Cranberry and Apple Hot Cross Bun Pudding

Hot Cross buns are a wonderful thing, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and other things, packed with dried fruit and a treat like Christmas cake available only for a short time around Easter. Or at least that is how it used to be.

The history of the buns is strongly linked to celebrations relating to Easter. Various European countries make a spiced bread bun to celebrate Spring rebirth and the cross on top clearly references the Christian crucifixion.

The use of spices in historical times was limited due to their difficulty to import from far off lands, making them a rare and expensive luxury. So it was that they would in turn only be used for special occasions or special dishes.

There is also the decree from the time of Queen Elizabeth and 16th Century England, that stated it was forbidden to bake or sell hot cross buns or other spiced bread, except on the day of burials, Good Friday or Christmas. The fine for doing so was that they would be confiscated and donated to the poor. I wonder how many were donated or were instead ‘sampled’ by those confiscating.

Now in modern times such a law no longer applies, and the sweet buns seem to appear on the shelves before Santa has even finished deliveries. Not just ‘traditional’ fruit and spice either, but fruitless, chocolate, coffee, and I have even seen tropical and caramel.

Well,” I thought “rather than complain, let’s embrace this glut of yum and bake something.” And after a few tries to get it right, I have come up with the following recipe.

Note that for the recipe, I have suggested fruitless, as it allows the cranberry and apple flavours to shine through. If you want to make this with one of the other flavours, go right ahead, there are no rules only guidelines.

Also, we were ‘naughty’ and had ours with extra cream, just because we could.

Buns in the oven

Cranberry and Apple Hot Cross Bun Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Australian, British, Classic, Easter, Fusion, Indulgent, Modern
Keyword: Apple, bake, bread and butter pudding, Cranberries, Cranberry, dessert, egg, Hot Cross Bun, pudding
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 351kcal
Author: VinceHomeMade
Making use of the proliferation of Hot Cross buns in the supermarket, to reimagine a timeless classic
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Equipment

  • 1 Deep baking dish
  • 1 Bread knife
  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Sieve

Ingredients

  • 1 6 pack Pre-made Hot Cross Buns Fruitless works best for this
  • 50 g Butter at room temp
  • 1 each Red Apple
  • 100 g Dried Cranberries
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 200 ml Thickened Cream
  • 3 each Eggs
  • 100 g Caster Sugar
  • ½ teasp Cinnamon approx, for dusting

Glaze

  • 1 tbsp Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Boiling Water

Instructions

  • Dice the apple and scatter with the cranberries evenly over the baking dish.
    1 each Red Apple, 100 g Dried Cranberries
  • Remove the buns from their pack and slice vertically into 1 cm thick slices.
    1 6 pack Pre-made Hot Cross Buns
    Sliced Bun
  • Spread butter on both sides of each slice, including the ends, and place on top of the fruit in the tray.
    50 g Butter
    Spreading butter
  • Combine the milk, cream, eggs and sugar in the bowl, stir well, then strain through the sieve over the buns. Ensure to pour the milk mixture evenly over all the buns to cover.
    500 ml Milk, 200 ml Thickened Cream, 3 each Eggs, 100 g Caster Sugar
  • Dust with the cinnamon, and then place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours to allow the milk to be absorbed. If you can leave overnight even better.
    ½ teasp Cinnamon
  • Preheat your oven to 160°C 325°F, Gas mark 3, Warm
    Remove the tray from the refrigerator and bring to room temp while the oven warms.
  • Bake in the middle of your oven for 30 minutes, or until the custard sets. If the top starts to darken too much, cover loosely with foil or baking paper, and turn the oven down slightly.
    Buns in the oven
  • Just before you are ready to remove the tray from the oven, prepare the glaze by combining the sugar and cranberry sauce then stir in the boiling water. Set to one side.
  • When the custard is set, remove it from the oven and immediately spoon the glaze over the buns and allowing it to spill in between and around.
  • This can be served immediately, or allowed to cool at your discretion.

Notes

Note nutritional values exclude the buns that are used.
All nutritional values should be taken as a guide only, as ingredients used may vary from samples tested and referenced.  Any concerns regarding your nutrition should always be referred to a qualified medical professional.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry and Apple Hot Cross Bun Pudding
Amount per Serving
Calories
351
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
14
g
88
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
67
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
96
mg
4
%
Potassium
 
169
mg
5
%
Carbohydrates
 
38
g
13
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
37
g
41
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Calcium
 
130
mg
13
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Vitamin A
 
838
IU
17
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Published by VinceHomeMade

With a decade of experience in the commercial kitchens of London and more than three times that cooking with my family, I am now going to share what I have learned along the way. Whether it's a recipe for shortcrust pastry; a pro-tip on buying or using chef's knives; a review of a new ingredient or a new take on an old one. It will be all here as I start this blog journey, in text, pictures and video links to my Instagram and YouTube page. If you would like to help me on this journey perhaps you would click on the link to "Buy me a coffee"

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