There is nothing like the smell of hot cross buns baking in the oven but not everyone has time to be a whiz in the kitchen to make them. So we have TWO recipes to choose from…. one that makes the most of all the chocolate hot cross buns you bought and never ate, and one for those who love a traditional Hot Cross Bun recipe but want it dairy-free.
1. Dairy-Free Hot X Buns
Even your favourite Easter bun recipe can be made dairy free using delicious and nutritious almond milk. Here is our authentic hot cross bun recipe revisited using our tasty Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk and coconut oil.
- 1 tablespoon dry active yeast
- 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon spices: 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 100 ml (1/2 cup) melted extra virgin coconut oil
- 200 ml (3/4 cup) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk, lukewarm, think bath temperature 37C
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup dried currants, soaked in water (or hot rum) for 1 hour or until soft
For the breezy crosses
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- Line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the dry yeast with the lukewarm water. Give it a good stir and set aside for 2-3 minutes until it thickens and activates. Stir again until it forms a paste with no lumps of yeast.
- In a large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, combine the flour, spices, sugar, salt and orange zest.
- Add the melted coconut oil, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk , activated yeast and beaten egg.
- Mix well with the wooden spoon first, then bring everything together with your hands until you have a elastic and sticky dough. Rub your hands with a drizzle of vegetable oil to avoid the dough to stick to your fingers.
- Add in the soaked dried currants. Keep kneading until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour in a warm place or until it doubled in size.
- Punch down the dough with your hand to flatten and remove gas.
- Transfer it to a lightly floured surface, roll into a cylinder and using a sharp knife cur into 16 even pieces.
- Shape each into a ball and place them on the prepared baking tray, leaving enough space between each ball to expand.
- Cover with a piece of oiled plastic wrap. Let rise for 15 minutes.
- Mix the flour with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk , until it forms a thick paste that you can easily pipe onto the buns. Spoon the mixture into a pipping bag and with a small nozzle, pipe a cross on top of each buns.
- Let rise for 20 more minutes, uncovered, the buns should expand a little.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 220 C until the buns are golden brown. Cool down on rack while you prepare the sugar glazing.
- In a small saucepan, under medium heat, cook sugar and water up to 100 C or until bubbles forms on the top.
- Brush over warm buns. Enjoy HOT!
2. Chocolate Hot X Bun Pudding
In a nod to an old time fave, the bread and butter pudding, this recipe is sure to surprise and delight. Plus you can use any leftover Easter eggs you didn’t eat (yeah…. right!!!).
- 8 Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups Original Almond Breeze
- 300ml pure cream
- 40g butter
- 1/2 cup leftover chocolate, chopped (e.g. leftover boxed chocolates)
- Icing sugar, to decorate
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 17cm x 28cm baking dish
- In a medium bowl, use an electric beater on low to whisk together eggs, caster sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, almond milk and cream
- Pull apart hot cross buns and spread butter on either side. Arrange in rows in the prepared dish and sprinkle with half the chocolate.
- Pour egg mix over the bread rolls and bake for 30 minutes, until golden
- Sprinkle with icing sugar as desired
From our love of Almond Breeze almond milk to yours…
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