OK, so this post will have to be a quick one. The sun is calling me loudly through the window; willing me to leave my computer and stick my head underneath it! I am not going to argue with it…but first I have to share this recipe with you! It is ‘part 1’ because I plan to do plenty of hot-cross bun experiments over the coming weeks…so keep your eyes peeled!
I cannot take credit for this one! The credit needs to go to Vicky at Gluten Free SCD and Veggie. She came up with a cracking little recipe for grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free hot cross buns. Of course, me being me, couldn’t just make them! No, I had to do a bit of fiddling…not much because her recipe is superb! Anyway, this is what I did and I warn you now. These will not hang around for long! They are super addictive…but hey, they are almost healthy??!
Total cost = £4.06 or 68p per large bun (if making 6) – cost breakdown at bottom of post based on Tesco prices on 12/3/14
Gluten-free, Dairy-free Hot Cross Buns
- 200 g ground almonds
- 120 g gluten-free self-raising flour
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 50 g raisins
- 40 g mixed peel
- 30 ml manuka honey or any honey you have, plus extra, warmed for glazing
- 2 medium eggs beaten
- 30 g coconut oil melted
- Approx. 100g ready-made marzipan for the crosses
- Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl (including the fruit and peel) and give them a good mix.
- Add the melted coconut oil, honey and beaten eggs
- Give the mixture a good stir until it starts to come together, then give it a good squidge with your hands!
- Divide the mixture into 6-12 balls (depending on the size you want your buns to be!) and place on lightly greased baking trays.
- Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 150 degrees and bake for a further 15-25 minutes (depending on size).
- While baking, make the crosses by rolling out the marzipan and cutting it into 5mm wide strips.
- While still warm brush the buns with warmed honey, and add the marzipan strips to make crosses.
Cost breakdown, based on Tesco prices on 12/3/14:
Tesco ground almonds = £2.09 for 200g
Doves Farm self-raising flour = £1.70 per kg; 100g = 17p
Spices – I have allowed 30p for all of these
Tesco bicarbonate of soda = £1.08 per 200g; 5g = 3p
Tesco raisins = £2.99 per kg; 50g = 15p
Tesco mixed peel = 74p per 200g; 40g = 14p
Tesco everyday value honey = 99p per 340g; 30g = 9p
Tesco free range medium eggs = £138 for 6; 2 = 46p
Groovy Food Company coconut oil = £6 per 283ml; 30g = 64p (it is much cheaper to buy this on Amazon. I buy this one)