These vegan hot cross buns are soft, fluffy, fruity and the most fragrant buns I’ve ever made. The aroma of mixed spice and cinnamon beckons tantalizingly from the oven when the buns bake and, while they are cooling on the rack, making it impossible to walk past without stealing a bite. These buns aren’t sweet as, I haven’t added any sugar or xylitol into the dough, except for the yeast mixture. The mixed fruit is the main star in these buns, with every bite full of sultanas, berries, pawpaw pieces and cherries. I let them rise for a good 30 minutes in a slightly warmed oven, as the colder weather seems to have arrived. Also, using my brownie pan was perfect for 9 large buns that were nice and tall. Happy baking and have a blessed Easter.
Vegan Hot Cross Buns
Vegan Hot Cross fruity buns which are the perfect food for breakfast, morning tea, dessert or, anytime in between!
- 3 cups Wholemeal Baking Flour
- 2 teaspoons Active Yeast
- 2 tablespoons Raw Sugar
- 300 ml Tepid Water
- 3 tablespoon Oil
- 2/3 cup Mixed Fruit
- 1 teaspoon Mixed Spice Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
For the crosses
- 2 tablespoons Plain Flour
- 1 teaspoon Raw Sugar
- 4 teaspoons Water
- Non Stick Spray
In a large mixing bowl, add the tepid water, yeast and raw sugar. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Add the flour, oil, spices and fruit to the yeast mixture in the bowl. Knead dough either by hand, or with a dough hook (I used my stand mixer).
Stop kneading when the dough forms and is soft and slightly sticky. Allow to rest in a warm place.
Spray a tray with non stick spray to place the buns.
Tip the dough on a well floured surface, knead gently and separate into little round balls of dough.
Place the dough balls closely but not touching each other on the prepared tray.
Cover with a clean tea towel and place in a warm corner for 35 – 45 minutes.
For the crosses
Pipe crosses on to the risen dough buns using a piping bag or, sandwich bag with a corner cut off and then bake in the oven.
Mix the flour, sugar and water to form a thick, smooth paste while the buns rise.
Heat oven to 175 degrees C and, spray the dough with non stick spray and bake the risen dough buns until golden brown (approximately 25 minutes).
These buns are making their way to Healthy Vegan Fridays and The Bloggers Pitstop!