This year the Australian Coeliac Awareness Week, awareness of the need to maintain a gluten free diet to manage the disease, co-incides with the lead up to Easter. One of the hardest things for thiose maintaining a gluten free diet is the scarcity of those items they enjoyed prior to becoming diganosed with the need to be gluten free, click this link for more information on gluten intolerance.
Here is a great recipe for making gluten free hot cross buns, you don’t need to miss out if you are gluten intolerant.
This recipe uses a bread maker. Place the following ingredients into your bread make in this order:
- 180ml water
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of orange rind
- 3 teaspoons of spice (a combination of mixed spice, cinnamon and nutmeg)
- 3 cups of gluten free bread mix (several commercial gluten free bread mixes are available at your supermarket)
- 6 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of guar gum (available from health food store or supermarket)
- 2 tablespoons of milk powder
- 75 gms of butter cubed
- 2 teaspoons of Active GF yeast or 1 teaspoon
Set your bread-maker to raisin dough and when it beeps add 3/4 cup of raisins. If your bread-maker doesn’t have this setting just set it to basic dough, add the raisins 15 minutes before the kneading is finished and take out the dough when the kneeding stops.
When the kneading is completed spoon and shape “bun sized” portions of the dough onto a greased or baking paper lined baking tray, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until they double in size.
To make the crosses of the hot cross buns:
- 1/2 cup of sifted plain gluten free flour
- 1/2 cup of water
Stir until smooth and then fill a piping bag and pipe a cross onto each bun when they are risen and ready for the oven.
Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 – 12 minutes
When cooked glaze the cooked gluten free hot cross buns with a syrup made from equal amounts of water and castor sugar.
There is no reason for not enjoying tasty Easter treats just because you need to maintain a gluten free diet.
Happy Easter baking.