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Hot cross bun trifle recipe

Hot cross bun trifle recipe

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The ultimate Easter dessert, this brilliantly boozy trifle features six stunning layers of toasted hot cross buns, caramelised fruit, salted caramel, mascarpone, custard and soft whipped cream. The perfect way to end your Easter feast. See method

  • Serves 16
  • 25 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 414 calories / serving
  • Vegetarian


  • 4 hot cross buns, toasted and torn
  • 6 tbsp sherry, brandy or Cointreau
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 1 large pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 small apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium peaches, stoned and sliced
  • 25g soft brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp salted caramel sauce
  • 1 x 250g pot light mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 8 tbsp double cream
  • 1 x 500g pot fresh custard

For the topping

  • 400 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
If you don't have any pears, try using apples

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    31g 44%
  • Saturates

    18g 91%
  • Sugars

    22g 24%
  • Salt

    0.2g 3%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 29.5g Protein 4.8g Fibre 1.4g


  1. Arrange the torn hot cross buns in the base of a glass trifle bowl (approx 1 litre). Pour over the sherry, brandy or Cointreau, slowly, so it soaks into the buns.
  2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and cook the pear and apples over a moderately high heat for 5 mins, stirring and tossing occasionally, until beginning to soften and turn golden in places. Add the peaches and scatter over the sugar. Toss once or twice to mix in the sugar, then remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Arrange the fruit over the buns in the dish.
  3. Drizzle over the caramel sauce, allowing it to seep down between the layers.
  4. Mix the mascarpone cheese with the mixed spice and sugar until well blended. Add the cream and mix again gently, until soft. Spoon over the top of the fruit and gently push to the edges using the back of a spoon.
  5. Pour over the custard and, again, swirl to the edges of the dish using the back of a spoon.
  6. For the topping, whip the cream until soft peaks form, then carefully spoon on top of the custard in peaks. Scatter with the pecans to finish. Serve immediately or chill for up to 6 hours before serving.

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