Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding
I can never say no to Bread and Butter Pudding, and that's lucky, because this morning it's exactly what I got!
My first ever attempt at making Hot Cross Buns didn't quite work out. The two middle buns didn't cook all the way through, the outside buns were a little dry once they cooled…. and honestly, they were quite bland (lots of people commented on the recipe I was following that they would have doubled the spices recommended. Wish I had have read that first!)
But.... thanks to the wonder that is Bread and Butter Pudding, my hours of slaving over the dough wasn't completely wasted, and I have a Hot Cross Bun recipe to share with you all on Good Friday.
Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding to the rescue!
MY TIPS FOR MASTERING THIS BAKE
#1 For this recipe, you want to avoid using a springform tin as the custard you'll be pouring into your cake tin is very thin, and would leak out through the join If you don't have such a cake tin, this can also be made in a casserole dish.
If you’re also worried about your baking paper sticking to the cake a little, you can go one step further by greasing the baking paper and sifting a thin layer of flour onto it.
#4 If you find your hot cross buns start to float and are popping up out of the custard, cut a section of parchment paper slightly larger than the cake tin or casserole dish that you're using, and press it gently onto the surface of your custard, leave it there while your pudding rests in the fridge, but ensure it is removed before placing in the oven.
#5 Bread and Butter puddings aren't ideal candidates for the skewer test, so how do you know if it's ready or not. Gently shake the cake tin or casserole dish side to side, if the pudding jiggles as one, it's ready, if not, pop it back in the oven!
#6 Using store bought hot cross buns? Let them for 1 or 2 days before utilising them for this recipe. The same goes for the bread in any bread and butter pudding, if it's a little stale, it'll absorb more of the custard!
Be sure to send us a photo of your batch and let us know how ‘yummy’ it was!