Traditional Vegan Hot Cross Buns ~ Happy Easter!

Traditional Vegan Hot Cross Buns ~ Happy Easter!

Sorry, am I a bit late to put this post on? Never mind! I think there were so many delicious recipes were out already.

I can’t count how many times that I made hot cross buns in Easter (included some of them haven’t put on post).  

The last post was in 2015, and the one before was in 2014 both are vegan. But those two have a little bit difference. And the far away one was in 2013, this one was not the vegan version.

Today’s recipe is a simple to prepare, the buns are so soft, fluffy and full of fruity aroma. I just get what’s on hand or in my store-cupboard. It is an easy and quick, you don’t need any skill nor any fancy ingredients.

OK, let’s start!

Traditional Vegan Hot Cross Buns ~ Happy Easter!


  • 2 tsp Active dried yeast + 1/4 cup of warm nut milk of your choice
  • 400g Strong Flour/ Bread flour + 100g Self-raising flour/ Cake flour
  • 2 tbsp Raw sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp Orange, zest only
  • Pinch of Black salt
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 150g Dry mixed fruits
  • 100ml Fresh Orange juice, more or less
  • 250ml Warm nut milk
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil

For the Cross: 

  • 20g Self-raising flour
  • 25 ml Water

For the glaze: 

  • 2 tbsp of homemade marmalade + 1 tbsp warm water


  1. For the buns: Mix the yeast with1/4 cup of the warm milk, set aside.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, salt and mixed spice in a stand mixer, except the oil and dried fruits.
  3. Add the warm milk slowly when starting with medium speed until finish all. Turn the speed to higher and let it work for 4 minutes first.
  4. The dough should be soft and sticky.  Depending on the type of flour you used, you may need to add a little more liquid.
  5. Add oil after the dough is formed. Let it work another 3 minutes until the dough smooth. Add the dry fruits and work extra 2 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic for the first proofing.
  6. Cover the dough with a piece of cling film and put in a warm place and leave for 1 1/2 hour until double the size.
  7. Remove the dough and punch down to deflate the air. Divide into 4 equal portions, roll into balls and cover with a damp cloth. Rest for 10 minutes on the table.Divide each dough into 4 small pieces. Make it into a dinner roll shape and roll on the table. Repeat the remaining.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°F/170°C fan oven. Prepare the cross batter, mix the water with flour together and put in a plastic bag.
  9. Place the buns in a baking tray with baking parchment and leave a gaps in between. Leave in a warm place to proof for another 25 minutes. The buns should be pump up and ready for bake.
  10. When the buns are ready to bake, snip the plastic bag corner and make a cross on each bun’s top.
  11.  Bake in the hot oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Brush with the jam liquid on top. Serve warm with dairy-free butter and homemade marmalade.
  12. Enjoy!

Happy Easter, everyone!


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