Orange, Cinnamon and Raisin Hot Cross Buns

Sunday, 29 March 2015

As Easter fast approaches I wanted to make some gluten and dairy free treats to enjoy! These hot cross buns are really easy to make, made from healthy wholesome ingredients and most importantly taste like the real deal. In my experience, with some gluten free baking it feels like something is missing but these actually taste like hot cross buns!

to make 14 buns

450g Gluten free bread flour (I use Doves Farm white bread flour)
2 tsp Xanthan gum
Zest of an orange
1 tbsp quick yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground nutmeg
100g raisins
100g currants
200ml plant milk ( I used almond)
150ml water
50g maple syrup
40g coconut oil
2 eggs
50g brown rice flour for the cross
Rice malt syrup and orange juice to glaze

  1. Mix together the gluten free bread flour, yeast, xanthan gum, orange zest, salt and spices in a large bowl. You can also give it all a quick blitz in a food processor if you prefer. 
  2. Add the eggs, almond milk, water, melted coconut oil and maple syrup into the bowl of dry ingredients. mix well. 
  3. Stir in the raisins and currants. 
  4. Cover the mixture with some greased cling film and leave to rise. Mine was in the airing cupboard for 2 hours. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 180'c. Line a large baking tray and grease with coconut oil (or similar) spoon out the mixture into hot cross bun shapes, cover and leave to rise again for around 30 mins. 
  6. To make the crosses mix the brown rice flour with 50 ml of cold water. put the mixture into a sandwich bag and cut a 1 cm hole in the corner - use this to pipe on the crosses. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 mins.
  8. To make the glaze heat equal parts rice malt syrup and orange juice until reduced slightly, brush the sticky mixture onto the hot cross buns as soon as they come out of the oven.  

The hot cross buns are best served warm and eaten on the day although they will keep for a day or so in a air tight container. If you do this I'd pop them in a warm oven for a few minutes to heat them through.

I started daydreaming about all the variations I could make... if you give any of these a go please get in touch and tell me how they taste!

  • Cacao and orange
  • Apple and cinnamon
  • Date and pecan 
  • Pistachio and cranberry
These are super easy to make vegan if you are that way inclined - just swap the eggs for some apple puree or other egg replacer. 



  1. Yummy! These look delicious, if I could just find the energy to make them! lol

    Lennae xxx

  2. Hot cross buns are my favourite treat to munch on cold winter mornings with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate. Thank you for this recipe.


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