Easter is a time for us to get together with family and friends and celebrate with lots of yummy treats…..including chocolate and the iconic Hot Cross Bun. As we move into autumn, down south of the equator, it is also a time to start making all those warm comforting puddings and what could be better than a yummy bread and butter.
We have taken this pudding and made it an Easter treat making use of Hot Cross Buns instead or the usual bread. It seems this year that most of the local shops have upped their game with this old tradition by offering a snazzy range of “new” flavours …and we found some Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns at our local Pick n Pay……you can use any hot cross bun that you like.
The flavours of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, one of Pauline’s childhood memories also served to remind us of how good orange and chocolate taste together…….. and so we introduced a dollop of good orange marmalade into our pudding……
Wishing you, your family and friends and blessed Easter and we do hope that the Easter Bunny will be good to you this 2018!
CHOC CHIP ORANGE HOT CROSS BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
6 Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns
6 T orange marmalade
5 ml cinnamon
5 ml mixed spice
500 ml full cream milk
5ml vanilla extract
. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade
. Grease a 20 cm square oven proof dish
. Halve and butter the hot cross buns
. Please the bottom halves into the base of the oven proof dish and spread over the marmalade.
. sprinkle with raisins, cinnamon and mixed spice.
. Arrange the top halves of the buns over the others with the “crosses” showing as decoration.
. Whisk up the eggs, vanilla extract and milk and pour over the hot cross buns and allow to stand for 45minutes for the mixtures to be absorbed.
. Bake in the oven for 45minutes to an hour.
Serve with cream or custard.