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If you are an Easter Hot Cross Bun fan then here is a great way to use up some left over, or going a bit stale!  Other similar buns can used instead and all sorts of other fruits breads and even brioche or Panettone are delicious as well.

Three buns should be sufficient for 4 servings. Cut horizontally into two or three layers if very deep, then cut across into half. Spread with a little softened butter or marmalade, or your favourite preserve and layer into an ovenproof dish.

* Beat together two medium eggs with 300ml milk and possibly a drop of vanilla or almond essence. Pour this over the bread so it is completely covered, and leave until the milk is all soaked up. Sprinkle in dried fruits too for a richer pud - or chopped dates, apricots or prunes.
* Heat the oven 180C/350F/gas mark 4 and cook for about 40 minutes or until the top layer is turning golden. Sprinkle with a little Demerara sugar just before the end.
* For a really rich and delicious result use up some left over cream with the milk!


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