Chai Apple Hot Cross Buns
Recipe type: Baking
  • 3 cups (540g) of bread flour (I used 2 cups of bread and 1 cup of regular this time)
  • 1½ tsp (7g) yeast
  • ¼ cup (50g) of light brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 180g brewed chai milk tea
  • 1 large apple diced
  • 80g butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Brew masala chai tea with milk as per your preferred method. Add diced apple to hot milk tea and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine flour, sugar and yeast and salt in TMX bowl (or stand mixer bowl).
  3. In a separate bowl, add egg and butter to cooled chai milk tea and whisk.
  4. Add milk mixture to flour and use dough hook to knead for 5 minutes or the Thermomix dough function for 3 minutes. Transfer dough to a large bowl.
  5. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size. You can elect at this point to put the dough in fridge overnight for a morning bake (remove dough from fridge at least 20 minutes before following step).
  6. If baking immediately, knock back dough and cut into 6 equal pieces. Knead each piece into a ball, place in a lightly greased 22cm-square cake pan, cover with a damp tea towel and stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. While buns are rising, preheat oven to 200C/420F (fan-forced).
  8. Combine ¼ cup flour and 2 tbsp water and stir to a smooth paste. Once buns have risen, spoon flour paste into a piping bag fitted with a fine nozzle and pipe lines down each row to form crosses.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 200C and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden. (They’re ready when they sound hollow when tapped). Once out of oven, use a pastry brush to glaze buns with chai tea syrup (1/2 teaspoon of desired chai ingredients + tea boiled with ½ cup water and ½ brown sugar).
Recipe by Gastromony at