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Portion of hot cross bun pudding on a plate with ice cream.

Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding

This easy, delicious, homemade hot cross bun pudding is a twist on the classic bread and butter pudding but made with leftover hot cross buns.
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Resting Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 658kcal
Author: Mary-Lou


  • 6 Hot Cross Buns
  • 40 grams butter
  • 300 mL cream (heavy or whipping cream)
  • 310 mL whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 60 grams brown sugar (can use granulated or caster)
  • zest of an orange
  • ice-cream, cream or custard (for serving)
  • fresh berries (for serving)


  • Slice the hot cross buns open and butter the top and bottom halves of the buns.
    6 Hot Cross Buns, 40 grams butter
  • In a large mixing bowl or jug whisk together the milk, cream, eggs, vanilla and sugar until the sugar is dissolved to make the custard that the buns will bake in.
    300 mL cream, 310 mL whole milk, 3 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, zest of an orange, 60 grams brown sugar
  • Stir through the zest of an orange and set aside.
    zest of an orange
  • Place the buns into the desired baking dish and slowly fill the dish with the milk mixure. Allow the buns to absorb the liquids for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/340F. Place the pudding dish inside a large roaster and fill halfway with water. Cover the pudding with tinfoil or aluminium foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for a futher 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the centre just slightly jiggly.
  • Remove the pudding dish from the roaster and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving with pouring cream, ice-cream, custard and fresh berries.
    ice-cream, cream or custard, fresh berries


Serving: 1portion | Calories: 658kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 170mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 175mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is an estimate. If scaling the recipe remember to scale your cook and bakeware accordingly.

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Course :Dessert
Cuisine :British, South African
Keyword :Bread and Butter Pudding, Hot Cross Bun Pudding, Hot Cross Buns