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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Orange hot cross buns

Vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free
Happy 'almost' good Friday. Make the most of the Easter weekend with some vegan orange and cranberry hot cross buns. You can't beat indulging in these little buns of deliciousness.

This batch of hot cross buns incorporates dried cranberries and orange zest for ultimate flavour whilst being the perfect texture.
You won't buy the shop bought version again!

Preparation- 2-3 hours
Cooking time- 15-20 minutes
Makes- Approximately 10
Level- Medium

-245g of bread flour 
-255g of gluten-free all-purpose flour
-1 & 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
-50g of caster sugar
-7g of dried yeast powder
-Pinch of salt
-120g of dried cranberries
-50g of apple sauce
-Zest of 2 medium oranges
-126ml of unsweetened almond milk
-125ml of water (warm)
-30ml of olive oil

'Cross ingredients'
-40g of plain flour
-55ml of water
-Orange marmalade

Step 1- In a large mixing bowl, add in the flours, cinnamon, sugar, yeast powder, salt, dried cranberries, orange zest and applesauce and combine fully.
Step 2- Gently add in the water, oil and dairy-free milk.
Mix until the mixture has formed into a sticky dough.

Step 3- Knead the dough until elastic and smooth/shiny. 
This will take around 15 minutes.

Step 4- Grease a large bowl with oil, pop in the dough and cover the bowl with cling film.
Place the bowl into a warm place and allow to rise for around 1-2 hours.
Step 5- Once the dough has risen to double its original size, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. 
Step 6- Divide the dough into 14 equal pieces, roll into balls and pop onto a lightly oiled baking tray. 
Cover the tray with clingfilm and allow to prove for around an hour.
In the meantime, preheat your oven to 205 degrees and make the 'cross' mixture.

Step 7- Place the water and flour into a bowl and mix until paste like.

Step 8- Transfer the mixture into a piping bag and pipe on some crosses.
Step 9- Place the hot cross buns into the middle of the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes  or until golden.

Step 10- Gently heat the orange marmalade, while the marmalade is warm brush over the hot cross buns.
Leave to cool and serve.


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