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Who can resist the warm, sweet spicy smell of fresh hot cross buns? Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter time treat. This sourdough hot cross bun recipe has no refined sugar and no commercial yeast.

My kids loved making these today, and they were our quick and easy lazy-mum dinner tonight.

To make these Easter buns you will need 1 cup of active sourdough starter. If you find yourself caught short, do not fear – you can add 2 teaspoons of commercial yeast to the warmed milk and add about another 1/2 cup of water.

Traditional Sourdough Hot Cross Buns
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These spiced Easter buns contain no refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 4 Hours
Traditional Sourdough Hot Cross Buns
Print Recipe
These spiced Easter buns contain no refined sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 4 Hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 20 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 4 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Buns
Instructions
  1. 8-12 hours before you want to make these buns feed up your sourdough starter with 1/2C flour and 1/3C water.
  2. In a pot put the milk and honey and heat to blood temperature.
  3. In a large bowl put all the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Combine all ingredients in the bowl and knead. Add up to an extra 1/2C water if required to get a soft dough. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes.
    Who can resist the yeasty, sweet, spicy smell of hot cross buns out of the oven? These traditional sourdough easter buns will not fail you. And they are refined sugar free.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and shape into buns.
    Who can resist the yeasty, sweet, spicy smell of hot cross buns out of the oven? These traditional sourdough easter buns will not fail you. And they are refined sugar free.
  6. I like to flatten them out and then fold all the edges underneath, leaving a smooth top.
  7. Place in a lined or very well greased pan, with 1/2 an inch gap between them. Cover with a damp tea towl and leave somewhere nice and warm to rise for 3-5 hours.
    Who can resist the yeasty, sweet, spicy smell of hot cross buns out of the oven? These traditional sourdough easter buns will not fail you. And they are refined sugar free.
  8. In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons of flour and 2-3 tablespoons of water to make a thick paste. Use a icing bag to make the crosses in the top.
    Who can resist the yeasty, sweet, spicy smell of hot cross buns out of the oven? These traditional sourdough easter buns will not fail you. And they are refined sugar free.
  9. Bake in a hot (380F / 200C) oven for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with a little honey. Return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  10. Serve fresh and warm with lashings of butter.
    Who can resist the yeasty, sweet, spicy smell of hot cross buns out of the oven? These traditional sourdough easter buns will not fail you. And they are refined sugar free.
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Dana is a homesteading, homeschooling mama to 3, based in the south of New Zealand.

She is a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach, and natural wellness expert, as well as a Registered Nurse, with post grad training in mothers and babies. She has struggled with infertility and PCOS and conceived all 3 babies naturally.

Dana is passionate about natural health and gentle parenting. With a background in well child / baby nursing she loves sharing what she knows with mamas, mamas-to-be and mama-want-to-be’s.

She enjoys getting out in the garden, or just sitting at the beach in the sun. Dana also blogs about fertility and pregnancy at naturalearthymama.com, coaches people through Simplyketogeniclife.com and creates meal plans for earthlarder.com

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