Easter is almost upon us! This is a time of year that means different things for different people. For me it is a time for family, for giving and sharing, and…for delicious treats!
There is one thing in particular, with its delicious cinnamon-y aroma and soft spongy texture, that I just go crazy for…a freshly baked, hot off the press, hot cross bun!
Growing up, my siblings and I were very spoilt as our mum is an absolute whizz in the kitchen. Every year she would bake a fresh batch of hot-cross bun heaven (raisins for me and my sister, choc-chips for my brother and eldest sister), which would be devoured in seconds…I don’t know about you, but in my opinion there isn’t much that can beat a lightly toasted hot-cross bun, slathered in butter, on a cold autumn day.
However…in the past couple of years my tummy has become extremely sensitive to many foods, and it really affects my health and comfort if I eat too much bread (sigh…). This is something that is becoming more and more common in today’s society, which probably has a lot to with all of the additives being slipped into our regular foods. But that’s an issue we’ll deal with at a later date…
So I decided I was going to find a way to enjoy my hot-cross bun fix, without harming my health…this is when the hot-cross bun pancake was born!
I love to experiment with my cooking (sometimes this doesn’t turn out so well, but it’s all in good fun), and this is something that took a while to perfect. I originally started with a rolled oat and yoghurt base, but found that this created a grainy texture and couldn’t be enjoyed by those with a dairy intolerance.
But with persistence and patience I have come up with a recipe that really ticks all the boxes:
✔ dairy free
✔ gluten free
✔ low sugar
✔ great texture
And now, my friends, I am going to share this recipe with you…
They’re really very simple to make, and don’t take a lot of preparation time. And the best part is, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating the whole lot yourself!!
I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!!