As a child I often heard the song AND even played in music class on the recorder, hot cross buns. But I had NO idea what an actual hot cross bun was. I never grew up eating them. In case you don’t know, or maybe never even heard about them either, they are yummy sweet rolls with dried fruit that is served around lent in the Christian faith and marked with a cross.
And just as the name implies, very tasty when served warm or “hot”. The only thing is that as I have aged, and as our food supply continues to change and get contaminated, gluten and me aren’t so much of friends anymore. So, in order for me to enjoy these rolls, and make them on the healthier side, I make this recipe that I am sharing with you today.
Let me know if you enjoy them as much as I do!
Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns
Makes about 10 (depending on size)
- 2 3/4 cups gluten free baking mix (like Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 1/2 tsp xantham gum
- 2 tsp quick rise yeast
- 1/4 cup currants
- 1 tbsp orange zest and 1 tbsp juice from orange
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup warm coconut milk or almond milk
- 1/3 cup warm water (not hot just warm)
- 2 Tbsp ghee, coconut oil melted, or even avocado oil
- 1 pasture raised egg
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 full fat coconut milk
- 1 tbsp organic maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp orange zest
- pinch of sea salt
- In a bowl, add sifter and then add the baking mix, xantham gum, yeast, sugar, salt and spices (nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon). Sift all together in bowl.
- Either in stand mixer bowl, or using hand mixer, add the warm water, milk of choice (almond or coconut or even regular dairy), oil, egg, vanilla and vinegar.
- Mix unto fully combined
- Add the currants and orange zest/juice and fold in by hand, making sure all the mix is incorporated.
- Spray (coconut/avocado) round pan of choice and either with a spoon or by hand, portion out dough into 10 balls or based on size however many you want.
- With wet fingers (dough is sticky) smooth out each roll to look uniform and pretty.
- Cover with a tea towel and put aside to rise. About an hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees while the dough rises, so it is ready to go when done.
- Then put into oven and cook for about 25 minutes. Until golden brown is the goal.
- Brush with ghee or oil of choice when done for “shine”
- Cool and then place on serving dish
- In a bowl add coconut milk (should be canned variety), maple syrup, zest, and salt and stir together until combined.
- Using a piping bag, (with cooled buns) draw crosses across each roll.
You can immediately serve the rolls, or store them. I like them warms so before I serve or eat them, I heat up in the microwave for a few seconds and viola! Done and Yum!