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Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding

Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding - perfect for your family meal on Easter Sunday! / amuse-your-bouche.com

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.

Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding - perfect for your family meal on Easter Sunday! / amuse-your-bouche.com

Of course, it’s even better with a drizzle of cream…

Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding - perfect for your family meal on Easter Sunday! / amuse-your-bouche.com

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 - perfect for your family meal on Easter Sunday! / amuse-your-bouche.com

Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 3
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 4 hot cross buns
  • 2 eggs
  • 150 ml milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

  • 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.

Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding - perfect for your family meal on Easter Sunday! / amuse-your-bouche.com

Why not try another family-friendly dessert recipe: apple crumble cake! This could not be easier!

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Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise)

Thursday 26th of March 2015

This looks utterly stunning. Definitely going to give this a go - I've done brioche bread and butter pudding before, but never hot cross buns.

Rroy

Sunday 20th of April 2014

You can find them in bakeries where there's a strong Irish-American community and Fresh Direct here in the NYC tri-state area carry them. The main difference from the ones we have back home is that the cross is made with icing.

Melanie @ Carmel Moments

Friday 4th of April 2014

That looks so good! I have no idea why but it's been years since I've made bread pudding. Gotta change that! I just made challah. Hmmm. That would be good too.

Miri

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

To those people unable to just go out and buy hot cross buns, there are recipes available online, e.g. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2066661/hot-cross-buns - these look authentic, and have a 5 star review rating, but I've not tried them...

It might either help you to identify something similar enough for substitution purposes, or you can always bake some, eat some fresh, then turn the rest into pudding the following day :-D

Grace

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

This is the best thing I have seen in so long!! I absolutely love Easter and hot cross buns are my best friend this time of year. I am making this in the weekend!!

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