By Molly Robinson: Bare Nude Food
Hot Cross buns are a staple during Easter. Waking up to the smell of sweet currants in the oven on a Good Friday, served with lashings of butter and jam, wonderfully marking the end of lent. A moment during my childhood I craved for!
These sweet buns are a true test of time, with the first recorded recipes dating back to the 18th century. Of course with this great age comes traditions and plenty of mystery, from preventing shipwrecks, to protecting houses from catching alight, the humble Hot Cross Bun isn’t something to forget about.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the ingredients either. These tricky little fella’s are time consuming, a workout and should only be attempted by the baking mad! However, done just right and you have one very happy family on this Good Friday morning!
Today I want to introduce you to my simple, delicious and healthy bun recipe.
I hear you all gawking at the possibility! Being a beautiful tradition, I wanted to take on the Hot Cross Bun challenge - simplify it, modernise it, yet keep their historical meaning.
In this recipe I’ve introduced Change Chai’s Matcha Green Tea Chai as a replacement for the classic all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Sticking to traditions means that it’s important to have some spices included in the recipe, representing the spices used to embalm Jesus at his burial, the spices hold a rich meaning.
Matcha is a wonderful Japanese Superfood which contains an abundance of nutrients, boosting our health, and Change Chai’s Matcha Green Tea Chai holds subtle hints of cardamon and cinnamon, only enhancing the taste and significance.
Now let’s put on our pinnies, and bake something beautiful to signify the end of our abstinence.
Spiced Coconut & Matcha Hot Cross Buns
1) Place the flour, sugar, yeast, matcha and salt in a bowl
2) Whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk until well combined and then pour into the dried mixture
3) Mix well and tip in the cacao nibs
4) When mixed thoroughly, place in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film for an hour until the mixture has risen slightly
5) Now remove the sticky dough and knead, you will need plenty of flour on a board and your fingers! Do this for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes smooth and holds it shape.
6) Create 6 balls and place on a lined baking tray to sit for a further 30 mins, you’ll notice that the buns will rise again slightly during this time.
7) Now it’s time to make your crosses, combine all ingredients and roll into sausages and place on top of the buns. (Until you’re used to doing this you may find it a little tricky, using your fingers to help spread the crosses is fine if it helps you)
8) Now place in the oven at 180°C for 15mins until they become golden
9) Slice in half and smother with my Chia Seed Jam! (recipe here)
Store in an airtight container and toast each time you wish to eat them.
Bare Nude Tip: If you have some cashew nuts to hand, make some cashew nut butter by blending until smooth, and serve along side for some extra indulgence!