Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Hot Cross Buns (Vegan)

4 vegan hot cross buns
Inspired by Paul Hollywood's Bread programme, I thought it was about time I blogged another bread recipe.

I've seen a plethora of hot cross bun recipes lately, but very few vegan ones. Traditionally, these seasonal, Easter bread-buns are made with eggs, milk and butter, so I've substituted these ingredients for vegan alternatives. I think you'll agree that they look pretty much like the traditional variety (minus the crosses, of course!).
  • 3 cups strong bread flour
  • 1 cup sweetened almond milk, or similar
  • 4 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp dairy-free spread
  • 1 sachet fast action yeast
  • 1 cup dried mixed fruit
  • 1-2 tsp ground mixed spice 
  • 1 tsp Orgran No Egg, optional
  • ½ tsp salt
Add all of the ingredients, except the fruit, to the bread maker and set on the dough setting. 
After a few minutes, add the dried fruit and allow the bread maker to run the full dough cycle. (Alternatively, kneed ingredients together in a bowl, until you have a soft, but not, sticky dough.)

Turn the dough out onto a board, but don't add any extra flour.
Kneed the dough for a few minutes and then divide into 8 pieces and roll into balls.
Flatten slightly and place, well apart, on a greased baking sheet.
Allow to prove in a warm place for 45-60 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/425F/Gas 7. 

Mix an extra 2 tbsp of strong bread flour with 2 tbsp of cold water to form a paste. Pipe the paste onto the buns (in your preferred design), with a small, plain nozzle. 

Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 190C/180C Fan/375F/ Gas 5. Bake for a further 10 minutes, until brown. The cooked buns should sound hollow if you tap on the base.

Mix 2 tbsp of white sugar with 2 tbsp water. Heat in the microwave for 15-30 seconds on high, to form a syrup. Brush the syrup over the warm buns. 
Remove from the baking tray and cool on a wire rack.

Serve warm or toasted for an Easter breakfast. Cut in half and spread with dairy-free spread and/or jam before serving. 

Suitable for freezing.

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  1. These breads look very delicious, I'd love to try them for Easter. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

    1. Thanks Adi, I hope you've had a good Easter.


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