Vegan Hot Cross Chocolate Buns for a happy Easter! Plant-based, no eggs, no dairy, and using chocolate instead of raisins!
Happy Easter, friends! Though this year the holidays are a bit different, we can still celebrate with good food, right? I will admit, it is strange not being able to visit family and share the food. This year I didn’t even go ingredient-shopping to bake or cook traditional food. We’ll make do with pantry meals.
And one of the traditional Easter holiday dishes is Hot Cross Buns!
To make it plant-based, we ditched butter, milk, and eggs and replaced them with plant-based alternatives. And because we don’t like the traditional raisin filling, we replaced that with vegan chocolate chips made of dark chocolate!
These Vegan Hot Cross Chocolate Buns are absolutely delicious, and you can make them with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! So no need to run to the store, just roll up your sleeves and start baking!
Oh, and please don’t be discouraged by the long prepping time – most of that is just waiting around for the dough to rise. We promise it’s totally worth it.
Vegan Hot Cross Chocolate Buns
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours50 minutes
Vegan Hot Cross Chocolate Buns for a happy Easter! Plant-based, no eggs, no dairy and using chocolate instead of raisins!
1 1/3 (300 ml) plant-based milk
50 grams of vegan butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups (500 grams) all-purpose flour
7 grams dry yeast
1/3 cup (65 grams) caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup (70 grams) flour
5-6 tbsp water
3 tbsp maple syrup
In a saucepan, heat up plant-based milk, then add in vegan butter and vanilla. Remove from heat and let the butter dissolve and the milk come to room temperature.
In a mixing bowl combine flour, dry yeast, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the milk with butter. Mix to combine, then drop the dough on the counter, dusted with flour, and knead thoroughly for about 7 minutes, until the dough is shiny and elastic.
Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about 2 hours, or until the dough has risen and doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, remove it from the bowl and turn it back on your counter. Flatten it out with a rolling pin to a large rectangle. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the dough generously, then shape the dough into a ball again and let rise covered another hour.
Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Turn the dough on your counter one last time and cut into 12 even-sized pieces. Roll each dough piece into a ball and place on the baking tray, leaving a space of about 2 cm (1 inch) between them, as the dough will rise. Cover the buns with a towel and let rise for about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Before baking add the crosses to the buns: In a small bowl, mix flour with about 5 tablespoons of water (add the water by the tablespoon until your dough is the right texture). Your dough should be paste-like, but not too liquid. Fill a piping bag with the flour paste and pipe crosses across the buns.
Place the baking tray in a preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the buns are a golden brown color. During baking, the crosses will remain white, while the dough will change color.
Once baked, remove from the oven and set on a cooling rack. While still hot, spread the buns with some maple syrup for shine. Heating the maple syrup a bit will make it more easily spreadable.
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