Guests both young and old will love this Easter twist on the traditional bread and butter pudding. Hot cross buns are combined with creamy custard, chunks of white chocolate and strawberries to create a soul-warming Easter dessert.
Easter is one of my favourite times of the year and not just because it’s Rack of Lamb time! And it’s not just because it’s a chance to spend four whole free days off work, either.
While it’s definitely a bit of both, my favourite part of Easter is celebrating with delicious food (obvs). Throw some chocolate into the mix and really, who can complain? But if there is only one thing better than chocolate at Easter, it has to be the hot cross bun.
And if there is anything better than the hot cross bun, then it has to be a HCB / bread and butter pudding hybrid. Peppered with strawberries, spread with indulgent strawberry preserve, soaked in a creamy homemade custard and lashed with chunks of velvety white chocolate, it’s a luxurious Easter recipe that will impress errrrrrybody at your table.
If you haven’t worked it out yet, this Easter recipe is a tweak on the traditional bread and butter pudding, but with a modern, fruity twist. The original version uses stale, sliced white bread, but you guys, I think we can do better than that. Hot cross buns are infused with that delicious spice that plain ol’ white bread could never match, so put the two together and you’re in Easter recipe heaven.
Oh and did I mention butter? There is no such thing as bread and butter pudding without it, and that’s probably what makes it so amazing. Because, reasons.
Speaking of butter, this recipe is actually a new rendition of one I wrote for a magazine in 2018. It used chocolate hot cross buns in place of traditional, and blueberries in place of the strawberries. Unbeknown to me, the magazine was published with a typo in the ingredients, stating that it required 550g of butter. Yes, you read that correctly, 550g. My. Goodness. So, biggest tip for this Bread and Butter Pudding recipe is this: don’t use that much butter! While butter is everything, and a little indulgence in an Easter recipe is always welcome, we don’t need to be clogging anybody’s arteries past the point of no return. Just 50g of butter will do. Ease up, tiger.
Actually, thinking of this has inspired me to update all my recipes with a little disclaimer. Because nobody ever needs a ‘level-550’ cooking disaster on their hands!
But back to the Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. For this version, I have chosen to use store-bought, fruitless HCB’s. I have taken this approach for two reasons. First of all, my youngest won’t touch anything with sultanas in it. Secondly, the recipe is full of gorgeous strawberries and I’m happy enough with the sweet, tangy flavour and texture this brings. I like to keep it simple in this sense, but it really is down to personal preference. If you prefer your Easter recipes to be completely unadulterated, than by all means, go full traditional and add in all the raisin-and-orange-peel hot cross bun goodness you can muster!
Make no mistake, this Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding recipe is indulgent. But hey, it’s Easter, so what isn’t? If made to the right scale (that is, not 550g of butter), it should be velvety and sweet, without being sickly and over the top. The white chocolate imparts the richness (so don’t be tempted to add too much), and it’s beautifully balanced with the tang of the strawberries and the preserve. The golden, crunchy tops of the buns will make your heart flutter a little when you crack into them, and the butter and custard adds a luxurious, glossy, liquidy touch that is just to die for. It really is a surprise to me that this Easter recipe is greater than the sum of its parts!
So, here is my Easter recipe for Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding with Strawberries and White Chocolate. It’s great for a delicious follow up to your Easter feast, or even better, as a seriously special breakfast treat. It’s also a great way to use up those pesky leftover hot cross buns. And to help make your Easter last just that little bit longer.
Just please, don’t use half a kilo of butter.
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Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding with Strawberries and White Chocolate
Your guests both young and old will love this Easter twist on the traditional bread and butter pudding. Fluffy, hot cross buns are combined with a creamy custard, chunks of white chocolate and strawberries to create a soul-warming Easter dessert.
- 6 Hot Cross Buns (see note)
- 50g butter, softened
- 200g strawberry jam
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
- 100g white chocolate, broken into chunks
- 6 egg yolks, free range
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup thickened cream
Slice each hot cross bun bun in half and spread each piece with the butter and half of the jam (on the cut side only).
Lay the bottom halves into a greased ovenproof dish, overlapping the slices slightly if necessary.
Place some chunks of white chocolate sporadically across the buns and then place the lids of the buns over the top, cross side up. They do not need to line up with the bottom halves.
Place any remaining chunks of white chocolate in and around the buns.
In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract together until
pale, then whisk in the milk and cream. Pour the mixture over the buns and set aside for 15-20 minutes to absorb.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C.
Place dish into a large roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water to come half way up the side of the dish. Transfer to oven and bake for 30 minutes or
until the custard has set and the top of the buns are golden.
Dust with a little sifted icing sugar and scatter with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of strawberry jam to serve.
I used fruitless hot cross buns for this recipe, however you can use traditional with fruit if you like, it's all up to personal preference.