Hot cross bun bread pudding

hot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threads
I’m terrible at winning contests. Can a person be terrible at winning contests? Put my name in a hat and 999 times of 1000 you won’t see it again.

Such is my sad story every Easter. I’m a sucker for the White House Easter Egg Roll… it’s just the cutest thing. And especially when Austin was small I just knew it would make his day if I could get us in. At 9, I’m fairly certain he’d kick the First Lady in the shins and challenge one of the poor secret service agents guarding the fence to a karate chop duel… but still I try.

… and every time, I’m unceremoniously rejected, forcing me to speculate that maybe it’s because I live in Maryland, or they just don’t like the letter H. There must be a conspiracy somewhere, right?

hot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threadshot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threads
This year I even thought I’d up my chances by having Mark create a second account, but our Easter karma wasn’t up to snuff.

So, as usual, I’ll just have to reward myself for trying… bread pudding can fix anything, right? And this is best kind, made with the leftover hot cross buns we’ve been snacking on for weeks.

And hey, I’ll keep at it… maybe we’re just meant to wait for Hillary’s reign.

hot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threadshot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threadshot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threadshot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threads

Hot cross bun bread pudding

6 large hot cross buns, cut into cubes and left to stale overnight
4 tablespoons soft butter, plus enough to butter the casserole dish
1 1/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup double cream
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup cane sugar
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1/3 tangerine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of fresh grated nutmeg

Place cubed hot cross buns in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, yolks and sugar together with a whisk. Combine egg mixture with remaining ingredients.

Butter your casserole dish. Place cubed bins in the dish, pressing down to reduce pockets. Pour custard mixture over the cubed buns, not allowing the mixture to go farther than 3/4 of the way up the sides of the dish. Allow to sit for an hour or longer refrigerated.

Preheat oven to 365 degrees.

Bake cooled pudding for 30 to 40 minutes, or until brown and crispy on the top. Cover with foil if the pudding starts to brown too quickly.

After removing from the oven, pipe icing (recipe below) over the pudding. Allow to cool for 20 minutes or until warm to the touch.

Hot cross icing
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients. Pipe over hot cross bun bread pudding as desired.

hot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threadshot cross bun bread pudding // a thousand threads


  1. Posted March 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Three cheers for hot cross bun bread pudding–and scoring a spot at the Easter Egg Roll one of these years!

  2. Posted March 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I could cry just looking at the photos of your cross bun bread pudding. It looks so delicious. I will definitely try doing this at home. I don’t know how a bread looking like this could be rejected. You’re probably right about the conspiracy thing. lol

  3. Posted March 31, 2015 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE this! What a genius way to revive old hot cross buns — it looks so delicious, and your photos are so lovely. Show up at the White House bearing one of these and it’s bound to get you in.. I’m convinced.

  4. Posted April 1, 2015 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Ohhh looks so good!!

  5. Posted April 1, 2015 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    YUM! I saw What Olivia Did post a Hot Cross Cookies recipe a few days ago. Does this call for a themed party? 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  6. Posted April 2, 2015 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    what wonderful photos you have here at your blog. they make me hungry! 🙂

3 Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

  • logo

  • about

    Life, love, and the little things… one thread at a time.

  • explore

  • sponsors

  • dough uprising

  • field + foundry

  • subscribe

  • search

  • FN Design

    I’m so honored that you might want to use a little
    piece of my work, but please do remember to link back.
    Unless otherwise noted, all content and images are my own.

    Full Disclosure: A Thousand Threads is part of several affiliate advertising programs. This means that if you click and/or make a purchase through certain links on this site, I may make a small commission. I also occasionally work with affiliate links on my Pinterest page. The content of my posts or pins, however, are all things I genuinely like. I will only work with affiliates that fit my aesthetic and brand.

    All content is © 2011-2017 A Thousand Threads. All rights reserved.