Sweet, fruity, cinnamon-filled bread – what’s not to love? Hot cross buns are a delightful spring treat but, very often, they aren’t vegan-friendly. That’s why we’re offering these delicious, super-fluffy, vegan hot cross buns that are perfect for a cosy afternoon of baking and a cuppa.
1. Start by adding your almond milk and cashew butter to a pan and heating gently until the cashew butter has melted, then allow the milk to cool until warm but no longer hot.
2. As the milk cools, combine your bread flour, yeast, coconut sugar and salt in a bowl, then once the milk has cooled enough, add to the flour mixture and stir to form a dough.
3. Knead the mixture for a couple of minutes until you're left with a smooth dough then place in a floured bowl, cover and leave to rise for around an hour.
4. As the dough rises, combine your dried fruit, orange and lemon juice and zest and spices in a bowl.
5. After the dough has risen for an hour, add the dried fruit mixture and knead well until the fruit is well distributed throughout the dough then re-cover to rise for another hour.
6. After an hour, split your dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into a smooth ball, place the balls onto a tray lined with baking paper and re-cover to prove for a final 45 minutes.
7. As the buns rise, pre-heat your oven to 180oC and create the paste for your 'hot crosses' by combining your plain flour with around 5 tablespoons water until you're left with a paste that resembles a thick pancake batter.
8. When the buns have finished rising, it's time to add your crosses. If you're looking for neat and uniform hot cross buns, now would be a good time to pop your flour and water paste into a piping bag to pipe your crosses onto the buns with a small nozzle but, if like me, you're going for a more rustic look (aka you forgot to buy a piping bag) then using a knife to spread your crosses on does the trick just fine!
9. After adding crosses, place the buns in the oven to bake for 20 minutes, once baked, brush lightly with maple syrup to glaze and then you're ready to dig in.
Hot cross buns always taste best toasted, so pop a bun or two in the toaster then spread with your favourite nut butter and jam and serve alongside a cuppa for a tasty Easter treat!
I hope you give these vegan hot cross buns a try! And if you do, be sure to tag the picture #AvogelRecipes on Instagram so we can see it :)
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Ciara is an avid food and fitness blogger who loves to share fitness tips, cruelty-free lifestyle advice and an abundance of delicious and easy-to-make plant-based recipes on her blog Ciara's Corner. Since going vegan a few years ago, food has become her biggest passion in life.
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