Hot Cross Buns – Gluten-free Easter Delight

Toasted Day Old Hot Cross BunsThese are the ones I tried today (March 9, 2013) with the 1/4 cup applesauce added. I like the extra moisture and taste :)
These are the ones I tried today (March 9, 2013) with the 1/4 cup applesauce added. I like the extra moisture and taste :)<br

Hot Cross Buns – GF< Click here for pdf version of GF Recipe
Marion’s Hot Cross Buns (Wheat)< Click here for the Original Recipe with Wheat

I’m about 4 blogs behind getting posted but I had to bump these Hot Cross Buns to the top because they were so good and last year I thought I would never get another toasted, fruity Hot Cross Bun the way I like to make them with wheat (There is a great recipe for the wheat version in Anne’s Favourites pg 96 and I will attach the pdf). Once I got the hamburger bun (a future blog) recipe developed a lightbulb went on and I just knew they would adapt to this Easter treat! I wish I would have thought about the Maple Syrup as the glaze before writing Anne's Favourites because it worked perfectly

The English muffin rings are available at The Kitchen Cupboard and Icebox http://www.kitchencupboardandicebox.com in Listowel at a really reasonable price. I bought 3 packages so I have 12. They are great for gluten-free baking, giving you an easy form to spread the dough into and edges to bake which really helps structurally and that is what you are missing without gluten. I use them to make sandwich/hamburger buns also.

I can't wait to make these again on the week-end and will try adding ¼ cup of applesauce to the dough and see how I like that. If you try these please let me know how they turn out for you.

Hot Cross Buns – Gluten-free
3/4 cup milk, scalded
1/4 cup melted margarine
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp honey
2 cups GF AP flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup whey powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp instant yeast
2 eggs
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins, I like to use some golden
1/4 cup mixed peel
1/4 cup candied cherries
maple syrup to brush tops
Scald milk and let cool with margarine, water and honey while measuring remaining
ingredients
Sift together GF all purpose and sweet rice flour, tapioca and potato starch, whey powder,
salt, xanthan gum, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Add yeast, eggs, cider vinegar and vanilla to lukewarm liquid ingredients.
Pour in sifted dry ingredients and mix on low until combined. Scrape bowl and mix on
medium speed for 4 minutes.
During last minute of mixing add raisins, peel and cherries and combine thoroughly.
Scoop into 11 or 12 English muffin rings and spread as evenly as you can sealing to the
edges. Let rise uncovered for about an hour until it reaches the top of the pan
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes until nicely browned and internal temperature
is at least 200 degrees F. Brush immediately with maple syrup if glaze is desired.
You may pipe the cross on with some butter icing if you like.

Wonder Food… Baked Sweet Potato!

It amazes me how many wonderful new flavours I continue to discover. At Matanza’s Inn Restaurant in Fort Myers Beach http://matanzas.com/restaurant/ we had a lovely seafood dinner overlooking the water. They served baked sweet potato* with the fish. It had the most intense flavour and was so sweet I asked if they had somehow already added brown sugar although it was still in the skin. They looked at me like I was nuts and assured me they had not. I thought it had to be a variety of sweet potato available only in the South.

When I got home I decided to try baking a sweet potato just to see how our regular grocery store variety would taste. I could not believe that the cooking method could make so much difference. How did I never hear about this before??? Why did I find this out just after publishing Anne’s Favourites? I am glad to have this blog to share this wonder food with you. Not often you find a food this delicious that is packed full of vitamins!

There is no recipe to give you, simply wrap in foil and bake for about an hour at 375º F depending on the size. If I am not using the oven for the rest of the meal I will often precook the potato in the microwave for 5 minutes to heat it up before wrapping it and baking so you do not waste so much energy. Of course you can just bake them in the microwave but they do not develop quite as much flavour. Use any seasoning sparingly because it adds unnecessary calories or sodium.

Also great on the BBQ!

* http://homecooking.about.com/cs/productreviews/p/sweetpotato_pro.htm