Do you have left over hot cross buns you bought or made that have gone slightly stale? Don’t throw them out – you can use them in a simple hot cross bun bread pudding!
This recipe is a slight twist on my traditional bread pudding but it’s all equally as tasty – I promise. I’ve made this recipe quite lot, especially around Easter each year but this year is slightly different as ingredient availability has been terrible. That’s why I have made some changes and they work well, so you can make suitable changes to work with what you have.
I had no light brown sugar so used coconut sugar, added more spices (but use as much or as little spice as you like) and a little more fruit – honestly it makes a tasty bread pudding – work with what you have, if you can.
Anyway, let’s get started, shall we?
1,000g Hot cross buns, roughly chopped.
1,200ml Whole milk.
200g Dried mixed fruit.
Ground spices (I used a mix of cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice, all spice and nutmeg) as much or as little as you’d like.
150g Coconut sugar (plus additional for sprinkling on top before baking).
100g Granulated sugar.
1 tsp Vanilla extract.
Before you get into making the bread pudding, you’re best to do some prep. Weigh up all your ingredients, line a 9×13 cake tin and preheat your oven to 180˚c/350˚f.
To start, grab your jug or bowl of whole milk and place the eggs and ground spices into it and give it all a good whisk until everything is combined.
Take your bowl of roughly chopped hot cross buns and pour over the liquid mix all over.
Then you can add in the sugars, dried fruit and vanilla extract and start to combined everything using your hands. This is he best way to make this pudding, if you can’t mix by hand, feel free to use a stand mixer.
After a couple of minutes of mixing, there should be no big lumps of bread and everything should be fully incorporated.
Now you can take your lined 9×13 inch cake tin, and pour in the bread pudding mixture.
You will need to level this off as best you can, using either a small cranked palette knife or a silicon spatula – either work pretty well.
Just before you place into the oven, you will want to sprinkle over some sugar (whichever you have, I had a small amount of brown sugar left over from another bake), this will help create a crunchy texture on top, as well as a touch of sweetness.
You can then go ahead and bake in your preheated oven for 40-50 minutes. You will know when its done, as it will look perfectly crunchy and be firm to the touch.
Allow to cool down completely before slicing up, its best enjoyed cold on its own. Well, that’s how I choose to enjoy it personally.
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