Cheat's Hot Cross Buns

Last Easter, I made hot cross buns. Butttt, it took four batches to nail the recipe, and even then, it involved hours of prep time. This year, I wasn't having it. Life, as it is for most of us, was too hectic. So I looked for a ''cheat's" hot cross bun recipe and i found .... zip. So, this was born.

Drawing on my favourite yo-do recipe for pizzas, these hot cross buns take just 25 minutes from cupboard to mouth. Five minutes prep, 20 minutes in the oven, and 5 minutes until the whole batch has been devoured (I just can't resist their spicy doughy goodness!!!)

How has no one else come up with a recipe like this? Maybe because I'm a gluten free cooking god? Or, the more likely story, is a little confession: these buns aren't exactly like the traditional version. No, regardless of how much baking powder I added, the little balls of dough simply wouldn't puff up. (If you can solve this problemo, please let me know baking gods). However, the flavour was so spot on, I've decided to share the recipe with you anyway, dubbing it 'Hot Cross Cookies' - all the deliciousness of a hot cross bun, just served up in a smaller fashion - more resembling a chunky cookie. (Note: they still definitely have a bready bun texture rather than a cookie - it just seemed the most fitting name. Any other ideas?)

Hopefully you're still interested because trust me - they taste damn good. And a delicious #gf treat in just 20 minutes is something I'm certainly not going to say no too.

Without further ado, here's the recipe ...

'Cheat's' Hot Cross (Cookie) Buns

Makes ~10 Ingredients ¾ cup Greek yoghurt

1 ¼ cups GF self-raising flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ cup currants ¼ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1.5 teaspoons allspice

Cross 3 tablespoons GF plain flour 2 tablespoons reduced-fat milk


Preheat the oven to 190C.

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Dust your hands with some additional flour and roll into 10 small balls.

Mix the flour and water together to create a thick paste. Spoon this mixture into a small plastic bag (I use a snack-size zip lock bag) and cut a small snip off the corner.

Pipe two lines across each ball to form a cross.

Bake for 20 minutes, then enjoy warm.

[If eating the next day - wow you have self control - reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds for best results]