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Pull Apart Hot Cross Buns

Who doesn't love a (clean-handed) pull apart bread?! This is a vegan, wholemeal, hot cross bun recipe with a low-sugar option, that's made in cake tins and easy to share.


  • 2.5 tsp yeast
  • 125ml soy milk, warm
  • 1/2 tbs caster sugar
  • 200g raisins
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100ml boiling water
  • 1 earl grey teabag 
  • 380g wholemeal plain flour or flour of choice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs baking sweetener or 2 tbs caster sugar 
  • Rind from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp egg replacement powder mixed with 2 tbs warm water
  • 120g vegan butter, cold
  • 75g plain flour 
  • Water, as needed
  • 1 tbs caster sugar
Hot Cross Buns
Vegan hot cross buns
Hot Cross Buns





  • Combine yeast, milk and sugar in a jug and mix. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine raisins, soda, water and the teabag, mix together and set aside.
  • Place flour, baking powder, salt, sweetener or sugar and rind in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add yeast mixture, raisin mixture, oil and vegan eggs, and mix on medium for 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  • Add butter and mix for a further minute on high. 
  • Place dough into a well oiled bowl, cover with two tea towels and leave in a warm place for 1 hour to rise.
  • After an hour, preheat the oven to approximately 190 degrees Celsius and oil two circular cake tins. 
  • Weigh the dough, then divide into 12 equal portions and place in a well oiled baking dish. Cover with a wet tea towel and leave to rise for 30 minutes.
  • Place flour in a small bowl, and add water until you have a thick paste.
  • Pour mixture into a piping bag and pipe crosses onto each bun.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until buns are brown and spring back when touched. 
  • Remove from the oven, then combine caster sugar with a splash of water and brush over warm buns. 
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. 
This is a recipe by
Sweet Lancey
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