White chocolate and cranberry buns

These beautifully glossy buns are studded with sweet white chocolate bits and tart cranberries to create a lovely morning or afternoon treat. They use the same basic mix for hot cross buns, making a great alternative for Easter treats.

  • 1 hr preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • 2 hrs 10 mins marinating
  • Makes 20
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White chocolate and cranberry buns
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon (50g) honey
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon oil (grapeseed or vegetable)
  • 50 gram butter, chopped
  • 1 cup (250ml) apple or pear juice, at room temperature
  • 7 gram sachet dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (130g) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (190g) white chocolate bits, chilled
  • 5 1/3 cup (800g) bread flour
  • 2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 50 gram white chocolate, melted


White chocolate and cranberry buns
  • 1
    Place the milk in a small saucepan; bring to the boil, then remove from heat and add the honey, oil and butter. Stir until butter has melted.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, whisk the juice and yeast until dissolved. Whisk in the egg, until combined. Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate bits.
  • 3
    Sift the flour, spice and salt together, then add to the milk mixture. Using your hand, mix everything together until well combined. Cover the bowl and stand for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Lightly knead the dough for 10 seconds on a lightly oiled surface, then return it to the bowl. Stand for 1 hour or until risen by half.
  • 5
    Divide the dough into 20 portions (about 80 grams each). Shape each portion into a ball. Place balls, almost touching, in a circular pattern on a greased or lined round pizza tray or large oven tray. Stand in a warm place for about 40 minutes or until dough is almost doubled in size.
  • 6
    Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  • 7
    Brush the buns with the beaten egg and bake for about 20 minutes or until buns sound hollow when tapped.
  • 8
    Transfer the buns to a wire rack. When buns are completely cold, drizzle with the melted white chocolate.


Suitable to freeze. Not suitable 
to microwave.

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