• Cake, Kids, Snack

  • Difficulty: Moderate

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Spicy Vegan Hot Cross Buns

It's a long-standing tradition to have hot cross buns on Good Friday. These would traditionally just contain raisins or sultanas, but the addition of mixed peel in our recipe gives an even bigger burst of fruity flavours. Dried fruits like raisins also help aid digestion and to lower blood sugar levels.

  • Serves 4

  • Preparation 10 mins

  • Cooking 2 hrs 30 mins

Spicy Vegan Hot Cross Buns Featured Recipe
  • Dairy-Free

  • Egg-Free

  • Vegan


For the buns
  • 350g strong plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 sachet easy-blend yeast
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 75g raisins
  • 25g mixed peel
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 75g vegan margarine
  • 175ml soya milk
For the crosses
  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g vegan margine
for the Water Glaze
  • 25g sugar
  • 30ml water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, spices, yeast, sugar, currants, mixed peel and lemon rind. Make a well in the centre and add the melted margarine and some of the warmed milk. Mix until a soft dough is formed, adding more milk if necessary.
  3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take 1-2 hours, so in the meantime start making the crosses.
  4. To make the crosses: Rub the margarine into the flour and add enough water to bind. Roll out the pastry quite thinly then cut into thin strips. Set aside.
  5. To continue with the buns: Once the dough has doubled in size, knock it down and knead for 5 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and put on a greased baking tray. Leave to rise again for about 30 mins.
  7. To make the glaze heat the water and sugar in a pan until the sugar dissolves. Leave to cool. Glaze each bun and top with pastry crosses.
  8. Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

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