Hot Cross Buns but not as you know them… | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Hot Cross Buns but not as you know them…

Oh, the possibilities!

Sometimes, re-imagining a classic can take it to a new level. From some of Brisbane’s tastiest Easter-y dishes, to some delectable ideas to try at home, we are here to ensure your long weekend is full of buns, hun.

Butterscotch Hot Cross Buns | King Street Bakery

It’s no secret that we think the talented bakers of King Street Bakery are some of the best in the bizz. Fresh, delicious and totally consistent all year round, the baked goodies that come out of this place have made a name for themselves around Brisbane. This Easter, pick up some of their epic butterscotch filled Hot Cross Buns, alongside traditional and Valhrona chocolate chips. 

Hot Cross Bun Donuts | Nodo

I mean, this one speaks for itself. A Nodo donut… but also a Hot Cross Bun. These bad boys are completely gluten free, and packed with all of those familiar spicy Easter flavours we know so well. Order yours for the weekend here. 

Choc Cross Bun Gelato | Gelatissimo 

Chocolate gelato, flavoured with those classic Hot Cross Bun spices, and layered with chunks of freshly-baked buns. It’s like they read our minds and created this limited edition gelato just for us. A dream come true. Pick up yours from your local Gelatissimo, or get it delivered to your door through your preferred delivery party.

Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

This is one for you to try at home. Yes, chef! 

Serves: 8


8 Hot Cross Buns, halved

200ml Double cream

400ml Milk

50g Butter

3 Eggs

75g Caster sugar

1tsp Vanilla extract

2tbsp Cointreau

1 Orange, zested

4tbsp Marmalade (plus extra to glaze)


  1. Butter the buns and spread with marmalade. Sandwich back together and cut all in half, but one.
  2. Arrange in a round baking pan so the whole bun is in the centre, with the halved buns in a circle around (see image below)
  3. Add cream and milk to a saucepan, and heat gently just below simmering point. Whisk together eggs and sugar in a large bowl, and gradually whisk into cream and milk mixture, before stirring in vanilla, cointreau and orange zest.
  4. Pour the mixture over the buns in the baking pan and leave to soak for 15 minutes.
  5. Ensure the buns are soaked and pushed deep into the custard mixture, before baking in an oven for 35-40 minutes at 160 degrees, or until the custard is just set.
  6. Remove pudding from the oven and brush with more marmalade. Leave glazed pudding in the dish for at least 10 minutes, before serving with cream or ice cream. 

Recipe courtesy of Olive Magazine.

Hot Cross Bun Baileys Cocktail

The classic easter treat, re-imagined (and boozy).

Serves: 4


3 Hot Cross Buns, cut into 2cm cubes

8 Scoops chocolate ice-cream

⅓ Cup chocolate syrup

⅓ Cup Baileys

40g Butter

2 ½ Cups Milk

½ Tsp ground cinnamon

¼ Tsp ground nutmeg


  1. Thread hot cross buns onto 8 skewers.
  2. Melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, and add the skewers. Cook, turning for 3 minutes.
  3. Blend ice-cream, chocolate syrup, Baileys, nutmeg, cinnamon and milk until smooth.
  4. Drizzle chocolate syrup inside four glasses, and rim with syrup and optional peanuts.
  5. Fill glasses with cocktail mixture and top with skewers.
  6. For an extra special garnish, add more ice cream, cream, chocolate syrup, and peanuts! 

Recipe courtesy of Taste.


So. How do you like your buns?