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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
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  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
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  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
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  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
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  • 3 tablespoons 100 percent apple juice
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  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour
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  • 2 packages active dry yeast
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  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
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  • 1 teaspoon salt
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  • 1 cup dried currants
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  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
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  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice or more for consistency
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  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract



  1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond milk and vinegar. Set aside for 10 minutes to make “buttermilk”.
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  3. 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.
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  5. 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.
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  7. 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.
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  9. 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.
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  11. 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).
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  13. Place dough balls onto a large baking sheet and cover with a lightly damp towel. Let rise for 45 minutes.
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  15. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Use a sharp knife to make a shallow cross on the top of each bun.
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  17. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until buns are lightly browned.
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  19. 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.
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  21. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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