Hot cross bun & butter pudding

Hot cross bun & butter pudding

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 8

Like classic bread and butter pudding? Try this twist that uses hot cross buns instead – a great way to use up any Easter leftovers

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal581
  • fat34g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre1g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla essence



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 8 hot cross buns
  • 40g soft butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g marzipan, cubed
    Marzipan cake



    One of mankind’s oldest sources of sweet pleasure, marzipan needs to contain only ground…

  • 3 tbsp chunky marmalade
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Warm the cream and milk in a pan over a gentle heat. Whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together with a fork in a large bowl, then gradually add the warm cream mixture.

  2. Halve the buns and spread with the butter. Arrange in a large shallow ovenproof dish (approx 25 x 32cm), dot with the marzipan and brush the marmalade on top.

  3. Pour over the cream mixture and set aside to soak for 15 mins. Press the buns down into the custard mixture as they soften.

  4. Bake for 50 mins until set, then remove and allow to stand for 10 mins. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve while still warm.

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31st Mar, 2018
Made this yesterday for family dinner. Went down a treat. Left out marzipan and used apricot jam. Generously served 6 with plenty left over. Will definitely naked again
14th Apr, 2017
I was dissapointed by this recipe. The custard takes away the spice in the hot cross buns and I couldn't taste the marzipan at all. I'll stick to toasting hot cross buns in future!
21st Feb, 2017
Delicious, easy and (strangely), mine had to be dairy free and it still worked perfectly well using soya margerine (Pure) and soya milk.
29th Mar, 2016
Missed out the marzipan as I didn't want it to be too sweet. It was delicious and really easy to make.
27th Mar, 2016
Twice in one week! Fantastic, tasty, moist, cooks in the exact time stated! I didn't have marzipan and I also substituted half the milk with a coconut drink! Tasted yummy! Pour cream over for best results.
5th Apr, 2015
Best bread and butter pud I've made. Not sure I can wait until next Easter ,. Cooked in a Bain Marie as I've had problems with breAd and butter puddings splitting before. Served. With custard absolutely delicious
30th Mar, 2015
Made this without the marzipan and with lemon curd rather than marmalade - was lovely, not too sweet. Will definitely do it again if I get a surplus of hot cross buns!!
1st Mar, 2015
I made it for the first time today and was totally surprised at how good it was. Will definitely make again (maybe with less sugar). The bunbut pud is the next thing!!
18th May, 2013
Made this twice now -second time with choc chip brioche and it was lighter than the hot x buns. Family loved it, my student son has even taken the recipe back to Uni. Would certainly recommend
14th Apr, 2013
It was nice but as others have mentioned it is quite stodgy. Also it is very sweet. I have made better bread and butter puddings so I don't think I would make this again. That said, we ate this for 3 nights in a row so it wasn't that bad!


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