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Low FODMAP Hot Cross Buns

Low FODMAP Hot Cross Buns? YES! Did you know that currants have a low FODMAP serving of 1 Australian tablespoon or 13 g? This recipe has the perfect amount. The recipe is from The Flour Craft Bakery & Café Cookbook by Heather Hardcastle, in which we found many gluten-free recipes that we couldn’t wait to make – some being low FODMAP as presented, such as this one, and others requiring just a gentle tweak.

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 12 buns; 1 bun per serving; 12 servings

Course: bread, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American, English
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Overnight Proofing: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings
Calories: 563 kcal


  • 1 cup (144 g) Currants
  • ½ cup (120 ml) Warm water
  • 2 cups (260 g) Cornstarch
  • ½ cup (65 g) Tapioca starch
  • ½ cup (75 g) Brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup (35 g) Millet flour
  • 2 tablespoons White sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Xanthan gum
  • teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cardamom
  • 1 ¼ cups (300 ml) lactose-free Whole milk, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Orange zest from 1 orange
  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 226 g) unsalted butter, soft, cut into cubes 
  • 1 large egg yolk, for egg wash before baking
  • 1 cup (90 g) Powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice, from 1 orange


  1. Soak the currants in warm water for 10 minutes while you mix the dough.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cornstarch, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, millet flour, white sugar, instant yeast, xanthan gum, salt, and cardamom. Mix together on low speed until well combined. Add the milk, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest and mix on high speed for 3 minutes to aerate the dough. The dough will appear glossy and pale at this stage and will give the resulting buns a light, airy texture. With the machine running on low speed add the soft butter, one piece at a time, until all the butter has been added. Drain the water from the currants and add them to the dough. Turn the machine on high and mix for another 3 minutes to emulsify. The dough should be shiny and sticky.
  3. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover the bowl with plastic. Allow to proof at room temperature for about 2 hours. Once the dough has finished its bulk proofing, and doubled in size, shape it into rolls.
  4. If using ring molds, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spray each mold thoroughly with cooking spray. If using a 9 x 13-inch (23 cm by 33 cm) pan, spray the pan thor-oughly with cooking spray.
  5. Using wet hands, pick up an orange-sized ball of dough, about ⅓ cup, and toss the ball back and forth between your hands, like you’re making a snowball or using a similarly light touch as when shaping a hamburger patty. When formed into a nearly round shape, place the ball of dough into a mold or the baking pan. Proceed until all the dough has been formed. Spray the top of the dough with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight to finish proofing.
  6. The next morning, preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) . Make an egg wash by whisking together egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the top of the buns with egg wash. Bake for 20–25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. The buns are done when the tops are light golden brown. Cool in the pan completely before unmolding.
  7. When the buns are completely cool, mix the glaze. Whisk together the powdered sugar and orange juice until smooth and shiny. Depending on how juicy your orange is, you might not use all the juice. Or, if you find your glaze is too dry, add some water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the glaze is smooth and thick and no lumps remain. Pipe or spoon the glaze over the buns to form the distinctive cross design. Allow the glaze to set at room temperature before serving.


FODMAP Information

Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.

  • Butter: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested butter. Monash states that a low FODMAP Green Light portion is 1 tablespoon or 19 g and also states that “butter is high in fat and does not contain carbohydrates (FODMAPs)”. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 tablespoon or 19 g. Both recommended serving sizes are presented as part of healthy eating guidelines, not as maximum FODMAP serving size. Fat can affect guy motility and trigger IBS symptoms in some people. Eat to your tolerance.
  • Eggs: Eggs are high in protein and do not contain carbohydrates, according to Monash University.
  • Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both lab tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is 1/4 cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

Nutrition Facts
Low FODMAP Hot Cross Buns
Amount Per Serving
Calories 563 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 336mg14%
Potassium 228mg7%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.