These Dairy Free Hot Cross Buns are traditional in every way, except they won’t make you poorly if you’re lactose intolerant too.
When asked to jump on board a fun campaign with Waitrose to pimp the original hot cross bun, I had to take this opportunity to feed my fellow lactose challenged and create a truly traditional flavoured dairy free version.
Hot cross buns are generally something I have to avoid buying when out and about as finding dairy free ones can be tricky. However I got to wondering how hard it could be to create my own that are cow free. Turns out it’s really not all that tricky after all :)
The two ingredients we need to replace are milk and butter. I opted for water instead of milk, and I promise you wouldn’t have known the difference. However you could totally use a dairy free milk such as almond or soya instead.
And to replace the butter I would normally have melted some coconut oil down but I didn’t have enough so instead used sunflower oil. Again, you really wouldn’t have been able to taste the difference, and all the lactose happy folk that I shared them with were seriously impressed!
Dairy Free Hot Cross Buns
- 200 ml water or dairy free milk
- 15 g instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 450 g strong flour bread
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A good scraping of nutmeg about 1/2 teaspoon
- 50 g sugar
- 50 g vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 egg beaten
- 150 g sultanas raisins or currants, or a mixture
- 50 g shortcrust pastry
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons hot water
Mix the warm water/milk with the yeast and the teaspoon of sugar. Add in 100g of the flour, stir well and leave in a warm place for 20 minutes to become frothy.
Sift the remaining flour, salt, spices and sugar into a large bowl.
When the yeasty mix is frothy, mix in the oil and beaten egg until well combined.
Pour this onto the flour mix, add in the dried fruit, and stir well. You want the batter to be relatively soft, add in another tablespoon of water if it is looking to dry and hard to work with (but don;t let it get too wet either!)
Tip the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead it as if you were making bread. Wipe the doughy bowl round with a little more oil, then pop the dough back into the bowl and cover with a lightly oiled piece of cling film. Store in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size which may take up to 90 minutes.
Tip out again onto the work surface and knock back by punching the air out of it. Divide into 12 even pieces and roll each one into a ball.
Flour a baking sheet or two, and put each bun on the sheets with plenty of room around them. Press down in each one gently with your palm to flatten them slightly.
Cover with more oiled clingfilm, and let rise until doubled in size which should only take about 30 minutes this time.
Meanwhile, roll out the small piece of pastry until really think & slice into thin strips.
When the buns are ready, brush the tops of the pastry strips with water and lay out on top of each buns to form a cross, damp side down.
Trim the pastry ends and tuck them underneath then bake in an oven preheated to 90/375/gas 5 for 20 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
Whilst they are baking make the glaze by boiling the kettle and measuring out 4 tablespoons of water to dissolve the sugar with.
As soon as the buns are out of the oven, brush each one with the glaze, then go back and do it a second time to that they glisten and shine.
Huge thanks to Waitrose for sponsoring this recipe and helping me to keep bringing you tasty & free content! As always all thoughts (& leftovers!) are my own.
PS It seems Waitrose are actually two steps ahead of me. In their vast range of Hot Cross Buns there are TWO that are dairy free! These Essential Hot Cross Buns & these Gluten Free ones are both cow free, so if you can’t be bothered to make your own, you know where to go ;)
PPS I’ve just found out that Waitrose are actually looking for a new flavour combo to sell in store next year! So tell me, which of my fellow foodies recipes would get your vote?
Bintu’s Coconut and Mango
Grace’s Banana & Chocolate Chip
Michelle’s Stem Ginger & Date
or Katie’s Dark Chocolate, Orange & Ginger? Do let me know in the comments below!