer for 15-30 mins for easier shaping (optional).
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions (about 76g each). Shape each portion into a bun and place them into a lined baking tray.
  • Cover and let it rise for 3-5 hours until they are puffy and almost doubled in size.
  • Preheat oven at 350°F (175°C). Brush the buns with egg wash.
  • Mix the ingredients of the cross paste. Pipe the cross to the buns.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, brush with more “egg” wash. Then bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Let the buns cool completely before serving and enjoy! 🐰

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  1. Marty
    March 23, 2021

    Can I make them not chocolate? Use more milk instead of chocolate then or how? Thanks

    • Angie
      March 23, 2021

      Yes, you can make it without the chocolate paste 😊

      • Marty
        March 23, 2021

        Do I use more milk instead or just leave the chocolate and soya milk paste out completely?

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