Good Friday Traditions: My Magical Matcha Hot Cross Buns

Matcha Hot Cross Buns

My Easter memories are studded with freshly baked, spiced hot cross buns. My mom and grandma never failed to whip up a delicious batch the night before.  I bet most of you have similar stories to share.

However, have you ever wondered how hot cross buns became the ‘poster child’ of Easter treats?

I did some sleuthing and found out that these baked goodies became popular way back in 12th century England. Its history is shrouded in superstitious beliefs, religious traditions, and myths. Many people believed that these spiced buns carried supernatural traits and healing properties.

Considering that I already conquered the Easter classic last year, I was in the mood to add a joycified twist this year. After all, it’s the season of new beginnings.

My hot cross buns might not have magical traits, but they do have a superpower—matcha.

Not only is this superfood highly nutritious, but it brings a sophisticated flair to this divine dessert. I also love how the white crosses pop out against its natural green hues.

So what else is inside these beautiful buns?

These traditional treats get a modern twist with a subtle grassy matcha flavor that harmonizes with the zingy taste of Yuzu jam. Adding to the mix are my favorite vegan-centric baking staples. Together, these ingredients create some super light and fluffy melt-in-your-mouth buns.  The eastern flavors work well with my Lebanese zaatar filling. Yum!

The best part of this simple recipe is its versatility.  Feel free to swap Yuzu jam with a fruity flavor of your liking. Or, stuff it with cranberry and chocolate filling for an extra sweet taste. There are endless possibilities to try here. It all depends on your taste buds.

I hope that my innovative renditions bring you great joy this festive season and encourage you to take the leap of faith as you whisk away.

Happy Easter, Everyone!

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Matcha Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday Traditions: My Magical Matcha Hot Cross Buns

These traditional treats get a modern twist with a subtle grassy matcha flavor that harmonizes with the zingy taste of Yuzu jam.

  • Prep Time: 20 MINS
  • Cook Time: 15 MINS + proofing time: 1 ½ HOUR
  • Total Time: 2 ½ HOURS
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Author:
  • Joyce Mrad

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup plant-based butter (softened)
  • 1 cup almond milk (warm)
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tbsp matcha powder
  • 3 Tbsp yuzu jam for brushing on top

Cross topping:

  • 75 g all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Boil the milk and then add butter into it. Set aside to cool until it reaches hand temperature.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Pour the milk into the mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Dust your countertop with flour to knead the dough. (10 mins)
  4. Grease the mixing bowl with oil before putting the dough back. Cover bowl with a tea towel and set aside to rise. (Up to 2 hrs.)
  5. Slice the dough into 9 pieces and roll them into balls.
  6. Assemble the balls– a few inches apart– on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  7. Cover the tray and leave to prove until they’re doubled in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  9. Create a paste with flour and 5 tbsp. of water. Put it into a piping bag.
  10. Score a cross on top of each bun with a sharp, floured knife. Pipe a cross on those cuts.
  11. Pop them in the oven to bake. (12-15 mins or until golden)
  12. Brush 2 Tbsp of yuzu jam all over the buns.*

Notes

Feel free to swap Yuzu jam with a fruity flavor of your liking.

Keywords: Hot cross buns, matcha hot cross buns, matcha, Easter bread

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