The spring classic made even more indulgent with Hu Chocolate Chunks. A lengthy recipe that promises to be worth the wait, these Vegan Hot Cross Buns can only be improved by toasting and topping with a generous amount of plant based spread.

Makes 12
Prep: 3 hours 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
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You will need
  • 300ml Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 50g Dairy Free Spread
  • 500g Strong White Bread Flour
  • 1 Sachet Fast Action Yeast (7g)
  • 70g Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1/2tsp Salt
  • 1tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1tbsp Mixed Spice
  • Zest of 1 Large Orange
  • 70g Sultanas
  • 50g Mixed Peel
  • 60g Hu Simple Chocolate (Chopped)
  • 70g Plain Flour
  • 50g Apricot Jam

Step one

Preheat the oven to 200C.

Step two
Warm the almond milk in a saucepan and add in the spread once simmering. Once melted in, remove from the heat and leave to cool. 

Step three

Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and spices in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk mixture, combining to create a sticky dough.

Step four

Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and springy. 
Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled mixing bowl. Leave to rise in a warm space for an hour. 

Step five

Once risen, turn the dough back onto the surface and flatten out. Spread the orange zest, fruit and chocolate chunks onto the dough and knead again until well distributed. 

Step six

Form into a ball and return to the bowl. Cover and leave to rise for another hour. 

Step seven

Turn the dough out onto the surface and lightly punch out the air. Divide the dough into 12, rolling each piece into a ball and placing onto a lined baking tray. 

Step eight

Cover with lightly oiled cling film and leave to rise for a further 45 minutes. 

Step nine

To make the crosses, mix the flour with water, 1 tbsp at a time, to make a thick paste. Pipe crosses onto the buns using a piping bag. 

Step ten

Place the buns into the oven for 15-20 minutes. 

Step eleven

Whilst the buns are baking, gently heat the jam over a low heat. 

Step twelve

Once cooked, brush the warm jam over the top of the buns and leave to cool slightly before eating. 

Option step thirteen

For the ultimate indulgence, slice in half and toast, covering with dairy free spread once toasted.