Paleo Hot Crossed Buns

Hot Cross Buns

  • Author: Holley -


Not for the inexperienced baker, but so worth the effort!



Cross Dough

  • 2 Tbsp crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 egg white (yes, you will have 10 egg yolks, I’ll come up with something delicious to do with those! Don’t you worry!)

Candied Citrus

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/4 cup water **Keep 1 cup of the water from the candied citrus rind to make the gelatine for the bread
  • 1/4 cup honey

Brittney Angell’s Sandwich Bread Recipe

  • **REDUCE Coconut flour by 3 Tbsp replace with
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup diced dried fruit and nuts (without sugar of course) Macadamia, sunflower seeds, golden raisin, cherries, mulberries
  • 1/4 cup paleo candied citrus rind   **Use Candied Citrus rind water to make gelatine.


Cross Dough

  1. Put Crushed Pineapple, Coconut oil, Coconut flour and Egg white in a food processor or blender, pulse until smooth. The smoother you make it the nicer the crosses.
  2. Put into a pastry bag, or plastic bag for piping, set aside.

Candied Citrus

  1. Wash the Lemon Lime and Orange, I feel better buying Organic for these sort of things.
  2. Grate or zest the fruit, I used a cheese grater and used short strokes so the pieces weren’t too long (you can do this right into the pot).
  3. Add 1 1/4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 min, until rind is tender.
  5. Drain water into a measuring cup, you need 1 cup hot but not boiling water for the gelatine in the bread recipe.  Measure it out, and set aside. If the water is too hot you will end up with jelly chunks in your buns (I think there is a joke in there too, but I can’t find it either, I need some sleep!).
  6. Add the honey, and simmer on low-medium heat, stirring regularly this will take approx 30 min of simmering and stirring until it takes on a sticky candy texture.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Preheat oven 375F.

Now you are Ready to start the Bread Base, go to

  1. A few tips: I freeze my shortening, (actually used grass-fed organic butter, ANOTHER substitution!) and then grate it into the flour mixture instead of cutting it in.
  2. I REDUCED Coconut flour by 3 tbsp and replaced with
  3. 2 Tbsp cinnamon.
  4. 1 Tbsp nutmeg.
  5. Just before adding the apple cider vinegar I added the diced dried fruit and candied citrus, folding it all together.
  6. With oiled hands (I used avocado oil) I formed the bread into balls, a little smaller than a baseball and dropped them into a silicone muffin pan, but a regular lightly greased pan would work.
  7. Put the Buns in your preheated oven and bake for 10 min.
  8. Now you are ready to cross those buns! Pipe crosses over each bun
  9. Lower heat to 350F and bake for another 25 min, until they are firm to touch but still give way, like pressing on the part of your hand between index finger and thumb
  10. Allow to cool COMPLETELY.
  11. Just like the bread, once completely cooled, store in a plastic bag on the counter, do not refrigerate!  You can freeze them.

  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Oven
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