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Lemon and Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

Is there an age when ‘dirty jokes’ are no longer funny?

When instead of giggling at the mention of the word butt you cringe and look around to make sure no one else could hear.

When you hear a rude joke and instead of thinking it’s funny you consider it for it’s #metoo implications and wonder why people ever thought it was OK to belittle another person.

When you’d rather be curled up watching Downton Abbey than listening to a loud, crass comedian talk about their body parts.

I think I’ve hit that age…or at least I thought I had.

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

As I age I am slowly rapidly turning into an old prune, maybe even bypassing my Mother and turning into my Grandmother. I stop watching a show when there’s more nudity than clothes, I glaze over when someone starts to explain a new videogame to me (is that even what they’re called any more?) and I buy the most practical and boring underwear that comes in a 3 pack for $10.

Boring AF (did I mention that although my tolerance for d@#k jokes has decreased my swearing has increased. I blame this on chronic sleep deprivation and trying to raise 3 kids with very selective hearing i.e. they can hear everything else but my voice).

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

But then I had a moment last week that made me realise there’s hope for me yet. Maybe I don’t need to go out and buy a lace petticoat after all.

I was out for a run and came across a street name I’d not seen before…and it made me giggle. Not a lot, but enough to know that there’s still a spark of juvenile fun left in me yet.

Kum Street.

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

Yep, I was 13 again and back in Health Class learning about the things that made us all blush and cringe. Still a immature adolescent at heart after all!

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

Something you can never get too old for is celebrating holidays, and of course the food that goes along with it.

These Lemon and Blueberry Hot Cross Buns are a delicious take on a traditional Easter Treat. They have the magic combination of tart lemon with sweet blueberries, with a little #hiddenveggies thrown in for good measure.

These Lemon and Blueberry Hot Cross Buns are made the same as all my Hot Cross Buns (and there are heaps. Check them out here in my Easter eBook). A dough is made and kneaded, it rises then it is made into 8 buns. The blueberries and added just before making them into balls and you can use fresh or frozen.

The best part of these Lemon and Blueberry Hot Cross Buns is eating them hot and that’s all because of the lemon glaze that you pour over the buns as soon as they’ve come out of the oven. My traditional hot cross buns use a glaze made from water and sweetener, but these are coated in a tart lemon syrup that gives the buns a zing that you do not want to leave off.

Lemon and Bluebrry Hot Cross Buns

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Lemon & Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Rising Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Easter
Keyword: Hot Cross Buns
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Lemon & Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

  • 3/4 Cup + 1 teaspoon Coconut Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cups plus 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot plus 1/4 cup extra for kneading
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Yeast
  • 3/4 Cup minus 1 Tablespoon Warm Milk of choice
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
  • 1 Egg or replacer
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup grated Zucchini squeezed to remove the excess water
  • Zest of 1-2 Lemons depending on size
  • 1 Cup Blueberries I used frozen

Cross Paste

  • 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocont Flour
  • 2 – 21/2 Tablespoons Water

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Zest of 1 Lemon

Instructions

Lemon & Blueberry Hot Cross Buns

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and lightly whisk together.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (including the zucchini) and lightly whisk.
  • Make a small well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Mix together with a large spoon or the kneading attachment of a kitchen stand mixer until the dough comes together. DO NOT add in the blueberries yet.
  • Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes on a well greased surface using the additional arrowroot. The dough will be sticky and not behave like normal dough. Use additional arrowroot to prevent the dough from sticking and incorporate it into the dough.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel. Place in a warm place to prove for 1 1/2 hours. If the wether is warm find a place free from the wind, or if it is average use your car boot. If desperate, preheat the oven to 70C, then turn off the oven and place the bowl inside leaving the door ajar.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line and grease a baking tray.
  • Gently fold in the blueberries into the dough.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal balls (give them a squeeze to compress the dough together) and place, close together, on the baking tray.
  • Place the tray in a warm place (the same as before) for 30 minutes. If you used the oven for the initial rising then do not preheat the oven until the 2nd rising stage is complete.
  • After 30 minutes, make the cross plaste and place into a zip lock bag and make a small cut at 1 corner. Make crosses over each bun.
  • Bake in the hot oven for 25 to 30 minutes and remove. The buns will be slightly brown on top and have a firm bottom.
  • With 5 minutes left of baking, make the lemon glaze (see below) and immediately baste the hot cross buns with the glaze when removed from the oven.
  • The hot cross buns taste best warm, and can be reheated once cooled. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They can also be freezed.

Cross Paste

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the water whilst stirring. The paste will
  • become quite thick like concrete.
  • Place the paste in a ziplock bag or piping bag. Alternatively, you can use the edge of a knife or a tablespoon to drizzle the paste on.

Lemon Glaze

  • Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil whilst whisking.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for 3 minutes to thicken slightly.
  • Use immediately.

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