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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the cream, milk, 100g of the dark chocolate, the cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and whisk until the mixture is smooth and fully combined. Pour into a large bowl to cool slightly.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, split the hot cross buns and spoon 1 tsp chocolate spread over the base of each, then sandwich with the bun tops. Arrange the buns in a 5cm-deep, 30 x 20cm baking dish in a single layer, then sprinkle over the rest of the chopped dark chocolate.

  • STEP 3

    When the chocolate cream mixture has cooled to room temperature, whisk in the eggs. Slowly pour this custard over the hot cross buns, then cover and chill for 1 hr until some of the custard has been absorbed by the buns.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Bake for 40-45 mins until the top is golden and the custard is gently set. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then serve with ice cream, if you like.

Recipe tip

TWIST IT: Chocolate orange
Change it up by filling the buns with orange curd instead of chocolate spread and adding orange zest to the custard.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2022

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