Today I…am sharing a recipe for Easter- just in case you have any hot cross buns that need using up. (We have eaten 2 packs a week for the last 2 months, but nope- not fed up with them yet. This is taken from a Jamie Oliver recipe.
- 600 ml semi-skimmed milk
- 200 ml double cream
- 400 ml single cream
- 1 vanilla pod ( or good quality extract )
- 4 medium free-range eggs
- 170 g caster sugar
- 6 hot cross buns, sliced in half and spread with a knob of butter
- 1 knob butter, spread on the hot cross buns
- 1 handful dried apricots, chopped ( optional) – you could substitute some broken bits of chocolate egg if you need to use them up. Just saying.
- zest of 1 orange
- a little icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas 3. For the custard base, bring the milk and all the cream just to the boil in a saucepan. Cut the vanilla pod in half, scrape out the seeds and add to the pan. Whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale, then whisk in the milk and cream mixture, removing the vanilla pod shell.
Dip the hot cross bun halves in the mixture, then place in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over the apricots and the orange zest. Sieve the custard over, and leave it all to soak for at least 15 minutes.
Place the dish in a roasting tin, half-fill the tin with hot water, then bake the pudding for about 45 minutes. When cooked it will have a slight crust on top but will still be slightly wobbly inside. Dust with the icing sugar and serve.