White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns – Easter Tradition with a Twist

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Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny, Hot cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons…

I love, love, love me some hot cross buns. Waking up on Easter morning, running into the kitchen to see Hot Cross Buns in the oven was life altering. Something so simple and easy yet so irresistibly good – how could they not change lives?!

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Of course we always had them on Good Friday, but us kids didn’t really understand what that was. But boy, when we got tucked in and told we were having Hot Cross Buns in the morning it was like Christmas Eve.

You remember that anticipation that kept you from closing your eyes for more than a few minutes at  a time.

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I love that my son gets to embrace this tradition today, and I imagine he’ll share it with his children too. Or at least marry someone who will. Everyone has their own way of making hot cross buns, and I’ve added a little twist to mine. My mom used to use raisins  her mom used currants, I use white chocolate chips. Don’t judge me, they’re soo good!

white chocolate I make my Hot Cross Buns pretty big, but we like ’em big. Truth be told, they would probably bake better if they were smaller. We’ve never had enough leftovers to need to freeze them, but I imagine they would keep for a couple days at least. What do you think?

How do you like your Hot Cross Buns?

White Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Author: Amber
Ingredients
  • 5 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm (not hot) milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg beaten
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or stick with cinnamon if you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, plus 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Pour 1/2 cup of the warm milk into a small bowl. Add the yeast and allow it to bloom for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the honey, 2 eggs, butter, pumpkin pie mix, salt and white chocolate chips. Mix in the flour, slowly. While mixing, carefully add the 1 cup of milk.
  3. Once the mixture is dough like, dump it onto a counter and knead 4 times. If it’s too sticky add a little flour to smooth it out. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size; about 20 minutes.
  4. Lightly flour your work surface and place the dough on it. Pull off pieces about the size of a baseball (or your preferred size) and make them into balls. Place the balls on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue until all the dough is used. Cover again with plastic wrap and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. I like to sit my buns on the oven to rise while it’s preheating. This take between 10 and 15 minutes.
  5. Uncover the buns and cut crosses into the tops. Brush the tops with the beaten egg and bake for 20 minutes or until browned.
  6. To ice the tops I melted 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips and piped the crosses on with that. Yummy!

 

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Was on the hunt for a new recipe and….found it. I know dottie will love this one!! Pinning!

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Esther Irish (@LaughWithUsBlog) - March 26, 2013

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Denise... On A Whim - March 27, 2013

These look great. Can’t wait to try them! Glad you shared at Someday Crafts 🙂

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Julia - March 27, 2013

Hi! You were the link before me on Someday Crafts link party! I just wanted to stop by and say hi! What a fun Easter recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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Rebecca - March 27, 2013

Oh wow! This looks brilliant! I am cooking hot cross buns this weekend and love the idea of white chocolate!

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Christie - Food Done Light - March 28, 2013

Love the addition of white chocolate in your hot cross buns. The pumpkins pie spice is a nice addition too. Saw these on Miz. Helen.

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bj - March 28, 2013

These are just beautiful and I am going to make some for our Easter brunch.
Over from Miz Helens

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Rattlebridge Farm - March 28, 2013

Looks delicious. Love the addition of white chocolate. So happy you added this recipe to Foodie Friday. Have a wonderful Easter.

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Abby - March 28, 2013

After you linked up right before me at a several linky parties, I figured I better check out this hot cross buns recipe. I have to say I’ve never had them before, but these look delicious and totally doable! I’m pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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Nici - March 28, 2013

These look amazing! I’ve never made Hot Cross Buns before, because I always do the Resurrection Buns. One of these days I will have to break our tradition and make these. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful Easter.
Blessings,
Nici

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Miz Helen - March 29, 2013

Hi Amber,
The addition of chocolate will make any recipe better, this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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madge | the vegetarian casserole queen - March 31, 2013

The white chocolate chips are a great change up from the dried fruit. My Easter food plans are set for today, but I’ve pinned this to try next year!

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[email protected] - March 31, 2013

Those sound so delicious and your pictures are amazing! Thanks for partying with us at Time To Sparkle!

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Ashley @ Simply Designing - April 1, 2013

These look delicious!! Thanks so much for linking them up!

I just wanted to let you know that we featured you on our blog today!

Ashley
http://www.simplydesigning.net

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Katie - September 22, 2013

Oh my – those look amazing! The white chocolate totally sealed the deal for me!

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