I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a hot cross bun at Easter time – I used to love having them for breakfast in the weeks leading up to Easter. But most of the ones you buy are laden with sugar, gluten and preservatives. So here for you, my friends, is a whole foods version of this beloved Easter treat.
Oh, and don’t expect these to last for days like the ones you buy in the supermarket. This is real food as it should be – best eaten straight out of the oven.
You will need:
1 1/2 cups arrowroot flour
1 1/2 cups almond meal
2 tbs dry yeast
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarb soda
zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1/4 cup almond milk* (or any other milk)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (I use Pure Harvest)
1 organic free range egg, lightly beaten
For the crosses:
1 tbs coconut flour (or desiccated coconut)
1 egg white
What to do:
1. Combine almond meal, arrowroot, yeast, baking powder, bicarb soda, spices, currants and zest in a mixing bowl.
2. Warm milk, coconut oil and rice malt syrup over a low heat until slightly warm, add egg and whisk, then add most of the mixture to dry bowl, leaving some aside for the glaze.
3. Stir to combine all the ingredients to form a dough until smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave in a warm place for about an hour, until the mixture doubles in size.
4. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
5. Combine egg white and flour and make 12 crosses.
6. Knock back the dough and divide into pieces, knead and shape into 12 equal sized buns. Place a cross on top of each bun. Arrange on a lined baking tray, glaze with left over liquid using a pastry brush.
4. Bake for 5 minutes at 220 degrees then reduce heat to 200 degrees Celsius and cook for another 5 minutes, or until brown and hollow.
5. Serve with butter fresh out of the oven. Don’t despair if they don’t look perfect or they’re a bit crumbly, just devour and savour the satisfaction that goes with enjoying a healthy hot cross bun you’ve made yourself!
*The only almond milk I buy in a carton is Pure Harvest, because it’s the only one I’ve found that doesn’t contain processed vegetable oil or cane sugar.