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Easy orange hot cross buns recipe

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

Ingredients for the hot cross buns

-245g of bread flour (You can use gluten-free)

-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 dairy-free milk

-125ml of water (warm)

-30ml of olive oil

‘Cross ingredients’

-40g of plain flour (You can use gluten-free)

-55ml of water

-Orange marmalade

To make the buns

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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  1. Natalie
    April 15, 2019 / 4:34 am

    I love hot cross buns! These look so delicious and perfect for Easter ♥

    • The Little Blog of Vegan
      April 15, 2019 / 7:41 pm

      Thankyou! Me too, perfect for this time of year! x

  2. Fab
    March 25, 2020 / 11:52 pm

    Can I use regular all purpose flour? Not GF

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