Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding (April 2021 – Issue 1)

Source: BBC Food

Prep + Cook Time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 6 as a dessert


For the custard

  • 6 free-range Egg Yolks
  • 2 free-range Eggs
  • 150g/5oz Caster Sugar
  • 300ml/½ pint Whole Milk
  • 300ml/½ pint Double Cream
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, split, seeds scraped out
  • 75g/2½oz Butter
  • 8 ready-made Hot Cross Buns, halved
  • 25g/1oz Sultanas
  • 25g/1oz Raisins
  • 25g/1oz Demerara Sugar


  1. For the custard, whisk the egg yolks, whole eggs and sugar together in a bowl.
  2. Place the milk, cream and the vanilla pod and seeds into a pan over alow heat and slowly bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and remove the vanilla pod.
  3. Pour the milk and cream onto the egg mixture and whisk well.
  4. Butter the hot cross buns then cut into quarters. Place a layer of the hot cross buns into a 22cm/9in x 10cm/4in, 5cm/2in deep ovenproof dish.
  5. Sprinkle with some sultanas and raisins and demerara sugar. Repeat the layers and finish with a final layer of buns. Pour the custard over the buns and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180°C/355°F/Gas 4.
  7. Place the dish into a deep roasting tray and add enough water to the tray to come a third of the way up the dish (this is a bain-marie). Cover with foil.
  8. Carefully place the pudding and bain-marie into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the custard has set. Remove the foil for the final five minutes of cooking to brown the top.
  9. Serve the pudding with cream or mascarpone.