Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding with Cream Cheese Frosting
Maximize the tasty glory of the spring holidays with this splurge-y spin on a Lenten bakery classic. It’s the perfect prep-ahead addition to your Easter Sunday spread, and it’s sweet enough to satisfy the cravings that have mounted over 40 days. Watch a scribble of icing melt into a warm scoop of pudding. Or, serve the masses more easily by spreading the pudding into a larger baking dish, letting it cool completely, and cutting it into squares like brownies. Plate the squares of pudding and top each one with an “x” of cream cheese icing to mimic the hot cross buns that inspired the recipe.
bread pudding recipe
- Yield: 12-15 Servings
- Prep Time: 25 Minutes
- Cook Time: 30+ Minutes
bread pudding ingredients
- 1 Dozen Hot Cross Buns
- 3 Slices White Bread
- ½ Cup Raisins
- ½ Cup Bourbon
- 12 Eggs
- ½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- Cooking Spray
hot cross buns recipe
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Prep your ingredients: In a small mixing bowl combine the bourbon and raisins. Cube the hot cross buns and white bread. Grease a baking dish (approximately 9×13 or 7×11).
- In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, cream, and whole milk. Whisk together until everything is uniformly combined.
- To assemble, place a layer of cubed hot cross buns on the bottom of the baking dish, top with some of the cubed white bread, and a sprinkle of the raisins. Repeat layers until everything is used up.
- When the baking dish is full, pour the egg mixture over the bread until the dish looks full and let soak for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, if there is any room in the dish, pour any remaining liquid over the bread.
- Place in the oven and let cook 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check the center of the pudding for doneness; bake longer in 5-minute increments, checking in between each, until the center is set. (The smaller the dish, the thicker the pudding, the longer it will take. The thinner the pudding, the faster it will cook.)
- Once the pudding is finished cooking, remove from the oven and let rest 10-15 minutes. Top each scoop with a cross of Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting and enjoy.
bread pudding tips and tricks
- You can prep, assemble, and soak this pudding a couple of hours in advance of service. Place it in the oven as you begin your main course so that it’s hot and ready to serve when you are ready to enjoy it.
- Hot cross buns are a seasonal specialty found at most bakeries throughout early Spring and the Lenten season. They are sweet yeast rolls traditionally dotted with dried fruit.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- Yield: 1-1½ Cups
- Prep Time: 10 Minutes
- 4 Ounces Cream Cheese 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
hot cross buns recipe
- Place the cream cheese, softened to room temperature, in a mixing bowl and whip until light and fluffy.
- Adding a little at a time, combine the powdered sugar into the cream cheese. Continue whipping together the whole time.
- Before the powdered sugar is completely combined, add the vanilla and beat together.
cream cheese frosting tips and tricks
- This can easily be made in advance and then stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. Anything is better with cream cheese icing on top.