Make your own Healthy Hot Cross Buns

March 20, 2018

Make your own Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Hot Crossed Buns are a traditional Easter treat, but are they actually good for you? The answer is: they can be!

This year we are stocking some delicious organic hot cross buns from SOL Breads for you to enjoy over the Easter period. They contain very minimal and local ingredients (they do contain wheat/gluten).

They are so much better than the ones you can purchase from the big supermarkets which contain a ridiculous number of ingredients, many of which are better to avoid if you can, not just for the health of your body but also the health of our environment (i.e. palm oil).

Here is the ingredients list of some buns from one of the supermarkets!

Wheat Flour. Australian Fruit (20%) (Currants. Sultanas, Raisins. Sunflower Oil). Water. Crossing Paste (Wheat Starch. Wheat Flour. Veg Oils (Palm. Canola). Veg Emulsifier (471), Thickener (415). Salt. Sugar. Yeast. Canola OiI. Bun Glaze (Water Sucrose Syrup. Thickeners (1400. 415), Acidity Regulator (330), Natural Flavour). Wheat Gluten. Spices, Iodised Salt, Soy, Flour, Malted Wheat, Emulsifiers (322-Soy. 471). Acidity Regulators (260 262). Vitamins (Thiamin. Folic Acid). CONTAINS: GLUTEN (WHEAT)& SOY.

Compare that to the SOL Bread organic hot cross buns:

Organic wheat flour, water, improver, Turkish apricots (dried), sultanas, apple, yeast, cinnamon, mixed spice, corn starch, organic spelt flour, vegetable gum (guar).

If you'd like some even healthier, gluten and dairy free hot-crossed buns, then you best bet is to make them yourself! I personally have tried many different recipes over the years and the best ones I've found are actually more like muffins than buns, so you do need to cook them in muffins trays rather than as a free standing bun. They still have that amazing spice and fruit taste though!

The lovely Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking (who co authored Life Changing Food) created this recipe a few years ago and it's now the only one I'll make.

This is what you'll need:

Buns

150g brown rice, raw
110g sorghum or millet, seeds or flour
zest of 1 orange (peeled with potato peeler)
1 Tbsp instant yeast
190g arrowroot or tapioca starch
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
40g coconut sugar or Rapadura
1 Tbsp psyllium husk
2 eggs
200g coconut milk (homemade), or preferred milk
150g water
40g macadamia oil or other light oil
100g sultanas
100g currants (or try dried sour cherries or cranberries)
muffin papers

 

Crosses

50g gluten free plain flour
50g water

 

Glaze

juice of 1 orange (approx. 50g juice)
50g coconut sugar or Rapadura
1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Go to Quirky Cooking's Gluten Free and Dairy Free Hot Cross Bun recipe on their website to follow the steps to create your very own scrumptious hot cross buns!

Have a lovely Easter with your family and friends.  We are still operating over Easter so be sure to order your fruit, vegetables and organic products from us for all those BBQs and parties over this festive break.

Cassie x




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