Hot Cross Bun Dessert

February 13, 2021Sew White

This delicious and easy Hot Cross Bun Dessert is a wonderfully warming Easter Bread and Butter Pudding. It is a perfect spring baked dessert which can be made in advance for an Easter pudding.

This recipe is great to serve for an Easter pudding but also works so well for a Sunday dinner dessert. What could be better than roast lamb with all the potatoes and vegetables, plus of course mint sauce. Followed by a hot squidgy hot cross bun bread and butter pudding. The ultimate spring and Easter dessert.

What I love about this easy baked dessert is that the wonderful flavours of the hot cross bun are enhanced with the vanilla custard mix that soaks into it.

Oven baked Hot Cross Bun Dessert cooked in a red Le Creuset oven proof dish. Hot cross bun bread and butter pudding slice on a little plate

What can I serve with the Hot Cross Bun Dessert?

There are a lot of different things that you can serve with the hot cross bun dessert. This includes fresh fruit, ice cream, more custard and even chocolate. If you want to do some extra special try using brioche hot cross buns for the recipe. They add an extra deliciousness!

FRESH FRUIT

A great way to add some freshness to this creamy dessert is to add some fresh fruit when serving. I would recommend berries like raspberries or strawberries.

CHOCOLATE

IF you want to make this extra special and super sweet add chocolate chips! It works with dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. For this recipe I would suggest adding about 100g/ half a cup of chocolate chips. Dark chocolate worked really well. I think that would be my preferred choice.

If you forget to add the chocolate while it’s baking you can drizzle over melted chocolate when it comes out of the oven. Or if you have a chocolate sauce, like the product that is good for drizzling over ice cream, use that!

ICE CREAM, CREAM & CUSTARD

This has been controversial in my house. I think a big scoop of vanilla ice cream with this hot cross bun traybake dessert tastes incredible. Chocolate ice cream and/or caramel ice cream also works beautifully.

Custard also works but I know some people don’t like it as there is already a custard in the hot cross bun dessert. I however think why not add more. Especially a rich vanilla custard!

Cold cream works a treat. Cool cream against the hot dessert is just beautiful! I would suggest single cream but double or heavy cream works too.

EASTER DESSERT IDEAS

A great way to make this Hot Cross Bun Pudding even more special in time for Easter is to add chocolate eggs. I have tried it with mini eggs (chocolate eggs in a sugar shell) and they worked really well. The chocolate inside was soften and squidgy.

Chocolate eggs are great to scatter throughout the hot cross pun pudding too. Add some in the middle of the hot cross buns as well as on top. When using the chocolate Easter eggs which are hollow I would recommend crushing them up a bit. This is so you can sprinkle them around and get that tasty chocolate everywhere through the bake.

Hot Cross Bun Pudding straight from the oven. 6 hot cross buns in a ceramic dish cooked with custard to make a Hot Cross Bun Pudding

Hot Cross Bun Traybake

What I love about baking at the moment is making cakes and bakes as traybakes. This Hot Cross Bun traybake is so moreish. If you love hot cross buns and hot bakes this is a recipe for you to try.

Brioche hot cross bun bread and butter pudding

Have you found and tried brioche hot cross buns? They are amazing. I love normal hot cross buns but there is something special about brioche hot cross buns. They work so well in this recipe too.

There is no need to change anything in the recipe except swap out the traditional hot cross buns for the brioche hot cross buns.

Close up of the Hot Cross Bun Dessert cooked in a bread and butter pudding batter dusted with cinnamon

What do I need for Hot Cross Bun Dessert?

For an easy baked dessert it is surprising how few ingredients you need to create this hot cross bun dessert.

300 ml full-fat milk
300 ml double cream (heavy cream to my US friends)
1 vanilla pod – if you don’t have one a teaspoon of vanilla extract will work really well.
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons caster sugar
6 Hot Cross Buns
50 g unsalted butter

Can you freeze bread and butter pudding?

Another great thing about making bread and butter pudding is that it not only tastes amazing fresh from the oven but can be frozen too. You can freeze it either before it’s cooked or once it’s cooked.

I would recommend once it’s cooked as it holds together and the flavour is more intense. It can freeze for a few months. I would say 3 months max.

Check out my recipe for Sweet Hot Cross Buns with Cranberry and Lime. You can also follow this recipe to make normal hot cross buns but use a mix of dried fruit. This will help it to achieve that traditional flavour.

Before photo of the Hot Cross Bun Dessert
after photo of the cooked golden brown Hot Cross Bun Dessert

Sweet Hot Cross Buns with Cranberry & Lime

My sweet hot cross buns are a super twist on this classic Easter treat with a kick of lime and plenty of dried cranberries and other fruit!

How to make Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding – step by step

how to make Hot Cross Bun Dessert - cream in a jug

To make the custard place the whole milk in a saucepan.

cream in a saucepan

Add in the double cream to the milk.

vanilla pod being sliced up

Slice a vanilla pod in half, scrape out the centre and add the centre and pod to the cream and milk mix.

making the custard for the Hot Cross Bun Dessert

Place on a medium heat and stir as it comes up to a boil. Take it off the heat before it boils. Allow to cool slightly.

eggs and sugar in a bowl

In a bow whisk the eggs and extra yolk with the caster sugar.

Whisking the custard

Slowly pour the warm milk and cream mixture over the eggs, stirring constantly until smooth.

Grease a large ovenproof dish. I either use melted butter and pastry brush to paint it on or use a piece of kitchen paper with some soft butter I rub over.

Hot Cross Bun Dessert - slicing up the hot cross buns and buttering them

Slice the Hot Cross Buns into a top and bottom slice. Butter each side of the bread.

Lay the bottom slices up in the oven proof dish.

Pour half of the warm custard mix over the bottom slices of hot cross bun. (remove the vanilla pod)

The hot cross buns covered in custard for the hot cross bun pudding

Pop on the top of the hot cross buns. Dividing it up makes sure the middle of the buns get enough of the custard mix.

Pour over the remaining custard mix. Leave to soak for at about 30 mins.

The finished golden brown Hot Cross Bun Dessert with custard and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Heat oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan). Bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown. Serve straight away.

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Hot Cross Bun Dessert

Sisley White
This delicious and easy Hot Cross Bun Dessert is a wonderfully warming Bread and Butter Pudding with an Easter twist. It is a perfect spring baked dessert which can be made in advance for a tasty Easter pudding.
This recipe is great for to serve for an Easter pudding but also works so well for a Sunday dinner dessert. Enjoy this hot cross bun bread and butter pudding.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Bakes, Dessert, Pudding
Cuisine American, British, English, International
Servings 6 large portions
Calories 249 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium sized oven proof dish
  • saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • whisk
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients
 
 

  • 300 ml full fat milk
  • 300 ml double cream / heavy cream (heavy cream)
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 6 Hot Cross Buns
  • 50 g unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
  • cinnamon (optional)

Instructions
 

  • To make the custard place the whole milk in a saucepan.
  • Add in the double cream to the milk.
  • Slice a vanilla pod in half, scrape out the centre and add the centre and pod to the cream and milk mix.
  • Place on a medium heat and stir as it comes up to a boil. Take it off the heat before it boils. Allow to cool slightly.
  • In a bow whisk the eggs and caster sugar.
  • Slowly pour the warm milk and cream mixture over the eggs, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Grease a large ovenproof dish. I either use melted butter and pastry brush to paint it on or use a piece of kitchen paper with some soft butter I rub over.
  • Slice the Hot Cross Buns into a top and bottom slice. Butter each side of the bread.
  • Lay the botto slices up in the oven proof dish.
  • Pour half of the warm custard mix over the bottom slices of hot cross bun. (remove the vanilla pod)
  • Pop on the top of the hot cross buns. Dividing it up makes sure the middle of the buns get enough of the custard mix.
  • Pour over the remaining custard mix. Leave to soak for at about 30 mins. (If you want to make it feel even more warming you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the hot cross buns before you pop it in the oven.)
  • Heat oven to 180C (160C fan). Bake for 35-40 mins until golden brown. Serve straight away.

Notes

Keep any leftovers in the fridge and eat within a few days.
Add chocolate chips or use chocolate chip hot cross bun to give it a great chocolate taste.
Freeze before or after cooking if making it ahead.

Nutrition

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 104mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 890IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

Keyword Easter Dessert, Easter Food, Easter Pudding, Hot Cross Bun Dessert, Hot Cross Bun Pudding, Hot Cross Buns
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14 Comments

  • Karen

    February 16, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Love the look of this dessert – I love hot cross buns, but this would be great when they go stale. Lovely idea, Karen

  • Janice Pattie

    February 16, 2021 at 10:12 am

    5 stars
    A lovely comforting dessert, thanks.

  • Gita

    February 16, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe to incorporate into Sunday brunches! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Kate – Gluten Free Alchemist

    February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    5 stars
    I’m really looking forward to updating as well as creating a few new hot cross bun recipes this year… Maybe some of them will end up as a bread and butter pudding!
    We have the same argument that rages in our house around dessert though. I say ice cream, hubbie says cream and Miss GF goes for custard! There’s just no pleasing some people xx

  • Choclette

    February 16, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    5 stars
    Ooh hot cross buns. Now you’re talking! Love the idea about making them into a a bread and butter pudding.

  • Helen

    February 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    5 stars
    I can only imagine how amazingly delicious this is! Love fruity buns, love bread & butter pudding, this has got my name all over it! Bookmarked 🙂

  • Jo Keohane

    February 17, 2021 at 1:36 am

    5 stars
    I absolutely love anything to do with Hot Cross Buns and love the idea of this recipe. Looks like comfort food at it’s finest. Definitely trying this one – thanks so much for sharing!

  • Lesley

    February 17, 2021 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    What a lovely recipe, I love hot crossed buns served warm from the oven. I’m also partial to them in a bread and butter pudding.

  • Kate

    February 17, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    5 stars
    Gorgeous, what a stunning Easter dessert – great idea!

  • Cat

    February 17, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve got a similar recipe and it is one of my favourites! Hot cross buns make the most amazing bread and butter pudding. I like it swimming in double cream!

  • Julia

    February 18, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    5 stars
    What a lovely step-by-step recipe. This will make a fabulous Easter dessert. Saving this and can’t wait to try it out!

  • Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    February 19, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    5 stars
    A perfect Easter pud!!

  • Marita

    February 20, 2021 at 11:54 am

    5 stars
    Hmmm, these look delicious. I tried to make Hot Cross Buns for the first time last year but they did not work out 100%. I am going to try your recipe this year. Thanks for sharing.

  • Chloe Edges

    February 20, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    5 stars
    Well isn’t this a stone cold banger of a recipe?! Genius!

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