Vegan Hot Cross Buns

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VeganHotCross-Buns-VegsocWith the Easter period being upon us try out this variation of traditional hot cross buns which ticks all the boxes for vegans.

Recipe:

  • 350g plain flour
  • 5ml ground mixed spice
  • 5ml ground cinnamon
  • 5ml grated nutmeg
  • 1 sachet easy-blend yeast
  • 25g castor sugar
  • 75g currants
  • 25g mixed peel (orange, lemon, lime), chopped
  • Rind of one lemon, finely grated
  • 75g coconut oil
  • 175ml (approx) soya milk, warmed

For the crosses:

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g coconut oil
  • Water

For the glaze:

  • 25g sugar
  • 30ml water

Method:

  1. In a large bowl mix the flour, spices, yeast, sugar, currants, mixed peel and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre and add the melted coconut oil and some of the warmed soya milk. Mix until a soft dough is formed, adding more milk if necessary.
  2. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 mins. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, which will take about 1 -2 hrs.
  3. Meanwhile to make the crosses, rub the coconut oil into the flour and add enough water to bind. Roll out the pastry quite thinly then cut into thin strips.
  4. Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it down and knead for 5 mins. Divide into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and leave on a greased baking tray. Leave to rise again for about 30 mins.
  5. To make the glaze heat the water and sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Leave to cool. Glaze each bun and top with pastry crosses.
  7. Bake at 180°C/350°F/gas 4 for about 20 mins or until golden.

Original recipe courtesy from: www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/196380/Vegan-hot-cross-buns

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