Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hot Cross Bun and Butter Pudding

My dish arrived!!! It came yesterday and i was so excited. I am seriously impressed and in love with the dish. It's HUGE. Alot bigger then i was expecting. I'm going to have some fun cooking in it! It would be really good for a large family or for a potluck dinner.

The recipe had great potential but it didn't turn out as good as i'd hoped. But before i turn you all off lets get going with it and see what we can do to improve it.

The dish - as you can see it fits right across my stovetop!

The ingredients-6 chocolate hot cross buns. (I used regular fruit ones. And i used 8 instead of 6).
-30g unsalted butter
- 125g roughly chopped chocolate. (I used Club 70% cocoa. The darker the better in my opinion.)
- 1 vanilla bean. (I used a 1/2 teaspoon of imitation vanilla.)
- 600ml thin cream
- 600ml thickened cream
- zest of 1 orange. (I used a seville orange)
- 4 eggs
- 170g castor sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy(optional) I used orange juice because i don't consume alcohol.

First up cut your hot cross buns in half and butter one side. Place them in the dish.
Next scatter over roughly chopped chocolate. Taste it just in case the chocolate is poisoned.

Replace the lids.
Next start making the custard. In a bowl put your eggs, sugar and juice.

Mix until just combined.
On the stove in a saucepan put your cream and orange zest. Heat slowly on low heat until it just starts to simmer.
Remove from heat and add the egg mixture. Stir well.

Pour in and around your hot cross buns. mmmmmmm. Then leave them for 30minutes so that they can soak up the custard a bit.
Preheat your oven to 170C.

Place your buns in a large roaster or something else big enough. Fill half way up with boiling water. If you've ever made baked custard then you know what i'm talking about.
Bake for 45 minutes.....or an hour....or however long it takes to cook that custard. Recipe says 45minutes...i found i cooked mine for an hour and it STILL wasn't cooked.

Finshed product! Looks yum huh? It IS yum but the custard is so 'creamy' that it made me feel ill. The actual hot cross bun was divine though. I am not sure why the custard didn't set. I used the exact quantities for the custard. Some was set around the actual buns and a little on top but underneath was just runny like cream. And there was a heap of custard. Maybe it was too much? Maybe half the custard would be better. I'd like to try and make a healthier version of this so that it can be eaten and enjoyed for Easter. If anyone has any suggestions let me know!!!


Kris said...

that is certainly NOT on my diet and Hot Cross Buns are not easily found in shops in the US, but I might have to make some homemade buns in order to make this one for a special occasion, like Easter. Yummm....

oh, and I covet that pan!

Jake, Mandy, and Luke said...

Those look delicious, Andrea!! My favorite part is the empty dish as the end. Totally drooling now and I love the dish.

Andrea said...

Kris is there a way to clean it up? LOL You can easily get a hot cross bun recipe online. They are super yum.

Blondentropy said...

What a pretty, practical dish! I love the blue!

The recipe looks yummy. Mmmmm, maybe mom is going to have what SHE wants for Easter breakfast this year!

Jauna said...

That dish is BEAUTIFUL I love its soo pretty. and that food looks soo good mmmm.

Chrissii said...

maybe you should try a different custard?? or you could add a little instant custard powder? And yes i love the pan too!!

Dawnyel said...

So was your chocolate poisoned? ;)
Looks yummy, but like a LOT of work for me...I'm lazy like that tho.

Andrea said...

It wasn't a lot of work at all Dawnyel! You could totally do it! And no the chocolate was not poisoned. phew!

MusicalMom said...

That looks so yummy! I keep hearing about those pans. I'll have to give them a try one day.