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Hot cross bun muffin

By April 14, 2022October 11th, 2023FinGlobal

Hot cross bun muffin

April 14, 2022

Let’s talk South African Easter Recipes! With Easter just around the corner, hot cross buns are undoubtedly on the top of your shopping list, second only to the pile of Easter eggs that is! The usual manic rush before the long Easter weekend ensues with all Saffas eager to enjoy good old South African food both Friday and Monday off with family and loved ones celebrating this very special time of year.  If you are anything like us, we always buy just a few too many hot cross buns to eat on Good Friday. This has its advantages of supplying an army of hungry tummies for the whole weekend, but by Monday, you might find they are a little stale or beyond their best – and dare we say it, you might be going a little off Hot Cross Buns after all that indulgence. Then what?

Well, there’s a simple solution for repurposing hot cross buns! Let’s indulge in a little treat we call hot cross buns french toast muffins! Now that’s a mouthful – and trust us – they are! Hot cross buns French Toast Muffins are perfect to use up the leftovers and supply an on-the-go snack for the family.

Traditionally, hot cross buns have been scoffed at Easter, representing the Christian religious holiday. Hot cross buns symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus, the cross on the bun is a symbol of the cross Jesus was nailed to. There are many variations on the classic spiced sweet bun made with fruit, including chocolate, caramel, and even fudge flavoured buns – yum! They are usually sold in packs of half a dozen and are decadent eaten toasted and smothered in butter – double yum!

South African Easter recipes – enter the spotlight with the hot cross bun muffin

The origins of the decadent hot cross bun

While the Hot Cross Bun is enjoyed in many countries, its origin is deep in the Hertfordshire County in England. A 14th-century monk in the Abbey called Thomas Rocliffe baked his first batch of hot cross buns based on the recipe of an Alban bun. He baked these to distribute among the poor in his district, and they were so popular that soon everyone was trying to replicate Thomas Rocliffe’s recipe.

What makes a hot cross bun so delectable is its ingredients! What’s inside? It is simply a decadently soft bun made with a sweet, spiced bread dough, accented with raisins. Baked and enjoyed hot or cold, it is a firm family favourite Easter recipe for many.

Transforming hot cross buns into delectable french toast

After the long-awaited Good Friday, everyone’s filled to the brim with hot cross buns, but there’s usually many left over at this stage to still get through. If you’re tempted to throw them away, think again – they may be a little stale, but with a bit of effort, you can transform them into a delectable treat. And this treat is well worth your time! The recipe you’re about to discover will change the way you look at 2-day old hot cross buns forever and it’s one of the best Easter recipes out there.

Hot cross bun french toast recipe

As far as Easter recipes go, this one comes out tops!

What you need:

  • Two packs of Hot Cross Buns (12 hot cross buns in total)
  • 7 large eggs
  • 410 g full cream evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • One large bowl
  • One wooden mixing spoon
  • Knife to cut the hot cross buns
  • Whisk or fork to whisk
  • Greased muffin tray/s, grease 16 muffin holes

What to do:

  1. Combine the eggs, full cream evaporated milk together in a large bowl. Then add the sugar and whisk until the mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Cut or break up the Hot Cross Buns into bite-size pieces and throw them into the same bowl.
  3. Soak the Hot Cross Bun pieces in the French toast mixture for three to five minutes to allow the bun to soak up the mixture thoroughly.
  4. Divide the mixture into the 12 muffin holes in the pan.
  5. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius until golden brown.
  6. Use a skewer to check that the muffins are cooked right through before removing the muffins from the oven. If the skewer comes out dry, the muffins are ready.

Cool the muffins in the tray for 5 – 6 minutes, then remove them from the tray using a butter knife to loosen them. These muffins go well with all the usual delights of French toast. Think syrup, cinnamon, cream, brown sugar, honey – whatever floats your French toast boat!

Whipping up these delightful after-Easter treats will only take you 50 minutes, with 15 minutes preparation time and 35 minutes cooking time. But, of course, the eating time depends entirely on you – gobble a few down quick before the others get a chance!

This Easter, spoil your tastebuds with our recipe – you really won’t regret it! You will enjoy a delectable taste sensation and have the peace of mind that nothing has gone to waste.

Happy Easter from the FinGlobal team

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