Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hot Cross Buns 2012

The time is here, the time for HOT CROSS BUNS! Religious or not, the hot cross buns are tasty and is a must eat for everyone.

You will need:
  • 1 cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 150 g Vegan Margarine
  • 50 g Fresh Yeast (5 tbs active dry yeast or according to packet instructions)
  • ½ cup White Sugar
  • 4 cups Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Egg Replacer equal to 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Sultanas and 
  • (Optional: Peel of 1 cleaned Orange)
For the crosses: 
  • 4 tbs Plain Flour
  • 4 tbs Cold Water.
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Sugar.

  1. Crumble your fresh yeast in a big bowl. Melt your margarine, add the milk and heat until body temperature (37 C / 98 F). Pour the liquid over the yeast and mix until lump free.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and spices. Mix well and then add your egg recplacer (pre-mixed accoring to the directions on the packet), sultanas and peel.
  3. Add your flour and mix until the dough gets glossy and smooth.
  4. Leave in a lightly floured bowl, dust the dough with flour and cover with a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Leave to rise for 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. After rising, divide the dough into 20 equal sized round buns and place them on a oven tray with baking paper. (make sure you don't knead the dough to much, to save air in the buns)
  7. Cover again with the clean kitchen towel and leave to rise for another 45 minutes.
  8. Pre-Heat your oven to 200 C / 390 F and prepare the glaze by adding the sugar to boiling water and stirring until clear.
  9. Mix the flour and water for your crosses.
  10. Pipe the cross shape onto your buns right before baking them for 10-12 min (until golden).
  11. When the hot cross buns comes out of the oven brush them with your sugar glaze. This will make them shiny and sticky, a must for the hot cross buns.
  12. Eat them by cutting them in half and spreading with margarine (toasting the hot cross buns is a grat tip).
  13. Very tasty! Enjoy!


  1. They look perfect, well done and +1!


    1. Thank you very much :) So tasty, I am happy to have an aussie fiancé so I got to taste wonderful hot cross buns in australia for the first time.

      Emma @The Vegan Swedes

  2. I live in the US and have an Irish husband who requested hot cross buns today. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! They turned out pretty well. The only suggestion I have is maybe to add the spices to the flour instead of the wet ingredients. My husband got a huge bite of cloves. The rest of the buns tasted great though:)

    1. Oh yeah that couldn't have been a very tasty feeling. Good that the rest of the buns was great.

      //Emma @TheVeganSwedes