Healthy Hot Cross Buns

We have already heard about some smart snacking tips and tricks for Easter, but this holiday just wouldn’t be the same without the good old hot cross bun. With a long weekend looming, it’s the perfect time to get into the kitchen and fill the house with the amazing smells of dried fruit and spices. This delightful little treat will have your family and friends impressed, without the added refined sugar and white flour that the store-bought ones contain. Happy long weekend baking everyone!

Ingredients (makes 10)

2 cups wholemeal flour self raising

1tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp bicarb soda

½ cup sultanas

¼  cup dried ginger (chopped)

½ cup low fat milk

2 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

Zest of 1 orange

2 eggs (1 for glaze)

100g dark chocolate

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

2. Place dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, ginger, bicarb soda and dried fruit) in a large bowl and mix to combine.

3. Whisk together wet ingredients (oil, milk, honey, lemon juice, vanilla, orange zest) and one of the eggs in a large bowl.

4. Add the wet mix to the dry ingredients together and gentle fold until combined.

5. Turn the dough onto a clean, floured bench. Roll dough into 10 equal pieces using floured hands. Place buns on prepared baking tray.

6. Whisk the second egg, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top os the buns with the egg mixture.

7. For the cross, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave (5 second bursts and stir). Spoon the melted chocolate into a snap lock bag and cut a small bit out of one corner of the bag to create a piping bag. Pipe crosses over the top of buns before baking.

8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and when a skewer is inserted it comes out clean.

9. Enjoy!

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