Grain-Free Hot Cross Buns

My mother loved hot cross buns and getting up early on Easter morning to watch the sun rise with hot chocolate in one hand and a hot cross bun in the other. (Pigs, Ferns and Easter Sunrise on Sacred Hilltops) So I have after several attempts, come up with a delicious rendition of GAPS and SCD friendly Hot Cross Buns. They are more like muffins, and a thick custard makes a tasty cross. This recipe will make about 18 buns.

For the buns:

For the custard:

  • 1 c cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1/2 t vanilla essence
  • dash salt

Method:
Cream butter and honey, add cashew butter, almond flour, spices, bk soda and salt and mix. Add eggs and beat, add raisins and chopped candied citrus peel.

Fill buttered muffin tins 2/3 full and bake in a 275 degree oven for 10 minutes or so. Cool, cut a cross in the top of the muffin and fill with custard.

Custard:
Heat the cream in a pan until scalded (just beginning to bubble). In a bowl that will fit on a pan with water (double boiler) whisk the egg yolks, cardamom, vanilla, salt and honey. Heat the double boiler.

When the cream is heated, pour a small amount into the yolks and whisk. Pour yolk and cream back into remaining cream while whisking. Place over double boiler and stir continuously while heating and cooking the mixture. When it is considerably thickened cool in a bowl of ice cold water while whisking so that it will not get lumpy. When cool spoon into the muffins where you have cut them.

These tasty treats can be eaten as is or with butter and do well in a picnic basket for an early morning sunrise greeting on top of a hill on Easter Sunday. Don’t forget the hot chocolate.

Variation:
For a simpler version for more everyday occasions simply leave out the candied citrus peel, add more raisins and enjoy as a breakfast muffin or make into a coffee-cake.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Lizma

    Hi,
    Your recipe looks delicious!
    Just one thing- i thought cream is not allowed on the GAPS DIET?

    1. hellaD

      Hey Lizma, cream is definitely allowed on GAPS diet.

  2. 6ddintx

    Is the baking really 275 degrees for 10 minutes? That seems like a short time and a low temp.

    Thanks for the great looking recipe. I can’t wait to make these for our first Grain free Easter!

    1. hellaD

      It is good to keep the oven lower when cooking nut recipes, but you may need to cook them longer than 10 minutes, maybe 15 or so, depends on the size of your muffins. Mine get a little too dark on the bottom, but my oven really sucks. Just be sure to poke one with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean before removing them from the oven.

  3. Becky D

    Just read your comment about my Flan…and had to come check out your Hot Cross Buns! I am SO making these for Easter Morning! The custard! The candied citrus peel! I’d make them right now if I had the cashew butter! (just added it to my grocery list! – it’s the only thing I’m missing.)
    Thanks for stopping by!

    1. hellaD

      Thanks! That is great, I was wanting to get this posted on time for Easter! We had our Easter early, which reminds me I was gonna put up a Easter recipe bloghop today, I better get on it 🙂

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