Low-Carb Yeast Hot Cross Buns

by KetoDietApp.com

Step 1Turn the light on in the oven so that it starts to warm (only the light). The temperature should be about 40 °C/ 100 °F, but no more than 45 °C/ 110 °F. If you don't have this option on your oven, preheat the oven to the lowest setting (mine is 50 °C/ 120 °F).

Step 2Pour 3/4 cup of the warm water into a bowl. Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Sprinkle with active dry yeast (or use 30 g/ 1.1 oz fresh yeast).

Step 3Open the oven for about 30 seconds to cool down slightly before placing the yeast inside and close the door. The light will be enough to keep the bowl warm. Allow to proof for around 10 minutes. When ready, the yeast will be frothy and will have grown in volume.

Step 4While the yeast is proofing, place all of the remaining dry ingredients in another bowl. Mix to combine or use a hand mixer to process well. If you want to add chocolate chunks or any other add ins, add these in now as well. You can even add some of my Sugar-Free Cranberry Raisins!

Step 5Once the yeast has proofed, remove the bowl from the warm oven. Keep the light in the oven on.

Step 6Add the egg whites and yolks to a large bowl with the vinegar and warm water. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer and process until well combined. Add the yeast mixture and continue mixing until combined.

Step 7Add the dried mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time and process well. Gradually add more until you use all of it.

Step 8Lightly wet your hands and form the dough into evenly sized balls (around 8 – 10). Place on a lined baking tray, and place in the oven and let proof with the oven light on to 60 minutes or until doubled in size. Once the dough has proofed, remove from the oven.

Step 9Preheat the oven to 195 °C/ 380 °F (conventional), or 175 °C/ 350 °F (fan assisted). Whisk the remaining egg yolk with about 2 teaspoons of water. Gently brush on top of the bread without pressing too much (do not deflate the bread).

Step 10Bake for 15 minutes, then check, and if too brown by this stage, cover with foil. Bake for a further 10-15 minutes.

Step 11Once baked, remove from the oven and let cool on the pan 15 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Step 12Make the icing by mixing the powdered sweetener with the water to form a paste. You want the paste quite thick, but if too thick thin with an extra teaspoon of water. Pipe onto the buns in a cross. Allow to set.

Step 13Once completely cool, slice in half and serve with warm butter and/or low-carb chia jam. Store at room temperature in a sealed container for up to 3 days. To store for longer, freeze for up to 3 months.