Hot Cross Buns Bread Pudding - the perfect solution to Easter Leftovers! So good, though, you'll want to buy extra Hot Cross Buns just make this delicious bread pudding! An easy Easter Dessert that everyone loves!
Growing up one of my favorite foods of Easter were Hot Cross Buns. Oh, sure there was chocolate and eggs, but we had chocolate and eggs all through the year. We only had these buns around Easter.
All year, I would wait until Good Friday, when we would go buy them. According to Wikipedia - they may have came from St. Albans, where a monk developed a recipe called Alban Bun and distributed it to the poor on Good Friday starting in 1361, marking it with a cross.
I have tried to make them at home, but they never seem to match the magic that they had when I ate them as a child.
After eating our Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday, I wondered what to do with the rest of them. They were too good to waste, but I wanted to do something different with them.
Then I remembered the basic bread pudding formula in the cookbook, The Urban Pantry.
Basic Bread Pudding Formula
Here is her basic formula: 1 cup cubed bread + 1 egg + ½ cup milk or cream = 2 servings. Bake covered for about 40 minutes at 350 and remove the cover for the last 15 minutes of baking. With that basic formula you can do whatever you want. Add herbs and spices for a savory bread pudding or dried fruits and nuts for a sweet. Really, the possibilities are endless!
To bump up the flavor of the buns a bit, I added raisins and brown sugar. We loved this easy Easter dessert and it has become a family tradition. It's creamy and sweet.
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Hot Cross Buns Bread Pudding
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease a baking dish (my cute one from World Market doesn’t say what size it is, maybe 2 quarts?). If it’s not browned to your liking, give it a quick run under the broiler.
- Place cubed bread in baking dish and sprinkle raisins and cinnamon over the bread.
- Whisk the eggs and milk together with the pinch of salt. Pour over the bread and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes, uncover and bake for 15 minutes more.
- If it’s not browned to your liking, give it a quick run under the broiler.
Note this was originally published in 2014 and updated for 2020.