Easter may be a distant recollection, but the glut of hot cross buns may be making you a little hot, cross and bothered. But before you propel the stale baseballs in the rubbish or feed them to the birds, take a gander yonder and try one of these tempting things to do with leftover hot cross buns.
The birds will understand.
Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding
Layer buttered slices of HCB with home made custard and a sprinkling of raisins into a baking dish and bake in a moderately hot oven for 20-30 until golden brown and luscious.
Nutella Stuffed Hot Cross Bun French Toast
Thickly slice HCB and layer two slices with a thick coating of nutella. Sandwich the HCB and dip into an egg mix made with 2 eggs, 50mls of cream and tsp of icing sugar. Fry in a pan on both sides until golden brown.
Ricotta and Homemade Preserved Fruit Hot Cross Bun French Toast
As for the above recipe, sandwich the HCB with fresh ricotta cheese, homemade or good quality poached fruit like plums or peaches and dip and fry as per the previous recipe.
Crispy Hot Cross Bun Pieces with Chocolate Fondue
Why not cover two of your Easter bases in one go by slices the left over HCB into small-ish chunks and frying them until crisp in a pan with butter and a dash of oil. Think of it like making hot cross bun croutons. Now fork them and dip into your favourite chocolate fondue alongside fresh fruit.
Hot Cross Bun Stuffing for a Roast Dinner
Think of this recipe idea as a sweet savoury balance for stuffing into the cavity of a chicken, duck or turkey. Shred 2 stale HCB and mix with 1/2 a grated carrot, a knob of melted butter and a grinding of black pepper and sprinkling of sea salt flakes. Stuff and roast as normal.
And if after attempting some of these giddy recipes you find yourself still inundated with hot cross buns, wrap them up and pop them into the freezer as they will keep for up to a month.
Any other ways of using up hot cross buns? Drop me a line. Would love to hear them!!