Vegan Hot Buns | Pastry Recipes

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  • Just as warm and just as cross-bred as the regular version, but completely free of animal products.

    These vegan cross buns are the perfect egg and dairy free option for Easter. If you have recently started your vegan diet, you will be pleasantly surprised by the taste and texture. And if you’re already a seasoned meatless cook, this recipe is well worth trying. If you’re not a fan of raisins, you can swap them out for vegan dark chocolate chips. These hot buns will only take about an hour to make and bake, but you’ll have to make it and in another hour and a half, give the dough time to rise. This recipe makes a dozen buns.

    Ingredients

    • 350 g (12 oz) strong plain flour

    • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spices

    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

    • 1 packet of easy mix yeast

    • 25g (1oz) caster sugar

    • 75g (3oz) currants

    • 25 g (1 oz) mixed bark, chopped

    • The zest of a finely grated lemon

    • 75 g (3 oz) vegan margarine, melted

    • 175 ml (about 6 floz) soy milk, warmed

    • For crosses:

    • 50g (2oz) plain flour

    • 25g vegan margarine

    • For the icing:

    • 25g (1oz) sugar

    Method

    • In a large bowl, combine the flour, spices, baking powder, sugar, currants, lemon zest and zest mixture. Make a well in the center and add the melted margarine and a little hot milk. Mix until a soft dough forms, adding more milk if necessary.

    • Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size, which will take about 1-2 hours.

    • Meanwhile to make the crosses, rub the margarine into the flour and add enough water to bind. Roll out the dough quite thinly then cut it into thin strips.

    • Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out and knead it for 5 minutes. Divide into 12 pieces, roll each piece into a ball and leave on a greased baking sheet. Let rise again for about 30 minutes.

    • To make the glaze, heat the sugar in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water, until the sugar dissolves. Let cool. Glaze each loaf and top with pastry crosses.

    • Bake at 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

    Tip for making vegan cross buns

    Serve hot with a vegetable spread and jam.

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