Yeast Free Hot Cross Buns

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It is almost Easter and time for Hot Cross Buns, however . . .as much as I love hot cross buns, they dont like me and make me feel quite unwell. Over the years I have come the conclusion that it is yeast that makes feel unwell so I make myself Yeast Free Hot Cross Buns.

My recipe is based on a tea loaf, but still has the spices associated with normal hot cross buns. So here you are my recipe for yeast free hot cross buns – you can also use it to make a hot cross loaf, tastes fantastic lightly toasted with melted butter and a cup of tea!

  • 6 oz /170g Mixed Dried Fruit
  • Zest of an orange
  • 2oz / 56g Demerara Sugar
  • 5floz / 140ml Lady Grey Tea ( you could use ordinary)
  • 1 beaten Free Range Egg
  • 12oz / 350g SR Flour
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • 2oz / 56g Melted Butter

(Lady Grey tea has an infusion of bergamot and orange which adds to the flavour )

Set oven to 180 deg C, 350 deg F, Gas mark 4

Bake time 20 minutes ( they should be golden brown) oven times may vary

Make your tea and dissolve your sugar in it, add to the dried fruit and orange zest and leave overnight or at least a few hours

Melt the butter, beat the egg and add the butter to the egg and add to the fruit mixture, now add the flour

Mix well the mixture will be sticky and should ‘clean’ the sides of the bowl

To make the loaf, pop your mix into a lined 2lb loaf tin, to make the buns line your tray and put spoonfuls of the mix onto the tray, now make the cross



To make the cross

  • 2 tblsp plain flour
  • 1 tblspwater
  • 1/2 tea spoon sugar

Mix to a thick paste, for each bun or loaf place two lines in a cross on top

For the glaze

  • Dissolve 2 tblsp sugar and brush over each of the buns or loaf before going in the oven

And there you are my recipe for yeast free hot cross buns, enjoy.

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