Banoffee Hot Cross Buns

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Banoffee Hot Cross Buns

Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • ¾ cup plant-based milk almond, soy, or oat
  • ¼ cup dairy-free butter
  • tsp active dry yeast 1 packet
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup banana puree about 2 medium bananas

Caramel Filling:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk full-fat
  • ½ cup dairy-free butter

Chocolate Cross:

  • ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions
 

Prepare the Dough:

  • In a small saucepan, heat the plant-based milk and dairy-free butter until warm (about 110°F). Remove from heat and sprinkle the yeast over the mixture. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add the banana puree and the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Prepare the Caramel Filling:

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted and golden brown.
  • Add the coconut milk and dairy-free butter, stirring continuously until smooth.
  • Let the caramel simmer for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool completely.

Assemble the Buns:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into 6 equal pieces.
  • Flatten each piece of dough and place a spoonful of the cooled caramel filling in the center.
  • Carefully seal the dough around the caramel, forming a ball.
  • Place the buns on a greased baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth, and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

Add the Chocolate Cross:

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dairy-free chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until smooth.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag or a plastic sandwich bag with a tiny corner snipped off.
  • Pipe a cross over the top of each bun.

Bake the Buns:

  • Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow the buns to cool slightly before serving.

Serve:

  • Serve the buns warm for the ultimate gooey caramel experience.

Notes

  • Plant-Based Milk: Ensure the milk is warm but not hot to activate the yeast properly.
  • Banana Puree: Use ripe bananas for the best sweetness and flavor.
  • Caramel Filling: Make sure the caramel is cool enough to handle when filling the buns.

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