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
- 4 hot cross buns
- 2 eggs
- 150 ml milk
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp 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.