Ostara Recipe - Healthy Hot Cross Buns with Protein
Hot Cross Buns are a traditional pastry often eaten during Easter. They are small, round rolls flavored with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and optionally filled with raisins or other dried fruits. On the top of the buns there is often a cross made of icing or dough, which we created in this recipe from A2 goat protein .
The origin of hot cross buns dates back to the 16th century in England, where they were eaten during Lent and on Good Friday. Today, hot cross buns are often eaten all year round, particularly in England, Australia, Canada and other countries with British influences. We serve them at Ostara ! You can find more information about the Ostara festival further down in this article.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius top and bottom heat
Ingredients for the dough
- 100 g buckwheat flour
- 100g oat flour
- 75g A2 goat protein
- 75 g coconut blossom sugar
- 2 organic eggs
- 50 ml olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 120 ml cashew milk
- 1 heaped tsp cream of tartar baking powder
- 1 teaspoon zest of an organic lemon/orange
- 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg / cloves (optional)
- 1 handful of raisins (optional)
Ingredients for the glaze
- 1 tbsp A2 goat protein
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or coconut blossom sugar
Stir the dough together with a spoon until it forms a homogeneous mass and let it stand for 10 minutes, otherwise it will still be a little too sticky/runny. Using a spoon, spoon the dough into 6-7 mounds of dough onto a small baking tray and optionally brush with another beaten egg for a nice shine.
Bake the dough for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius top and bottom heat until golden brown.
After baking, let the buns cool and meanwhile mix the glaze. If the consistency is too runny, add a little more protein little by little. Spread a cross on the cold rolls and enjoy them with pasture butter or plain.
Info: In the traditional version, the cross is decorated on the rolls before baking. Whether before or after baking, the buns will be delicious either way!
Nutritional values per bun*
- Protein: 17g
- Fat: 10g
- Carbs: 30g
- Kcal: 270
*For a quantity of 7 rolls, without raisins.
What is the significance of the Ostara festival?
Ostara is a festival celebrated within Wicca and Neopaganism. It is named after the Germanic goddess Ostara, who is associated with spring and new beginnings. Ostara is usually celebrated on the spring equinox, around March 20th or 21st.
The festival of Ostara marks the beginning of spring and symbolizes rebirth, renewal and growth. Traditional rituals often involve planting seeds or celebrating nature and fertility. There are also rituals that focus on balancing light and darkness during the equinox.
Why "Hot Cross"?
The term “hot cross” refers to the fact that in the traditional version, a cross is drawn on the buns using liquid flour paste, which is then baked hot in the oven. If you think that hot cross buns have their origins in Christian traditions, you are wrong. Rather, the (Celtic) cross divides the rolls into four equal sections, which symbolize the four seasons. Nevertheless, the cross represents the four directions, four elements and the balance that they create in nature. You can serve the hot cross buns with an Ostara breakfast and enjoy them either plain, with grass-fed butter or sweet spread.