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Hot cross bun French toast recipe

Hot cross bun French toast recipe

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Try something new with a pack of hot cross buns with this indulgent French toast idea. It makes a decadent Easter brunch or dessert. Serve with melted chocolate for dipping! See method

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 10 mins
  • 302 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • spray oil, for greasing
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 50ml whole milk
  • ½ tsp almond or vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 6-pack hot cross buns
  • 100g bar classic 74% dark chocolate
  • icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    11g 15%
  • Saturates

    5g 27%
  • Sugars

    17g 19%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 39.4g Protein 9.7g Fibre 5.2g


  1. Preheat the air-fryer for 2 mins to 180 ̊C and grease the basket with 2-3 sprays of oil. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, almond extract and spices. 
  2. Carefully dip the hot cross buns into the custard with tongs, coating all over, then transfer to the air-fryer for 5 mins before flipping and cooking for another 2 mins. 
  3. Meanwhile, heat the chocolate in a heatproof bowl in the microwave for 2 mins in 30-sec bursts until melted. Dust the hot cross buns with a little icing sugar, if you like, then serve with the melted chocolate for dipping.

Tip: This recipe uses an air-fryer. To cook on the hob, spritz a nonstick frying pan with spray oil. Over a medium heat, cook the coated buns for 3-4 mins each side until golden.

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