Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

We’ve teamed up with Neff to bring you an Easter favourite with a twist!

Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, this hot cross bun bread and butter pudding is the perfect way to spring into the Easter spirit!

It’s filled with not only the traditional dried fruits and spices but fresh berries and chocolate. It’s also a great way to use up any Easter leftovers!


Serves 6

  • 5 hot cross buns
  • 4 or 5 mini hot cross buns (the mini hot cross buns are to fill the spaces in the dish)
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 250 ml full fat milk
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 150 g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 150g blueberries
  • 70g chocolate chunks


Grease a large casserole dish (we used an oval 28cmx25cm dish). Slice the hot cross buns in half and butter with the unsalted butter.

Arrange the hot cross buns in the casserole dish and put them to one side.

Heat the milk, cream and vanilla extract in a saucepan until almost boiling.

Meanwhile, in a jug, add the eggs, egg yolk, brown sugar and cornflour and stir together. When the milk is almost at boiling point, turn off the heat and add a splash of the hot milk to the eggs whilst stirring with a whisk. Continue to add a splash at a time, whilst stirring until you’ve used a third of the milk mixture, then pour the rest of the milk into the jug and stir.

Quickly wash the milk pan, then pour the mixture from the jug back into the pan and heat on a medium heat, whilst stirring, until the mixture thickens to thick-cream consistency. Turn off the heat.

Add the butter and chopped chocolate to the pan, and stir until melted.

Pour the custard mixture over the hot cross buns to cover. Leave to soak for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to CircoTherm® 170°C.

Use a spoon to gently scrape any excess chocolate sauce off the top of the hot cross buns (so the crosses can be seen). Sprinkle over the blueberries and chocolate chunks. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the custard has set.

Remove from oven and serve.

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