Hot Cross Bun French Toast

Hot Cross Bun French Toast

With any public holiday comes a certain amount of food waste. Mothers buying a few too many hot cross buns at Easter, or a little excess turkey at Christmas. People are scared of disappointing others, especially at important times of the year. So, it’s good to have a contingency plan to avoid food waste where possible. This recipe for Hot Cross Bun French Toast is a simple and delicious way of getting rid of those stale Easter leftovers sitting around in your pantry.

Though French toast is usually made with slices of regular or sourdough bread, an indulgent alternative is to use enriched bread like brioche or, in this case, hot cross buns. The natural sweetness of the dough lends itself well to French toast, a treat usually covered in honey or maple syrup.

This recipe is no different in method from any other concerning French toast, it simply does a good job of finishing up those Easter leftovers. Quick, easy and surprisingly decadent, keep this recipe for hot cross bun French toast in mind before you throw yours away.

For another great use for hot cross buns this Easter, check out my recipe for Hot Cross Bread and Butter Pudding…

Recipe for Hot Cross Bun French Toast

Hot Cross Bun French Toast

Serves 2


  • 2 hot cross buns, halved

  • 1 egg

  • 25ml whole milk

  • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  • 10g butter


  1. Gently whisk together the egg, milk and nutmeg in a bowl. Melt the butter in a thick-based frying pan over a medium heat.

  2. Press each half of the hot cross buns into the eggy mixture on both sides. Cook in the melted butter until golden brown on each side. Serve immediately.

Hot Cross Bun French Toast Recipe What to do With Leftover Hot Cross Buns

Cost: It’s always difficult to put a price on recips that make use of ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away. However, to give you a real idea of how much this delicious Easter treat costs I’ll stick to actual prices. Besides, when a breakfast or lunch as good as this sets you back only 70p it’s hard to complain.

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17 comments on “Hot Cross Bun French Toast

  1. Arthur in the Garden!
    April 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm


  2. Kathleen
    April 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    These look delicious! Now I just want to say the poem I remember from my , “Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, one a penny, two a penny, Hot cross bun. 🙂

  3. Conor Bofin
    April 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Another lovely one Nick. They look delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you, Conor – I’ll try to keep pumping lovely ones out!

  4. angelica | table twenty eight
    April 15, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Wow. My mouth just watered. I foresee deliberate excess hot cross bun purchasing in my future…

  5. trkingmomoe
    April 16, 2014 at 3:45 am

    What a great idea to use them up. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Chica Andaluza
    April 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Great idea – mind you no hot cross buns here in Spain so am looking forward to tucking in this weekend when we get to England!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Fantastic! No buns in Spain? I guess that doesn’t really surprise me.

  7. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    What a perfect idea! I might have to buy extra hot cross buns just so I can turn it into french toast!

  8. So Does That Mean I'm Southern
    April 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This looks wonderful!! YUM!

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