Springtime Buns Recipe


Hot cross buns are typically associated with Easter, but it’s now bank holiday Monday so I guess we can now call it a springtime recipe!

(I’ve been eating hot cross buns since January so it’s an all-season snack for me!)

I read in the May issue of Healthy magazine a recipe using spelt flour for hot cross buns, and along with my recent interest in going vegan as seen in my last two posts (seen here & here), I decided to do some further research and take inspiration from what I found.

This recipe creates 12-15 buns, and I decided not to add the famous cross on the hot cross buns for time convenience, but that’s up to you.


buns recipe

Springtime Buns

Yields 12-15 buns



  • 500 g Soft Spelt Flour
  • 350 g Mixed Fruit
  • 1 Small Packet of Active Yeast
  • 100 ml Orange Juice
  • 1 tbsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 250 ml Soya Milk
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil


  • 3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 2 tbsp Water


  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 50 ml Orange Juice


  1. Warm up soya milk in the microwave for 1 minute, then add the yeast and sugar and mix until the yeast starts to bubble.
  2. Place flour, cinnamon, mixed spice and fruit into a bowl. Stir that together before creating a hole in the middle of the mixture.
  3. Add oil, orange juice and the heated soya milk into the hole.
  4. Mix the ingredients together until you have formed the dough for the buns. This will be relatively sticky in texture, yet also quite soft.
  5. Knead this into a ball and cover in cling film to rise for 1 hour.
  6. After an hour has passed, knead the dough once again.
  7. Separate the dough into 12-15 balls/buns and place onto a baking tray.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6.
  9. Cover the baking tray with cling film and leave to rise for another 45 minutes- 1 hour.
  10. Warm the orange juice for the glaze in the microwave for 1 minute. Add the sugar to the juice and stir until it dissolves.
  11. Using a pastry brush, glaze each of the buns with the orange juice mixture.
  12. Place the buns in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. You may need slightly longer/ slightly less time depending on your oven type!
  13. Take out of the oven once you can put a knife in the buns and it comes out clean.
  14. Enjoy! I like these buns toasted with a bit of non-dairy butter spread on them, but it’s up to you.

I hope you get to try out this recipe, and if you try it, tell me how it went!

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