5 ways to breathe new life into hot cross buns
If they are past their best, here are 5 ways to breathe new life into these spring time treats.
1. Adapt your favourite bread and butter pudding recipe
Simply swap out regular bread for halved hot cross buns. Keep proportions spot-on by making the hot cross bun weight the same as that recommended for the bread. If you don’t have enough hot cross buns to make up the full weight, go half-and-half with regular bread.
2. Fry them up to create next-level French toast
Whip eggs together with milk (or cream if you’re feeling decadent). Slice the buns in half, then into 3cm strips. Dip the strips into the egg mixture, heat 1tbs butter in a medium-high frying pan, then fry on each side until golden-brown. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar to serve.
3. Make into breadcrumbs for a spicy dessert topping
With a food processor, knife, or grater, break up the buns until they become fine crumbs. These can be swapped in to any dessert recipe that calls for regular bread crumbs. As with the bread and butter pudding, keep the weight exactly the same - if you don’t have quite enough, make up the weight with regular bread.
4. Create a tasty ice cream sandwich
In a toaster or beneath a grill, toast the halved buns. Pull your favourite ice cream out of the freezer, pile a scoopful between the toasted buns, and enjoy.
5. Top with cheese and apple and cook under the grill for a tea time snack
Thinly slice (or grate) apple and cheese (one small handful of each per bun). Halve each bun, and place on a baking tray cut-side up. Sprinkle with apple, then with cheese. Grill for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown and bubble.