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…
Hot Cross Bun French Toast
2 hot cross buns, halved
25ml whole milk
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Gently whisk together the egg, milk and nutmeg in a bowl. Melt the butter in a thick-based frying pan over a medium heat.
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.
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.
17 replies on “Hot Cross Bun French Toast”
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. 🙂
*from my childhood. 🙂
Hah – if only they were that cheap now.
Another lovely one Nick. They look delicious.
Thank you, Conor – I’ll try to keep pumping lovely ones out!
Wow. My mouth just watered. I foresee deliberate excess hot cross bun purchasing in my future…
That’s not the point 😉
What a great idea to use them up. Thanks for sharing.
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!
Fantastic! No buns in Spain? I guess that doesn’t really surprise me.
What a perfect idea! I might have to buy extra hot cross buns just so I can turn it into french toast!
That’s not the point 😉
This looks wonderful!! YUM!
Thank you – it was really delicious.
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