Hot Cross Buns and Chocolate

Easter is pretty special – a time for us to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection, and as with most celebrations, there is special food to go along with it.

Sadly, when you have food allergies it can feel like you miss out on the food part of some of these special celebrations … but not this year in our house!!

I have finally found a great Hot cross bun recipe – so good that even my husband (who has no dietary restrictions!) came out to sneak more of them off the cooling rack 😉

There are a lot of ingredients and it does take a little while – but the result is most definitely worth it, lovely and dense and none of your typical gluten-free crumble!

This was adapted from Quirky Cooking, you can find the original here: http://quirkycooking.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/gluten-free-hot-cross-buns.html

Rising ...
Rising …
  • 150g brown rice flour
  • 200g white rice flour
  • 160g arrowroot flour
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp guar gum
  • 2 heaped tsp instant yeast
  • 60g brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • zest of 1 orange, finely grated
  • 200g coconut cream
  • 200g water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 50g nuttelex
  • 2 eggs equivalent of no egg OR 5 tbsp aquafaba (liquid drained from a can of chick peas)

    All ready to eat
    All ready to eat
  • 150 mixed fruit
  • 1 tbsp additional Nuttelex, melted

In the large bowl of your mixer, add together the flours, gums, sugar, salt, yeast and spices and set aside.

In a saucepan place the coconut cream, water, vinegar and nuttelex. Cook over a low heat for about 2-3 minutes. You do not want to mixture to boil, it only needs to reach 37 degrees C (a candy thermometer is helpful here).

Add the well beaten ‘no egg’ mixture (or aquafaba) to the wet mix in the saucepan and whisk until well combined.

Add the wet mixture, zest and dried fruit to the dry mix and mix until well combined.

Use about a heaped tablespoon of mix and place them in a lined baking dish. Then leave in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes to rise. They don’t rise hugely.

Just a little bit excited by her first taste!!
Just a little bit excited by her first taste!!

Heat the oven to 200C while they rise.

To make the icing crosses, I used 3 tbsp of pure corn flour, mixed together with about 4 1/2 tbsp water. I don’t have a piping bag, so I used a freezer bag with the corner cut off.

Before placing them in the oven, brush the tops with the melted Nuttelex – it helps to give a lovely golden shine.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden all over.

Then as they came out of the oven I brushed their tops with a sugar syrup (1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 water brought to the boil and simmered while it reduced for 5 minutes … don’t reduce for too much longer or it’ll be too sticky).

Best served warm with some Nuttelex.

This mix made 16 buns which I froze once we’d all had one  (or maybe two!)… mainly to stop myself from continuing to eat them all 😉 They have defrosted and rewarmed well.

If you also would like to be able to share in the chocolate on Easter Sunday, I’ve been told by many that ‘Loving Earth’ make a really lovely dark chocolate that is vegan suitable too … but if, like me, you just can’t deal with dark chocolate, I can highly recommend these chocolates:

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(They are organic and Fair Trade too!). I ordered mine online from BioMed Cafe.

Hope that you enjoy these treats as we remember our new life in Christ over Easter!

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