Are you wondering how to make moist Spelt Hot Cross Buns?

This Spelt Hot Cross Buns recipe was inspired by the Easter Hot Cross Buns recipe from Beatrix Bakes cookbook where the Easter buns recipe is moistened with raw puréed orange, in her book she mentions that she was inspired by a local Melbourne bakery Babka's shoo-fly buns.

I tweaked and adapted to include a few of my favourite ingredients and twists; including white Spelt flour, oat milk and cranberries. I have also only included half the quantity of sugar.

I love baking hot cross buns at home, they take a little time to prepare but are well worth the effort. I must warn you that this recipe is dangerously good, you may want to indulge and eat at least three hot cross buns straight from the oven. A perfect spelt flour recipe to try baking over the Easter break.

Prep. Time Takes = 35 mins
Resting Time Takes = about 100-120 mins
Bakes = 15-20 mins
Makes = 12 buns

Ingredients

  • White Spelt Flour – 520g
  • Instant Yeast – 10g (1.5 packets)
  • Warm oat milk (or whole milk) – 200ml
  • Caster Sugar – 30g
  • Salt – 10g
  • Unsalted butter – 75g
  • Oranges – 2
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • Sultanas, currants and dried cranberries – 150g
  • Extra flour for dusting
  • A little oil for adding to plastic and hands

Cross Batter

  • Vegetable oil – 10ml
  • Flour – 60g
  • Water – 50ml
  • Icing sugar – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • piping bag + small plain nozzle

Glaze

  • Orange zest – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 50ml
  • Castor sugar – 50g
  • Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp

Method

  1. ZEST one of the oranges and juice.
  2. POUR 30ml of orange juice into a small bowl and add the dried fruit. Save the extra juice for later on.
  3. REMOVE the top and bottom of the second orange. Slice and remove any seeds. Puree the total chopped orange in a blender or food processor, place in a small bowl for later on. This should weight 250g, add balance of orange juice to equal this quantity.
  4. ADD dried yeast and warm milk together and stir until the yeast is dissolved.
  5. ADD flour, sugar, spices and salt and whisk slightly to combine.
  6. THROW all the flour mix into the stand mixer bowl, then add the softened butter and pureed orange and using a dough hook attachment starting on low then increase to level 2 and combine for about 10mins.
  7. ADD the dried fruit and combine a little until together for an additional 5 minutes. The dough will be sticky and loose but should be shiny and smooth and coming away from the sides of your mixing bowl.
  8. PLACE the dough ball into a large greased with a little oil in the bowl to prove for 1 hours in a warm spot until doubled in size and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Check after an hour and if not doubled you may need to leave for more time. The time can vary depending on the room temperature and the flour used.
  9. THEN remove the dough from the bowl onto a floured bench. You may need to add flour to our hands and the dough ball to make it easy for split into your 12 balls. Use a set of kitchen scales to measure out the dough evenly. Approx. 110g. Place onto your  buns in a 3 x 4 formation, on a 30 x 40cm (12x16inch) baking tray lined with baking paper. Space each ball about 2cm apart to allow for spreading.
  10. REMOVE any of the dried fruit that is poking out to avoid fruit burning.
  11. SPRAY a little olive oil to the plastic or top of the dough balls before covering it with plastic wrap. Rest again in a warm spot for 45-60mins for the second proving. If you'd like them for breakfast the next day. Prepare up to this point cover and rest in the fridge overnight. Remove 30 minutes before baking so the buns are at room temperature add the piping and bake.
  12. PREPARE the batter for the cross. In a small bowl add oil, water and flour and mix with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth. Spoon this mixture into a piping bag ready to pipe before the buns are baked.
  13. PREHEAT the oven to 190˚C.
  14. PIPE the cross batter in a thin line through the centre on the buns and back over the other side to create a cross on each bun. (see the video for further instructions if needed, I now like a X instead of a cross just for fun and to be less cross like).
  15. Bake the buns for 15-20 mins.
  16. GLAZE add water and sugar to a small saucepan and heat on low for about 30 secs until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool slightly before adding the zest and vanilla extract. This ready to glaze the buns once they are cooked.
  17. CHECK the buns in the oven at 10 minutes in case they are burning, rotate the tray if needed, once cooked remove then glaze each bun straight away with the sugar syrup using a pastry brush.
  18. COOL the buns for at least 30 mins before eating. I can never wait this long.
  19. STORE the buns are best eaten on the day or perfect for toasting the day after. Or after baking and cooling wrap and pop into the freezer to enjoy later on. Remove from freezer and defrost before toasting or re-heating.