I'm not remotely religious, but I still love the lead-up to Easter because all the best foods come into the shops at this time of year. Obviously there are Easter eggs and Creme Eggs (which I tend to buy a bucketload of to last me through the summer - it's a total travesty that they're only sold at one time of year!), and when you want a break from all the chocolate, you can turn to the humble hot cross bun. I think I sometimes forget how great these things are, but then I have one and remember how much I love them. They make a great quick breakfast or lunch, or in this case, dessert!
This hot cross bun bread and butter pudding is just big chunks of hot cross bun, cooked in a simple egg mixture with cinnamon and nutmeg. I even sprinkled some brown sugar on top to give a nice crispy topping. There's nothing more satisfying than having your spoon crack through the crunchy topping, and delve into the soft, custardy pudding below.
Of course, it's even better with a drizzle of cream...
If you've ever read my previous bread and butter pudding post, you could probably figure out how to put this together on your own, but I couldn't resist posting it anyway. Hot cross buns have a slightly cakey texture, kind of like brioche, so they work really well as a dessert, especially with the extra spices I added. You could also add extra sultanas if you're so inclined, or maybe some of those tiny bits of candied orange and lemon peel. I left mine pretty simple though, and it was just perfect.
Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding
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- 4 hot cross buns
- 2 eggs
- 150 ml milk
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
- Cut the hot cross buns into chunks (I cut each bun into 9 pieces), and place them in a medium-sized baking dish - mine measured around 5 x 8 inches.
- In a mug or small bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour the mixture over the buns, and use a fork to press the bread gently down into the egg mixture. Leave to sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of the dish, and place in the oven. Bake for around 35 minutes, until golden brown and crispy on top.
Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.