Hot Cross Buns (Gluten Free, Paleo)

Healthier Hot Cross Buns are a bit like the Easter Bunny himself; elusive and potentially fictional. They’re usually better suited to breaking windows.

These Hot Cross Buns are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Processed Sugar Free and
Paleo… aka Awesome.

They are not hard to make but are time consuming due to the rising times required. I have used yeast in this recipe as you would in a traditional recipe, but without the gluten the yeast doesn’t rise like you would expect. The yeast does play another role in this recipe and that is to create the texture you would expect from a Hot Cross Bun. I tried this recipe yeast-less and the buns turned out more like a scone than a bun. Keep the yeast, kneads a little and eat!

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prep time:3 min
cook time:35 min
ready in:4 min
  • Cross Paste: 1 Tablespoon Almond Meal3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon Arrowroot2 Tablespoons Water -
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup2 Tablespoons Water1 Tablespoon GelatinDash Of Mixed Spice
  • HOT CROSS BUNS (Gluten Free, Paleo): 1/2 cup Milk (of choice), 1/2 cup Apple Sauce (see recipe below), 2 1/4 teaspoon Yeast, 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup2 Eggs1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract1 teaspoon Lemon zest1 teaspoon Orange zest1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour1 1/4 cup Almond Meal1/2 cup Arrowroot (plus1/4 cup extra for kneading)1 teaspoons Salt1 teaspoon Mixed Spice1 teaspoon Cinnamon Dash of Nutmeg1 cup Dried Mixed Fruit (can substitute for sultanas or currents)
  • Glaze: Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil whilst whisking.Use immediately.
  • Hot Cross Buns: Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat to a luke warm temperature. Put the maple syrup, yeast, salt, apple sauce, vanilla extract, zests and eggs in a bowl of a kitchen stand mixer with a dough hook attached. Pour the warm milk into the bowl and turn the mixer to low. (if you don't have a dough hook attachment use a normal beating attachment)Mix until fully combined (1-2 minutes)In a separate bowl sift the dry ingredients together.Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the hook attachment and mix until smooth (4 min).You may need to scrape the edges of the bowl 2-3 times as it is a very sticky mixture.Add the mixed fruit and mix until incorporated.Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a well greased bench. Add the extra arrowroot and knead the dough until the extra arrowroot is combined.This can be quite messy as the dough is sticky and not easy to knead. It helps to keep your hands and the bench well greased.Knead only for 2 minutes (or until you start going crazy at the sticky mixture).Place the dough into a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with a cloth and place in a warm place for 1 hour.Ideally this will be in a sunny spot, but if the weather is against you go to plan B or CPlan B; turn the oven to the lowest temperature. Once reached, turn the oven off and open the oven door slightly. Wait 5-10 minutes and place the covered bowl in the oven for 1 hour.Plan C; if you have a special oven with bright lights or a defrost mode it can be used to generate heat.After 1 hour, evenly divide the dough into 10 pieces.Form each piece into a ball and place on a lined and greased baking tray.Cover the tray with a cloth and place back in the warm place for 90 minutes.After 75 minutes preheat the oven to 175C/350F.Make the Cross Paste (see recipe below).Pour the paste into a ziplock bag or piping bag. Cut a small slit in the bottom of the bag and make a cross on each bun. The paste is quite thick and will need to be used as soon as it is made. Resist all temptation to water it down too much as it will be too runny then and not form a cross on the bun.When the oven is at temperature, place the Hot Cross Buns on the middle rack and bake for 35 minutes.At 30 minutes make the Glaze (see the recipe below).After 35 minutes remove the Hot Cross Buns from the oven and immediately baste with the hot glaze.The Hot Cross Buns are best eaten within 36 hours of baking.
  • Cross Paste: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the water whilst stirring. The paste will become quite thick like concrete.Place the paste in a ziplock bag or piping bag. -