If you're anything like me, when it comes to cooking, baking and creating any particular "special occasion food", you do it last minute. You know and are fully aware that said special occasion is approaching, nearing and almost here... and that along with it comes that special-occasion-food you love, but you still manage to actually put two and two together and go "Let's create a recipe a week early". Nup. It's just not how you roll. So it's last minute, you've got to work around public holiday shop closes, an just follow someone else's recipe, coz hey... You know it already works.
Hot Cross Buns.
One of my favourites. Every year I get so excited about them. I rarely eat grains and rarely eat bread, but when it's time for hot cross buns, I'm all over it!
So, today, Good Friday, of course everything is shut, except for Rusty's Markets in Cairns, which is the biggest freshest produce market we shop at weekly anyway. However all the regular bread + baked goods guys had zero hot cross buns! WHAT THE?!? Do they not know how freaking amazing these little buns (essentially raisin toast in a bun) are?!? We wait all year for them!
So, I asked my friend who works at the organic grocery store if they had them and yep they do. Gluten free or Spelt! So, that's my mission tomorrow!
However, as I adore these little lumps of joy slathered in ghee so so much, I'm also going to make my own! And as I have no interest in trying to recreate my own version of a classic, that so many other food bloggers have already done so well, I only need to decide which recipe I'm going to make.
Here are my favourites... Which would you choose?
1 cup almond meal
1 3/4 cup spelt flour
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/2 cup warm cashew mylk
Pinch vanilla bean powder
1 organic free range egg
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (+ 1 tsp)
100g dark chocolate*
1 tsp yeast
2 cups almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup 100% maple syrup or honey
250 grams grass fed butter melted (or ghee or coconut oil)
2 apples peeled and grated (we used granny smiths)
3/4 cup of unsweetened sultanas (or raisins, be sure to check for nasties!).
2 tsp. nutmeg
3 tsp. cinnamon
500g gluten free plain flour
500g gluten free plain flour
75g coconut sugar
7g instant yeast
3g xanthan gum (you can find this in the health isle at your supermarket)
1 tsp himalayan sea salt
2 1/2 oranges (or 100ml of orange juice)
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
50g coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp coconut oil extra
125g dried figs, chopped
50g mixed peel
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp all spice)
So there you go. These three are my pick of the bunch I have seen floating around the interwebs. I can vouch for The Merry Maker Sisters recipe as I know I made it last year. The others look amazing, and Nicole's is obviously a twist on a favourite. Who knows.... It wouldn't be the first time my kitchen is overloaded with hot cross buns if I were to make all three... :)
Have a Safe and Happy Easter. Enjoy your treats. But don't over do it. And if you know gluten, dairy or sugar upset you in some way, just don't eat them. Get creative and find a recipe you can make that will support where your health is at right now.