Looking For A Tasty, Carb-Loving Accompaniment To Serve At Your Easter Dinner? Try These Vegan Hot Cross Buns.

Looking for a tasty, carb-loving accompaniment to serve at your Easter dinner? Try these vegan hot cross buns.
Looking for a tasty, carb-loving accompaniment to serve at your Easter dinner? Try these vegan hot cross buns.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns


  • 3/4 cup almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons 100 percent apple juice

  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 packages active dry yeast

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup dried currants

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or more for consistency

  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk and vinegar. Set aside for 10 minutes to make "buttermilk".

  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine buttermilk, oil, sugar, and apple juice. Cook, stirring often, until brown sugar dissolves and the temperature reaches about 110 degrees F.

  3. In the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 3 cups flour, yeast, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Blend on low to combine.

  4. Remove paddle and replace with dough hook. Add buttermilk mixture and blend on low to bring ingredients together. Increase speed to make a sticky dough. Add more flour a bit at a time until the dough becomes soft. Add currants and blend in.

  5. Place dough into a large bowl rubbed with oil, turning dough over to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm, draft-free place until it has doubled in size, about 1-1/2 hours.

  6. Punch dough down using your fist and dump onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 16 evenly sized pieces (consider weighing the portions on a kitchen scale to ensure they are the same size).

  7. Place dough balls onto a large baking sheet and cover with a lightly damp towel. Let rise for 45 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Use a sharp knife to make a shallow cross on the top of each bun.

  9. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until buns are lightly browned.

  10. While buns are cooling, whisk together confectioners' sugar, lemon juice, and almond extract, adding more lemon juice, if needed, to make an icing. Transfer icing to a pastry bag and pipe icing into the cross indentation on each bun.

  11. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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