One of the best parts of Easter, apart from all of the chocolate, of course, is the chance to indulge in some yummy Hot Cross Buns.
If you've switched over to a Vegan diet, you may be thinking you're unable to have a nice Hot Cross Bun - however, there's no need to worry - we have two delicious recipes for you to try which will let you rustle up some delicious Easter treats for you and your family to enjoy....
Vegan Hot Cross Buns with Violife creamy caramel filling
Prep time: 20 minutes
You will need:
480g all-purpose flour
1½ tsp salt
1 pack of instant dried yeast (7g)
3 tbsp and 1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
¼ chopped walnuts
½ banana, pureed
Zest of one lemon
Zest of one orange
125ml of unsweetened almond milk
125ml of warm water
2 tbsp of olive oil, with extra for coating the buns
For the Hot Cross Bun paste:
5 tbsp all-purpose flour
For the Apricot glaze:
2 tbsp of apricot jam (or your favorite flavor of jam)
1 tbsp of water
For the filling:
200g Violife creamy original
3 tsp caramel syrup
1. Mix the flour, salt, yeast, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, walnuts, banana puree, and orange and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl. Warm the almond milk, add the warm water and stir into the flour mixture. Then add olive oil and combine. When mixture has taken a dough like form, turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. Make the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled glass bowl. Cover with cling film and place in a warm place to rise for 1 hour or until doubled.
2. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and arrange on a lined baking tray. Cover and let rise for another half hour until double in size.
Preheat the oven to 180oC. In a bowl mix the flour and water to create the bun paste. Once the dough has risen, using a piping bag create small crosses on each bun.
3. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
4. In a small bowl, mix together two tablespoons of jam and 1 tablespoon of hot water.
5. As soon as the buns are out of the oven, brush each bun with the apricot glaze and let cool on a wire rack. Whisk together the Violife creamy original and the caramel syrup.
6. Cut the buns in half and fill with creamy caramel sauce.
Vegan Date Buns with Violife creamy frosting
Prep Time: 90 minutes + 25 cooking time
You will need:
500g all purpose flour
250ml oat milk (at room temperature)
1 sachet dry yeast
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
5 tbsp vegan butter
400g dates, pitted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp melted coconut butter
3 tbsp coconut oil
For the frosting:
200g Violife original creamy
3 tbsp agave syrup
2 tbsp chopped nuts
4 tbsp agave syrup for glazing
1. Melt the coconut butter and add the milk and dry yeast, stirring to combine.
2. In another bowl combine, flour, salt and sugar, add the wet ingredients and mix for about 5 minutes until a soft dough forms. Remove the dough from the mixer and continue kneading with your hands for a few more minutes. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with cling film, let the dough rest and double in size for 1 hour in a warm place.
3. Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 180°C.
4. For the date caramel sauce add dates in a small pot over medium heat with 80 ml of water. Stir until the dates have completely melted. Add the cinnamon and set aside to cool.
5. Roll your dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle. Spread with date caramel.
6. Roll up the dough and cut into 7 parts, about 3-4 cm long each.
7. Brush a cake tin with coconut oil and place the buns inside, cut side facing up. Brush the top with some oat milk. Bake for 25 minutes. When ready, brush with maple syrup.
8. For the creamy frosting, mix the Violife creamy original and the maple syrup together. Just before serving, spread the creamy frosting on top of your buns and then add some nuts on top.
Recipes courtesy of Violife