Vegan Chai Hot Cross Buns

by Mihl
Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Hey guys! I am back with another post that was rather popular on my Instagram feed. Today I share a recipe for fluffy, soft, and aromatic Hot Cross Buns. These lovely rolls aren’t a thing in Germany at all and I first saw them years ago when I started to read English vegan blogs. I’ve always wanted to veganise them but every year I forgot. So now it’s finally the time!

Usually I am very confident with recipes like this. Hot Cross Buns are made from an enriched yeast dough and after all these years of baking I can make this kind of dough in my sleep. With these buns I wasn’t quite so sure because I have never tasted them before! I guess that’s why I went a bit overboard and soaked my raisins in whisky and added chai spice to the dough.

I was very happy with the result! Even though I used mostly whole spelt flour, the buns came out so soft and fluffy! The whisky goes very well with the chai spice. If you don’t like alcohol, you can soak the raisins in apple juice. Also, these can be frozen right after baking and if you thaw them they are still light and fluffy. You don’t have to reheat them.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns

By the way I just celebrated my 12 vegan anniversary, which also means that the blog has been here for 12 years! What a different time that was. Vegan blogs were few and we basically all knew each other. I spent a lot of time on here, to post recipes and write down stories that belonged to those recipes. I also read a lot of other blogs and found the community very helpful, especially from a German perspective. With the help of an international community veganism stuck and  I learned so much about baking and cooking. And I found Hot Cross Buns.

Vegan Chai Hot Cross Buns

These Vegan Chai Hot Cross Buns are made with whole spelt flour and chai spice. They are soft and fluffy ans can be frozen and thawed. Print
Serves: 12
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


For the buns:

    • 100 g raisins
    • 4 tablespoons whisky
    • 300g whole spelt flour
    • 200g all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 50 g sugar
    • 350 ml lukewarm soy milk
    • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
    • 70 g margarine or oil
    • 2 teaspoons chai spice

For the crosses:

    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the glaze:

  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Combine raisins and whisky and soak for several hours or overnight.
Drain raisins and set aside.
For the buns, combine flours, salt, and sugar.
Add milk and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes.
Add margarine, spice and raisins and knead until everything is completely incorporated. A couple of raisins will fall out of the dough. That is okay.
Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has almost doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a 20 x 20 cm baking pan with parchment paper (or grease it).
Divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces, roll into balls, and place them in the pan.
Cover and let them sit for 30 minutes.
Combine all ingredients for the crosses and place the paste in a pastry bag with a round tip.
Pipe crosses onto the buns and place baking pan in the oven.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Combine sugar and water for the glaze and brush the hot buns with the glaze.
Let cool completely before serving.



Christine April 9, 2020 - 08:03

Just taken mine out of the oven😋😋

Reply April 21, 2019 - 20:30

I just made these, they are super tasty!!

Hot cross buns are also not a thing in Sweden, and I’ve been missing them ever since I moved here.
Thanks for the recipe!

Mihl May 3, 2019 - 08:59

Thank you for trying the recipe!

johanna @ green gourmet giraffe April 9, 2019 - 11:49

Congratulations on 12 years of vegan – I like how you made a dozen hot cross buns to celebrate. We love HCBs (as we call them) in my family. I bake them each easter and can’t wait to bake a batch this year. I particularly love them hot with butter (or margarine) melting into them. I miss the old days of blogging but I think it was so intense that people tended to burn out but it did mean great friendships and advice. These days of social media can seem a little impersonal compared to old style blogging.

Mihl May 3, 2019 - 09:00

Thank you, Johanna! You are very right about blogging being very impersonal these days, and also commercial in many cases; i guess. I am glad your blog still exists!


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