Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

Yesterday I made a Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding. It was a great success and I wanted to share it with you.

I had a couple of of Hot Cross Buns that were a little stale and I decided that they would be good in a pudding.

I found a bread and butter pudding recipe and adapted it, here’s what I did;

I sliced the buns into 3 slices, so I had 6 slices of of Hot Cross Buns. I layered these into a well buttered dish and drizzled melted butter on them.

For the custard mixture, I whisked 2 eggs with 225ml of whole milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and 1 tablespoon of caster sugar.

I poured the custard mix over the buns and allowed to soak for 20 minutes. I then drizzled a little golden syrup on top and finished with a sprinkling of nutmeg.

This baked in the oven at 180c until it was golden and had a firm wobble.

I really enjoyed this dessert, it was a lovely tasty treat. I love to eat Hot Cross Buns at this time of year and I am looking forward to doing more Easter cooking and baking. I enjoy Easter as a religious festival and find it such a poignant time of thought and reflection.

Hopefully I will be able to share some Easter Crafts soon.

Thanks for reading,


A Comforting Dinner

Tonight I made a lasagne for dinner. This is a really great comfort meal and lasagne has always been one of my favourite foods.

I decided to make a lentil lasagne, so the main filling was made up of red lentils, chopped tomatoes, courgettes, red peppers and carrots. I also added vegetable stock, black pepper and dried oregano. I brought this mixture of ingredients to the boil and then simmered until it had a good consistency.

I made a thick white sauce, made of butter, flour and milk and then added cheese to make a rich cheese sauce.

I decided to use my heart shaped pie dish to bake my lasagne in. I thought it would fit in well with the Valentine’s theme. I layered the lentil mixture, lasagne sheets and cheese sauce into the dish and popped in the oven to bake!

I also made a quick microwave dessert today – Banana Sponge Pudding. This was a quick made up recipe for a simple and fast dessert.

I mashed half a banana and mixed with a little brown sugar and baking spread. I then added an egg and a sprinkling of cinnamon and mixed well. I added enough self raising flour to make a thick batter and sliced the remaining half of banana up and placed on top of the batter. I microwaved this until it was cooked. And there you have it – a simple banana pudding. (I made this pudding in a microwaveable bowl so it can be prepared and cooked in the same dish)

Hope you had a great Thursday Dinner