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Vegan Hot Cross Buns by Allinson's

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3 Reviews

  • Egg Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

About the bake

These vegan hot cross buns are so easy to make. They don't contain any dairy which makes them completely vegan. Hot cross buns are traditionally made around Easter time and this recipe will have the whole family enjoying a tasty tradition. These buns will last for 3 days in an airtight container. If you'd like to freeze them, slice them horizonally in half beforehand. This will make it easier to toast them straight from the oven without needing to defrost them first.

50Total Time
30Prep Time
20Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Gently heat the soya milk until it is tepid.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the yeast and sugar. The yeast will start to bubble after a couple of minutes.

  2. Step 2:

    Using a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, spices.  Stir in the sultanas or rasins and mixed peel.  Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and stir in the oil, yeast milk mixture and orange juice. 

  3. Step 3:

    Bring together the ingredients using your hands.  The dough will be soft and sticky. Add a little more water if you haven't yet reached this, or a little more flour until you feel the consistency is right.

  4. Step 4:

    Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and stretchy. 

    Lightly oil a bowl and place your dough in it. The oil will stop the dough from sticking to the sides as it proves. Cover with a damp teatowel and leave in the warmest room you have until it has doubled in size. 


  5. Step 5:

    When the dough has risen, knead for a further 10 minutes then divide into 12 or 15 equal size balls. Roll the dough into smooth balls and evenly space out on a large baking tray (30 x 40cm) lined with baking paper.  Cover with the damp tea towel and leave in a warm place until they have risen into roll sized buns.

  6. Step 6:

    Heat your oven to 200ºC/ 190ºc fan. While the oven is heating, it's time to make your crosses. Mix your flour with 2 tbsp water to form a thick paste.  Spoon into an icing bag and snip the corner. Slowly pipe along each row of buns, then repeat in the other direction.  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes on the middle shelf, until golden brown. 

  7. Step 7:

    To make the glaze, gently boil the sugar and fruit juice in a small pan for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken into a syrup.  Brush over the buns while they’re still hot.  Allow to set before serving.


  • For the Dough

    • 500g Allinson's Strong White Bread Flour
    • 250ml Soya milk
    • Sachet Allinson's easy bake yeast or time saver yeast
    • 2 tbsp Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 4 tsp Mixed spice
    • 100g Sultanas or rasins
    • 100g Mixed peel
    • 85ml Orange juice
  • For the Crosses

    • 3 tbsp Allinson's plain white flour
    • 2 tbsp Water
  • For the Glaze

    • 2 tbsp Sugar
    • 2 tbsp Orange juice


  • Piping bag

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