Vegan hot cross buns

Celebrate Easter with delicious vegan hot cross buns!

Forget the limitations! Easter isn’t complete without warm, spiced hot cross buns, and vegans can absolutely join the fun. These fluffy treats, bursting with flavour and tradition, are surprisingly easy to make with plant-based ingredients. Dive into this article to discover a delightful recipe for vegan hot cross buns that are just as soft, flavourful, and perfect for celebrating Easter as their classic counterparts.

Vegan hot cross buns are a delicious and achievable Easter treat! Here’s a basic recipe to get you started.

Vegan hot cross buns

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour (around 4 cups)
  • Instant yeast (around 1 tablespoon)
  • Sugar (around ⅔ cup)
  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)
  • Salt (around 1 teaspoon)

Wet ingredients:

Cross and glaze:

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Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, yeast, sugar, spices, and salt.
  2. Combine wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, warm the plant-based milk. Add softened vegan butter, fruit, nuts (if using), and orange zest (if using). Mix well.
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients: Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until a shaggy dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough: On a floured surface, knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic. You can also use a stand mixer with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. Add more flour gradually if the dough is too sticky.
  5. First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 1-1.5 hours, or until doubled in size.
  6. Shape and second rise: Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between them for rising. Cover loosely and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  7. Make the cross: In a small bowl, whisk together flour and water to make a thick paste. Transfer the paste to a piping bag or a ziplock bag with a small snipped corner. Pipe crosses onto each bun.
  8. Bake: Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C). Brush the buns with a mixture of vegan milk and maple syrup. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Glaze (optional): While the buns are still warm, brush them with warmed apricot jam thinned with a little water.
  10. Cool and enjoy! Let the buns cool on a wire rack before serving.

Tips for vegan hot cross buns:

  • For extra fluffy buns, use strong bread flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • You can adjust the spices to your preference.
  • If you don’t have a piping bag, you can simply make shallow cuts across the top of each bun with a sharp knife.
  • These buns can also be made ahead of time. After the second rise, cover the buns and refrigerate overnight. Bake them in the morning from chilled.

Enjoy your delicious homemade vegan hot cross buns!

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