Saturday, April 25, 2009

mmm.. sacrilicious...

frustrated by the presence of egg in every hot cross bun recipe i could find, i decided to improvise my own version!
(always a grand idea don't you think?!)
the result being my Sacrilicious Vegan Frankenbun recipe!

it's based on our usual wholemeal (or not) bun recipe, but with the essential eastery touches thrown in... into the breadmaker that is ;) so it's pretty easy too!

so just for my own records, and for anyone else desperate for a vegan hot cross bun recipe, here it is-

400ml tepid water
2 Tbsp oil (i like rice bran)
1 tsp salt
4 Tbsp brown sugar
4 cups flour (wholemeal or whatever)
2 Tbsp gluten flour (omit if you like, but don't blame me!)
2 Tbsp (soy) milk powder
1 heaped tsp of mixed spice
3 tsp "sure to rise" yeast
pop all above into breadmaker pan, in that order... turn on to dough cycle.

if your breadmaker has a special time to add fruit/nuts/whatever, chuck 1 cup of sultanas in at that point, otherwise around 30min into the process should be ok.

once the dough cycle has finished, divide the dough into bun blobs, knead a bit with floured hands, and place onto a greased tray...
leave to rise somewhere warm for 30min or until doubled in size..
bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees celsius for 12-15min or until cooked & golden brown.

For a glaze mix 2 tablespoons muscavado or brown sugar & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with 1/4 cup boiling water. Microwave for 2-5 minutes, however long is takes to get to a suitable brushable stickyness.. brush glaze over the top (and bottom if you like, i think it's worth it) of hot buns, then munch with plenty of dairy-esqe spread!

if you want to put crosses on, then find out how elsewhere, cos i don't know! ;-)

(if you want a nice wholemeal (or not) bun recipe, omit the sultanas & mixed spice, and swap the 4 Tbsp of brown sugar for 2 Tbsp of white.. and don't glaze it of course!)