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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, itโ€™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: Itโ€™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 Iโ€™ll stick to actual prices. Besides, when a breakfast or lunch as good as this sets you back only 70p itโ€™s hard to complain.

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