Hot Cross Buns

Course Snack
Keyword buns, cross, Easter, hot, vegan
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12 buns
Author Hayley



  • 250 g Non-dairy milk I used almond
  • 1 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 60 g light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba chickpea juice from the can
  • 60 g vegan butter I used Flora
  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2-2 tsps allspice depending on your taste preference
  • 150 g sultanas


  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp water or as much as you need to get the right consistency, you want sticky not runny


  • 50 g apricot jam


  1. If you're using a thermomix: Place the milk, yeast and light brown sugar in the mixing bowl. Warm 2 Min. / 37°C / Speed 2.

  2. If you don’t have a Thermomix: Place the above ingredients into a saucepan and warm up until it is lukewarm. Stir at all times with a wooden spoon.

  3. Add the butter, aquafaba, plain flour, allspice, salt and sultanas. Knead 2 Min. / dough function.

  4. If you don’t have a Thermomix: Place the yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, butter, aquafaba, allspice, sultanas and salt (in this order!) and knead until smooth. This might take up to 10 minutes.

  5. Leave to rise (I left it to rise in the thermie) until doubled in size (about an hour). Then remove the dough and place on a floured surface.

  6. Cut into 12 individual buns and shape them into balls. Place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper not too far apart if you want them to touch each other.

  7. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for 1 hour until doubled in size again.

  8. After about 40 mins remember to put your oven on to heat up to 200 C.

  9. Make the flour paste, by placing the flour and water in the mixing bowl and stir 10 Sec. / Speed 2. Scrape down and repeat 10 Sec. / Speed 2 adding water a tbsp at a time if needed. Or just stir it together by hand if you don't have a thermomix.

  10. Fit a piping bag with a plain nozzle and pipe over the uncovered buns in a cross shape. Or if like me you can't find your piping bag or don't possess one just take a blob of the paste and kind of pinch it between the thumb and forefingers of each hand, pull into a string and gently place over the buns.

  11. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Then, remove and make the apricot glaze.

  12. Thermomix users: Place the apricot jam in the bowl and melt 2 Min. / 90°C / Speed 1. Non-thermomix users can just gently heat the jam in a saucepan, stirring until its all runny and melted.

  13. Using a brush to glaze the buns with the melted apricot jam. Dig in and enjoy!