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Dulche De Leche & Chestnut Puree Hot Cross Buns | Recipe

March 23, 2016

So it wouldn’t be right for Easter to come and go without me sharing an Easter recipe. Here’s a very special recipe though, Dulche De Leche and Chestnut Puree Hot Cross Buns. It’s a bit trickier to make than my normal recipes, but boy are they tasty!

Hot Cross Buns, the epitome of Easter food for me. Once I open a pack, they rarely last longer than a few days… I’ve never really made my own! So these Hot Cross Buns were on the more challenging side of my baking repertoire and I screamed/shouted a lot whilst making them, but over all it was great fun!Dulche De Leche and Chestnut Puree Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Dulche De Leche and Chestnut Puree Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Dulche de Leche and Chestnut Hot Cross Buns
Yields 12
A wonderful twist on a classic.
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For the Buns
  1. 500g plain flour
  2. 1, 7g sachet fast action yeast
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 120g dulce de leche
  5. 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  6. 150ml warm milk
  7. 150ml warm water
  8. 125g sultanas
  9. 100g grated apple
  10. 60g mixed peel
For the Stuffing and spread
  1. 200g pouch of Merchant Gourmet Chestnut Puree
  2. 200g Dulce de Leche
For the Crosses
  1. 95g flour
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 1 medium egg
For the Glaze
  1. 1 medium egg yolk mixed with 2 tbsp milk
  2. 100g apricot jam
  1. Get a large bowl. Add the flour, salt, 120g Dulce de Leche and cinnamon. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast, mix a little then add the warm milk, warm water, sultanas, mixed peel, apple and fresh citrus zest. Mix to a firm dough (I used a Magimix for 5 minutes then finished by hand).
  2. Transfer the dough to a floured worktop and knead for about 10 minutes until the dough is elastic and bouncy (or 5 minutes if you started off in a processor).
  3. Put the dough back in the bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave to rest for 20 minutes to make the dough easier to shape into buns.
  4. Get a medium sized bowl. Add the chestnut puree and the 200g dulce de leche. Mix together well, and set aside.
  5. Cut the dough into 12 even sized pieces. Dust your worktop with flour. Flatten the pieces of dough into 8-10cm circles. Put a dessert spoonful of the chestnut mixture into the centre of each, leaving plenty of dough around the outside. Lightly dampen the dough around the chestnut mixture. Fold the dough over the chestnut mixture until it is completely encased. Dust your hands with flour, and turn each roll so that the join is on the bottom. Roll the buns between your palms until the tops are smooth.
  6. Preheat your oven to 220c.
  7. Line a baking tray and put the buns in, just touching each other; they will grow together as they prove. Leave to prove in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour until they have almost doubled in size.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven on the middle shelf for 12-15 minutes until golden.
  9. Mix together the flour for the crosses with the water and whole egg until you have a stiff, smooth paste.
  10. Once the buns have risen, brush them with the egg yolk and milk mixture. Make a cross on top of each.
  11. Warm the apricot jam in the microwave with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush this mixture over the top of the buns as soon as they come out of the oven.
  12. Transfer to a rack to cool, these will store in an air tight container for a week.
  1. You will also need a 35cm x 25.5cm x 1cm deep (14 x 10 in x 1/2 in) baking tray.
  2. You need to give yourself plenty of time to make them.
Adapted from Merchant Gourmet
Adapted from Merchant Gourmet

Fresh out of the oven these were SO very tasty, I think I slightly under baked them as the dough was a little close at the bottom (oh yeah get me and my Bake Off terms) but that also could’ve been because of the Dulche De Leche/Chestnut puree muddled in. I don’t think Paul Hollywood would’ve like this recipe- he always moans on the Bake off when wet ingredients get put in to a dough. BUT I am so glad I attempted making them!

The Hot Cross Buns did taste wonderful, and if you want to make it more simple you could omit adding the filling and just use the Dulche De Leche and Chestnut Puree as a spread instead. I think next time round I would do the same (you could even buy them instead of making and use the spread- but where’s the fun in that?!) I should also mention the dough is INCREDIBLY sticky, my Magimix groaned a little so I ended up finishing by hand. So remember LOTS of flour when kneading/cutting into buns.

Are you a Hot Cross Bun Fan? Would you have a go at this recipe? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. Thanks to Merchant Gourmet for supplying the ingredients for this post.


  • Reply positivefridays March 28, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Ooh I haven’t had Hot Cross Buns at all this year!

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      I really do hope you rectified that this weekend…

  • Reply Emma Fisher March 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    There are literally no words to explain how much I would love to eat these. I’ve tried to make hot cross buns before though and they turned out horribly so I might just be stuck with buying whatever they have left on the shelves of our local tesco express 🙁

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Awwww well I hope you enjoyed your hot cross buns either way- you could just make the caramel and chestnut paste to go with 😉

  • Reply Elsa Lee March 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    The combination of dulce de leche and chestnut puree very much reminds me of my trip to Paris. I bought two jars of Bonne Maman Chestnut spread as I’ve never seen them before in the UK. Chestnut is a common sweet filling in Asian countries, I wonder why it’s not had much uptake in the UK!

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Oooooh that sounds wonderful! It is quite rare to find it over here- I have had a lot of chestnut baked goods in Paris too 🙂

  • Reply Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} March 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Oh maaaaaaan! I tried making Hot Cross Buns for the first time this year and they were terrible! I’ll have to redeem myself with these yummies! (Chestnut- YEAH!).

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Hahaha! I was amazed these worked as I messed up making bread earlier in the year! Hope you enjoyed them if you got round to making 🙂

  • Reply Hi, I'm Sarah March 23, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Ooh, they sound good! I’ve been toying with the idea of making some hot cross buns, but It think with redesigning my site and getting out hiking I might just be my usual unconventional self and do them in the summer!

    I’m looking forward to taking an nosey through your other recipes too though 🙂

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you 🙂 They were lovely- hope you get a chance to bake soon!

  • Reply TraceyFaceUpBeauty March 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    They look absolutely delicious but I must say I think making them would be beyond me. Well done you for clearly mastering the art at your first attmpt! Tx

    • Reply MissPond March 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you 🙂 They are a little tricky, but find yourself a quiet afternoon and I reckon you could master it too!

  • Reply Kiwijo March 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Not sure what Dulche de Leche is, but it sounds impressive. These look great. We shall be sticking with the traditional version this year ( as you know Im no baker so they will be stroe bought), but The Husband quite likes idea of the Hot Cross Bun/Bacon combo which he read about somewhere. I prefer them toasted with lashings of butter. Happy Easter Dr Pond :o)

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      It’s a caramel sauce! Honestly you should just buy a jar and use it a spread on your shop bought buns 😉 Happy Easter! (I am also plan to try the the bacon and hot cross buns!)

  • Reply Holly at RockOnHolly March 23, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Haha! Loving your Bake Off terminology!! I think these are a bit technical for me… But I wonder if I could convince my Boyf to make them this weekend….. I LOVE a good Hot Cross Bun! xx

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Why thank you 😉 You could cheat- buy hot cross buns and just make the caramel/chestnut paste for a spread- DELICIOUS!!!!

  • Reply Our Little Organic Life March 23, 2016 at 9:09 am

    How lovely, just in time for Easter! I’ll be making some hot cross buns later this weekend too!

    • Reply MissPond March 23, 2016 at 10:46 am

      I am so very tempted to make more…

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