Easter Pudding Recipe

This dish is a wonderful way to upcycle any left over hot cross buns and make any potential waste go further. The recipe calls for custard, but it's best served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Easter Pudding Recipe

Serves

10-12 people or halve the recipe for 5

Difficulty

Easy

Total Time

1 Hour

Ingredients

10 two-day-old hot cross buns
15 rashes of smoked streaky bacon
Soft butter, at room temperature for greasing the pudding dish
Pudding (or roasting) dish at 20cm x 30cm x 10cm
A little bit of icing sugar for dusting (optional)
For the custard:
500ml of whole milk
500ml of double cream
6 large eggs
150g of caster sugar
50ml of maple syrup (plus more for brushing)
A small pinch of fine sea salt
1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Method

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mix, combine all the custard ingredients and pour into a large jug.

Step 2

Using your fingers, liberally butter the pudding dish with soft butter (don’t be shy).

Step 3

Pre-heat your oven to 200°C.

Step 4

Arrange the bacon onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, brush the rashers with maple syrup and bake in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes or until crispy. Remove from the oven, let the rashes cool and then chop roughly.

Step 5

Reduce the oven heat to 160°C.

Step 6

Cut the stale buns into halves and quarters and then arrange them in the pudding dish randomly.

Step 7

Slowly and gradually, pour the custard over the buns. You might want to let the buns 'drink' some custard before you continue topping them up with more.

Step 8

Sprinkle the chopped bacon on top and in between the buns, tucking the pieces in as you go. Leave some pieces on top of the custard so they can crisp up.

Step 9

Cover the pudding dish loosely with a large sheet of tin foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 10

Remove the foil and continue baking for 15-20 minutes until the pudding is golden brown and the custard appears set when pressed down in the middle of the pudding.

Step 11

Remove from the oven and brush with more maple syrup. Then dust with icing sugar if desired.

Step 12

Let everything cool for 15 minutes before spooning and serving. No extra custard is needed, instead serve it with a dollop of ice cream.

Recipe courtesy of Gail's

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