Easter hot cross bun pudding with chocolate and pears

Nadia Lim's hot cross bun pudding recipe is a must-try this Easter! Dotted with butter, chocolate and marmalade, soaked in custard then served with maple-roasted pears, this dessert is decadence at its best!
Chocolate hot cross bun and butter pudding


To serve


1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a medium-sized baking dish with butter (this recipe used a 27 x 18cm baking dish).
2.Cut each bun horizontally into 1cm-thick slices (about 3 slices per bun). Spread each piece with butter and marmalade. Arrange in baking dish, overlapping, until the baking dish is full. Scatter chopped chocolate over the top.
3.Whisk together eggs, first measure of cream, milk, vanilla and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar then pour over the sliced buns and chocolate. Push the buns down gently to soak in the custard.
4.Sprinkle remaining brown sugar over the top and drizzle with last measure of cream.
5.Bake for about 25 minutes until top has formed a crust and the custard is just set. Let pudding stand for 10-15 minutes before serving warm with custard, ice cream or cream, plus roasted fruit if desired. Or keep it in the fridge for breakfast pudding the next day – it’s such a treat warmed up with custard or cream!
  • To make maple-roasted pears, quarter 4 just-ripe pears length-ways (don’t bother peeling, coring or removing stem). Place in a medium baking dish, sprinkle with a good pinch of cinnamon and drizzle with 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup. Pour ¼ cup water into the baking dish. Roast for about 40 minutes at 180°C, basting the pears a few times throughout. Dairy-free, gluten-free.

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