Well I had intended posting this in time for you to try for Easter however then my youngest broke his wrist and we were out of coverage for three days as we travelled along the Forgotten Highway. I figure that it is better late than never and since these are yum anytime it is worth sharing still 😉 In fact they have been made quite a few times since as an afternoon tea snack for the walking wounded among us.
With Good Friday comes Hot Cross buns of course however since this is the first Easter we have Vegans in the house (bus) we had to put a bit of thought into the whole process. Thankfully themselves had a simple, yet effective, solution of adding some spices and raisins to our damper recipe to create our own Hot Cross buns. I have to say that the cross side of things didn’t work out so well though as I was trying to be tricky and do icing sugar crosses – on the recommendation of a lovely Canuk I know 😉 – rather than my usual flour ones which ended in a sticky bun soaked mess rather than looking like a cross …. so I guess it is a case of less of the cross buns and more hot spiced buns really 😉
We have tried both Gluten and Gluten free versions, topped with jam and some vegan Dark Chocolate peanut butter we found, and both have been enjoyed. The GF version did need a flax egg (1 Tb ground linseed and 1.5 Tb cold water) along with bit of extra moisture, depending on which GF flour you use, to get the correct consistency however it is not too much more hassle.
Hot Spiced Buns – Vegan
1 3/4 Cup of plain flour ( or GF flour and see notes above)
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tb oil
3/4 cup of cold water
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins (or other dried fruit if you like)
- Mix all ingredients until they form a dough, add more flour and/or liquid as required.
- Split the dough into 8 pieces and roll into bun shapes
- Flour a tin and place the bun shapes in so that they are touching.
- Bake at 200 C for 20 mins.
- Remove from the oven and enjoy with jam 😉
Hope this finds you all happy, healthy and all in one piece 😉