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Coconut Roasted Carrot Hot Cross Buns with Pineapple Ginger Icing

Coconut Roasted Carrot Hot Cross Buns
A new take on a Good Friday classic. Soft, light, and with a sweet earthiness from the carrots, these are sure to be an Easter classic.
Yield 12 to 18 rolls



Roasted Carrot Puree:

  • 5-8 carrots (cleaned)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt


  • 2 cups water (warm to the touch (110-115°F))
  • 2 (0.25oz each) packages (14g) or 4 1/2 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup roasted carrot puree (above)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour

Pineapple Ginger Icing:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  • Make the puree: Preheat oven to 425°F and prepare a pan with aluminum foil. Lay carrots on foiled pan, spread out. In a small measuring cup, whisk coconut oil, sugar, olive oil, pepper, and salt. Pour mixture over carrots and stir with a wooden spoon to coat. Roast for 25-35 minutes or until browned, tender, and a little caramelized. Let cool and puree in a food processor.
  • Make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, add water, yeast, sugar. Let sit for five minutes. Stir in salt. Add carrot puree, egg, butter and orange zest. Turn mixer on low to mix all ingredients together. Keeping the mixer on, begin adding flour, one cup at a time. Keep adding flour until dough begins to pull away from sides of bowl.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and knead for 3-5 minutes until soft and elastic. Place in a well-oiled bowl, turning once. Cover with a towel and let sit for an hour in a warm, dry place until doubled in size.
  • Turn back out onto floured surface and punch down slightly. Cut into 12 or 18 equal pieces (depending on the roll size you desire) and place well-oiled pan. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 20 minutes.
  • While rising, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 25-32 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Allow to cool slightly before icing tops of rolls with crosses.
  • Make the icing: In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a whisk attachment, mix cream cheese, ginger, and pineapple juice on medium-high until well incorporated. With mixer reduced to a medium-low speed, begin adding confectioners’ sugar, a half-cup at a time until icing is a desired thickness, with no lumps. Spoon icing into a piping bag and pipe crosses onto cooled buns. Allow to sit for two minutes. Enjoy!


Recipe by Brett Braley.

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