Hot Cross Bun recipe roundup

Following on from our Hot Cross Bun reviews – Part 1 – Which hot cross buns to buy at the supermarket and Part 2 – Are bakery hot cross buns better? there were so many of you that commented that you were just going to make your own now.

You were fed up with manufacturers using ingredients that didn’t put your health first.  So, for those of you that don’t have an amazing bakery that uses real wholefood ingredients close by and would like to give it a go yourselves this year, I have included a round up for your below. 

There are so many different dietary preferences, so I have tried to include a recipe for the main preferences.   Let’s send a message back to the manufacturers that we will vote with our dollars.  If they can’t make products that put our health first, we won’t buy what they have to offer.  When profits are down, they will start investigating the reasons why. 

In these recipes you will see that there aren’t too many ingredients in comparison to the processed versions in the supermarket.  The recipes have good quality fats and oils, no emulsifiers, no antioxidants, no thickeners / gums, no preservatives, no flavours (only natural ones!).  I will tell you where I shop for my ingredients too!

Traditional hot cross buns

Donna Hay is one of Australia’s best selling cookbook authors.  I find that I have baked sooooo many of her recipes and they are always a winner and come out perfect every time.  This is the recipe I have used in the past (it has been a few years though!).  I will be pulling it out again this year.  

Thermomix hot cross buns

I know that many of you in our Additive Free Kids community are thermomix lovers.  This is one of my thermomix specific recipes that I also love.  I know many of you in the community have recommended this particular recipe also.  

Decadent hot cross buns

Sometimes we want something a little decadent.  To take it up to the next level.  I like to go to a bit extra effort if I am having people over or taking a plate out to celebrate somewhere.  These hot cross buns are next level.  Delicious recipes always deliver! This recipe calls for dark chocolate.  Make sure you look out for the dark chocolate with no additives. You should be able to find a dark chocolate that has only: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter and perhaps vanilla (not vanilla extract).  

Sourdough hot cross buns

For those that use make their own sourdough bread, you may be interested in making sourdough hot cross buns.  The great thing about this recipe is that even if you don’t have a sourdough culture you can make sourdough hot cross buns with little fuss. Obviously this will take much longer to make than the other hot cross buns. If you don’t mind slow cooking and getting back to basics, this recipe might be for you.

Yeast free hot cross buns

These Well Nourished hot cross buns (muffins) have moved away from the traditional yeast leaven buns. Some people find that yeast affects their gut more so than the grain itself.    As Georgia explains, some people just don’t want to wait for the buns to prove, this recipe is quicker 🙂  Georgia also lists a few variations if you need to make these grain free, dairy free or low fructose. 

Gluten free and dairy free hot cross buns

I have spent some time over the last few years being gluten and dairy free.  There is no need to miss out, especially when Quirky cooking has amazing recipes.  Quirky Cooking was my go to resource during these times.  What I love about this recipes is that it doesn’t contain any gums (guar or xanthan) as so many gluten free recipes do.  This recipe is a thermomix one, however, Jo discusses at the end how you can use this recipe without a thermomix too. 

There were so many great hot cross bun recipes to choose from.  I didn’t want to bombard you though. I would love to know what you think of these recipes. 

I would love to see your results!! Please tag us in your baking efforts #additivefreekids #noadditives #additivefree

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Frankie Bell is the Managing Director of Additive Free Kids, a food coach, mentor and is one of Australia’s leading activists against additives in foods.  
Frankie is a mum to 5 boys and has personal experience working through the damaging effects of additives to resolve the multiple health issues and behavioural problems in her own children.  It became Frankie’s purpose to help other families achieve the same improvements for their families. 
These changes can be overwhelming, especially for time poor parents, Frankie has done all the hard work for families to ensure they have access to additive free food, anytime, anywhere.    Additive Free Kids specialises in assisting families to live healthy lives free from additives.  See how you can work together with Frankie here.