Baking| Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns … Happy Easter

  “Happy Easter. May happy thoughts and springtime flowers brighten all your Easter hours.”
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Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsSo what are you making for Easter Mr PAB asked, referring to the ever ‘hungry’ blog! Moi? I had no plans but he talked me into some. Having studied in convents all my life, I’ve been charmed by hot cross buns for long, long, but never baked a batch. Maybe this was the time! Soon enough,  the sweet aroma of Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns wafted gently through the house!Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns

A hot cross bun is a sweet, spiced bun made with currants or raisins and marked with a cross on the top, traditionally eaten on Good Friday. In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. Sharing a hot cross bun with another is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time. Because of the cross on the buns, some say they should be kissed before being eaten.

Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsMy version is non traditional yet quite delicious! I bookmarked a few recipes including one in my Thermomix cookbook, but eventually went for an oft used basic recipe. It’s the one I adapted for Apple Cranberry Almond Olive Oil Pull-Apart Loaf & Popovers from The Pioneer Woman, a ‘light as air’ flavourful dough, one that can take a stuffing, and is quite a fun dough to play with!Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns

Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsStuffing? Yes indeed! I had a small idea creeping into my head as I had strawberries calling to be roasted yet again. I wanted to try adding a small ‘heart‘ of that roasted goodness into my hot cross buns. I cooked the syrup to a thick reduction to ensure the filling stayed ‘stuffed’ in! Also, instead of traditional currants I opted for chocolate chips.Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns

Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsThe recipe never fails. For the ‘cross’ on top I piped some thick stirred plain flour and water. The buns were delicious and disappeared pretty soon. The red heart of roasted balsamic strawberries was a nice surprise as you bit through the bread flooding your palette with flavour and balsamic sweetness. It paired well, as does the chocolate, with an otherwise not too sweet bread.Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsButtermilk keeps the dough light, and the vanilla bean adds gentle, beautiful flavour. If I had placed the buns apart on a large baking sheet I’d have managed individual hot cross buns, but since I used a smaller baking pan, they rose into each other and resulted in a pull apart bread. No regrets however!!Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsI like this dough recipe, and keep simplifying it as I use it more and more. The basic dough is eggless, butter free and light. Yeast, soda and baking powder combine to make sure it rises well. Its versatile too as I’ve used it in Savoury Chili Cheese & Garlic Olive Oil Pull-Apart Bread some time ago. More recently it popped up on PAB as the base of Sweet Orange, Roasted Strawberry and Chocolate Buttermilk Rolls.Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip BunsIt’s one those recipes you can keep returning to, experiment with and enjoy in different avatars. I might try using the dough for a slow overnight rise sometime soon. So many ideas to keep the hungry PAB and kids happy, but often the lack of time!Hot Cross Strawberry Chocolate Chip Buns

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. They look beautiful and delicate! I’ve never baked hot cross buns before but I’ll give it a try with your recipe!
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  2. This is a new one for me-hot cross buns filled with strawberries, perfect!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!
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  3. Just irresistible!

    Happy Easter!



  4. Nice combination!!!
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  5. I am reading this post in the evening where lunch was a long time back and dinner is some time away… and these buns looks beyond scrumptious… that filling is calling out to me!!! gosh.. am soo hungry!!
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  6. Oh dear I really love this like always and would love to make dont matter the time LOL
    Happy Easter my dear Deeba! Love yah!
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  7. Happy easter to you and your lovely family Deeba. I thought of making hot cross buns but decided to go on a hike instead.
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  8. manjeet says:

    I had been thinking about these hot cross buns ever since I saw them on Pioneer Woman’s site but you pushed me over the edge 😉 and I made these today ! They were a bit dense for my hubby’s liking but I guess that is because they got left in the oven longer than they were supposed to…I made brown sugar and choco-chips though…no fruit lovers in my family :(
    Still , keep baking and nudging others to follow suit..:) Kudos..

  9. they look awesome Deeba, remind me of the poem
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  10. These look so good, would love to be on the receivnig end of the pink gift package….!!!
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  12. Prefect looking cute buns..
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  13. Melissa says:

    I have never tried this recipe before… Thank you for sharing. I will surely try this on this coming weekend… Happy Easter everyone…
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  14. Jazmine says:

    I want to try this kind of recipe..I love bread…Perfect gift of package..Thank you for sharing..

  15. Seriously? You not bake for a holiday? You not bake? Ha! Both I and Mr. PAB know you better than that! And , Deeba, darling, you never stop working wonders with strawberries! The buns are gorgeous, as usual, but I love the special surprise of the strawberry center. Just fabulous! xoxo
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  16. I’ve never made them before, but they look delicious with the strawberry filling… and that basket it’s so lovely!
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  17. Rowella Smith says:

    I feel so hungry right now. Strawberries are quite expensive in our place. How much is one basket of strawberries there? Thanks for sharing your baking and cooking experiences.


  18. I’ve made them before but I love your twist using strawberries. Delicious pictures!
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  19. Leanne says:

    Yummy delicious, I think I need to prepare also like this, in order that my little children will happy for this new taste…
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  20. Scot207 says:

    This is really delicious, how I wish I can do it also… My children will surely love this delicious chocolate chip….

  21. As a baker, I am always looking for new items to try. These look fabulous!
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