I know it might not feel like it at the moment, but the Easter holiday is here – and that means hot cross bun season has arrived! If you fancy treating yourself to a twist on the traditional bun, we’ve got just the thing. We’ve taken inspiration from this seasonal delight to give one of our favourite puds an Easter-themed makeover. Get ready to discover our hot cross bun bread and butter pudding…
Combining the fruity flavours of hot cross buns with a traditional British dessert, this gorgeous pudding is a fantastic way to top off your Easter menu. Plus, our recipe makes the most of dried fruit and spices – which you might find in your store cupboard – so it’s an ideal dessert to make while you’re staying safe at home.
If you’re feeling sad at the sight of spare seats at your table this Easter, you could share this recipe, set up a video call and enjoy a virtual bake-off with the people you can’t be with. And if you’ve got local loved ones, dropping a bowlful of hot cross bun bread and butter pudding on their doorstep is sure to bring a smile to their face.
Sink your spoon into our soft-in-the-middle, crunchy-on-top hot cross bun bread and butter pudding and enjoy a taste of Easter now – or at any time of year!
Slimming World hot cross bun bread and butter pudding
Ready in 50 minutes
5 Syns per serving
What you need:
low-calorie cooking spray
6 small slices of white bread from a 400g loaf
25g low-fat spread
40g dried mixed fruit
250ml skimmed milk
3 large eggs
2 level tbsp sweetener
grated zest of 1 orange
1 tsp mixed spice
1 level tbsp plain flour
plain quark or fat-free natural fromage frais, to serve
What you do:
1. Spray a small, rectangular ovenproof dish with low-calorie cooking spray. Spread one side of the bread slices with the low-fat spread. Using an 8cm round cutter (or an upside-down mug), cut a large circle in the middle of each slice of bread and set aside. Roughly chop all the leftover bits of bread and scatter them around the prepared dish, along with about two-thirds of the dried fruit. Arrange the bread rounds spread-side up on top, evenly spaced apart.
2. Whisk together the milk, eggs, sweetener and most of the orange zest and mixed spice. Pour the mixture over the bread to cover and set aside for 20 minutes to allow the bread to soak up all the liquid. (Don’t be tempted to skip the soaking. For a pudding that’s light and fluffy on the inside and crisp on top, the bread needs time to soak up all the milk.)
3. Preheat your oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5.
4. Mix the flour with 2 tsp water, put the mixture in a piping bag and pipe a thin cross on top of each bread round. (If you don’t have a piping bag, use a spoon as neatly as you can.) Sprinkle over the remaining dried fruit, orange zest and mixed spice and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve hot with the quark or fromage frais.
Looking for more Easter recipe ideas?
We’ve got a marvellous menu of Easter recipes to help make the occasion feel special – and Slimming World members will find a bundle of brilliant recipe ideas over on the member website.
Show us your healthy hot cross buns! We’d love to share your Easter treats on the blog or on social (#theSlimmingWorldblog).