Gluten free hot cross buns

Introducing our delicious gluten-free hot cross buns recipe, inspired by the genius of Paul Hollywood. These fruity casseroles are not only irresistibly delicious, but thanks to a few clever swaps, they’re also completely wheat-free. Enjoy the heavenly taste of these classic treats without having to worry about gluten. Enriched with traditional spices and studded with juicy dried fruits, these hot cross buns are perfect for those with a gluten intolerance or anyone who wants to try alternative baking options. Treat yourself to a delicious serving of these delicious rolls that will satisfy your cravings while addressing your nutritional needs.


  • 300 ml whole milk, plus 2 tbsp more
  • 50g butter
  • 500g gluten and wheat free white bread flour (we used Doves Farm gluten and wheat free white bread flour)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 75g powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tsp rapid or rapid yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 75g sultanas
  • 50g mixed peel
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 30g gluten- and wheat-free flour, plus some flour for dusting
  • 3 tbsp apricot jam

Preparation steps

  1. Bring the milk to the boil, then remove from the heat and add the butter.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool until it reaches hand temperature.
  3. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast with the warm milk and egg in a mixer with a dough attachment or with a wooden spoon.
  4. Knead the dough together with your hands, but do not knead it.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
  7. Press a finger into the dough to see if it leaves a dent.
  8. Add olive oil, sultanas, mixed zest, orange peel, apple and cinnamon to the dough.
  9. Mix everything into the dough.
  10. Lightly oil your hands and divide the dough into 100g pieces.
  11. Roll each piece into a ball to form the buns.
  12. Let the rolls rise for another hour.
  13. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.
  14. Mix the flour with about 3 tablespoons of water to form a thick paste for the cross.
  15. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time while stirring.
  16. Pour the paste into a piping bag with a small nozzle.
  17. Run a line down each row of buns, then repeat the process in the other direction to form crosses.
  18. Bake the rolls on the middle shelf of the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  19. Gently heat the apricot jam until it melts.
  20. Sift the jam to remove any pieces.
  21. While the jam is still warm, spread it over the top of the warm rolls.
  22. Let the rolls cool.

Nutritional Information

226 4g 2g 41g 14g 2g 5g 0.5g

Equipment and tools

  • mixing bowl
  • sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Sharp knife
  • cooking brush
  • rolling pin

Allergen information

This recipe is gluten and wheat free. However, please note that it contains milk and eggs. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to substitute or omit any ingredients that may not suit your needs.

Storage and leftovers

Once baked, these gluten-free hot cross buns can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. For longer storage, freeze the rolls in a sealed bag or container for up to 1 month. To enjoy leftover rolls, simply warm them in a toaster or oven until warmed through.

Health Benefits of Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are traditionally enjoyed at Easter, but for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, indulging in this treat may seem impossible. But fear not, because gluten-free hot cross buns will satisfy your cravings. Not only are they delicious, but they also have several health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at why opting for gluten-free hot cross buns can be a good choice for your well-being.

1. Gluten-free flour

The main difference between regular hot cross buns and gluten-free hot cross buns is the choice of flour. By using gluten- and wheat-free white bread flour, such as: B. gluten- and wheat-free white bread flour from Doves Farm, these rolls are safe for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Avoiding gluten helps prevent damage to the small intestine, relieves digestive problems and promotes overall gut health.

2. Nutrient-rich ingredients

Gluten-free hot cross buns are packed with nutrient-dense ingredients that contribute to your well-being. For example, sultanas and mixed peels provide fiber, antioxidants and essential micronutrients. The addition of an apple adds vitamins, minerals and fiber, further improving the nutritional profile of these rolls. In addition, orange peels not only provide a burst of flavor, but also provide immune-boosting vitamin C.

3. Less sugar

Compared to traditional hot cross buns, gluten-free versions often contain less sugar, making them a healthier choice. By using just 75g of powdered sugar in the recipe, you can enjoy the sweetness of these rolls without overwhelming your taste buds or causing your blood sugar levels to spike excessively.

4. Reduced fat content

Using 50g of butter in this recipe ensures a moderate amount of fat and contributes to the texture and flavor of the rolls. However, compared to some traditional recipes that use larger amounts of butter or other fats, gluten-free hot cross buns have a lower fat content, which is beneficial for individuals seeking a healthier diet.

5. Apricot Jam Boost

The finishing touch of spreading apricot jam on these gluten-free hot cross buns not only makes for a delicious glaze, but also offers some potential health benefits. Apricots are rich in vitamins A and C, fiber and antioxidants, which are essential for maintaining healthy skin, eye health and supporting a strong immune system.

Now that you know the health benefits of gluten-free hot cross buns, why not give them a try? Treat yourself to the flavors of Easter and prioritize your well-being with this delicious gluten-free alternative.

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