Monday, July 9, 2018

gluten free, dairy free hot cross buns

This is the closest I have come to a dairy-free brioche! I modified my brioche recipe to make a Greek Easter Bread and Hot Cross Buns. It worked well and my only complaint is that the buns/bread deflated a bit post-cooling. I would add a bit of psyllium husk next time and see if that helped create a more robust crumb. 

The buns were stellar, the Greek Bread had too much lemon oil, so I think it could work well if you just omitted that one pesky ingredient. This technique doesn't require an overnight proof, but I find it easier to work with dough that has rested and had the time to build it's yeasties, especially if it is cooler out. (The extra yeast also means more flavor, so if you can let this sticky mess rest!)

 dairy-free brioche dough
1 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 cup arrowroot
1 1/4 cup corn starch
1 cup millet flour
3/4 cup potato starch
2 tbsp yeast
1 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp xathan gum
2  3/4 cup almond milk cup water
1/2 cup honey
4 eggs
1 cup canola oil

1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, with the paddle attachment at the ready. 
When you are ready to bake your bread(s) preheat the oven to 350F

2. Combine all the wet ingredients into a separate bowl and mix them until they are incorporated. 
3. With the paddle attachment on the lowest setting, gently mix the dry ingredients. Slowly pour in the wet ingredients.
4. Once all of the wet ingredients have been added in, turn the mixer up to high and mix for at least 5 minutes, stopping at least 2x to scrape down the bowl. 
The dough is going to be very very sticky and look quite wet. 
5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

6. Punch down the dough, divide it into 2 bowls, add in your flavorings. 
7. Shape the dough - since the dough is so soft and sticky a disher is the best for this
8. Allow it to proof - this is going to take 20-60 minutes depending on size and temperature of your house. 
9. Bake at 350F until golden brown and cooked through (~30min)

Greek Easter Bread add-ins
2 tbsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon oil (this was too much, should omit)
1 tbsp lemon juice

hot cross bun add-ins
1/4 cup chopped dried fruit
1 tbsp extract di sicily*
1 tbsp orange zest
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp lemon juice
*I not so secretly tried to recreate the flavors of panettone, so not super traditional, but they tasted great!

Hot Cross Bun Icing - 1/2 cup powdered sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, and a few drops of coconut milk until it just comes together. You want to squeeze it onto the buns while they are still warm. 

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