Despite the fact they landed on shelves around Australia three months in advance, hot cross buns are (almost) everyone’s guilty pleasure. But sometimes the old faithful ‘toasted with a smear of butter’ can get a little boring. So i’ve come up with a few alternative ways to enjoy your festive, fruity bun.
#1 Ice-cream Sandwich
If you’re a smart shopper that tends to avoid the ‘naughty’ isles where temptation looms then you probably aren’t aware that Coles now sell their own brand of ‘frozen custard ice cream’, the perfect addition to a hot cross bun ice cream sandwich. Simply halve the hot cross bun, toast under the hot grill, add a few scoops of the custard ice cream and top with the remaining half. If you’re feeling super fancy, melt a few squares of chocolate and drizzle over the top.
#2 Creme Egg Surprise
If Cadbury’s Creme Egg’s are your favourite chocolate at Easter, then you’ll love this combo. Fire up your sandwich press and slice your hot cross bun in half with a coating of butter around the outside. Place the bottom half of the bun on the sandwich press, a creme egg in the centre and the remaining half on top. Close the sandwich press and watch the sugary egg ooze all over the bun.
#3 French Toast Twist
If your’e searching for the perfect Easter Monday breakfast idea, this is it. Whisk together 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk and some orange zest and soak the hot cross bun halves in the mixture. Heat a non-stick frying pan, add a knob of butter and fry each half for about 1-2 minutes each side. Remove from heat, plate them up and top them off with some creme fraiche and a drizzle of maple syrup.
#4 A Savoury Delight
Sometimes (not often) we simply can’t do sweet. So i’ve come up with an alternative way to enjoy your Easter treat that won’t give you a sugar rush. Simply cut open your fruity bun, add a few slices of unsmoked streaky bacon and some mature cheddar cheese then toast. Lunch at your work desk never smelt so good.
#5 Bread & Butter Pudding
This one requires a recipe and a bit of time, but it’s totally worth it – especially if your pantry is full of discounted hot cross buns you managed to snag the day before Good Friday. Using chocolate hot cross buns, celebrity chef Nadia Lim has created one crazy good bread and butter pudding that you won’t be able to stop eating. Check out the recipe here.