Looking for an Easter breakfast? Try these scrumptious French Toasted Hot Cross Buns. So easy to make and so quick that you can have them on the table in under 15 minutes.
We have come to that time of year again. Easter is not far away. The hot cross buns are out on the supermarket shelves.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love making my own hot cross buns. However, there are times when I walk through the bakery section of the supermarket and see the packets of hot cross buns on special or heavy marked down.
And I just can’t help but buy them. Which does come in handy from time to time as I love using hot cross buns for other recipes, such as these French toasted hot cross buns.
So whether you buy or bake your own, this recipe makes for a great breakfast or brunch.
But the best part is you don’t lose the hot cross bun flavour either.
Unlike my Vanilla and cinnamon French toast recipe, this recipe blends to the hot cross bun flavour using cinnamon and mixed spices in the egg and milk mix.
How to make French Toasted Hot Cross buns at home.
- Hot cross buns
- Vanilla extract
- Mixed Spices
This really is a super quick recipe to whip up and great for those unexpected bunch guests as well.
Whisk eggs and milk together in a small bowl.
Add the Cinnamon, mixed spices and vanilla extract and whisk well.
Place a fry pan or skillet on the stove over medium heat. I also find using my pancake frypan is excellent for this recipe.
Add a teaspoon of butter to the frypan and allow it to melt. Swirl the butter around to try and coat the pan as much as possible.
Cut the hot cross buns in half as equal as possible.
Quickly dip one half into the egg mixture; about ½ cm of the bun should be dipped in.
Do not let the bun soak up the mixture.
Pro Tip: As the hot cross buns are thick, even when cut in half, if any mixture soaks in too far, it will not cook past the surface of the bun, and you will be left with a soggy centre.
Then allow the excess to drip and place on the frying pan.
Depending on the size of the frypan you are using you should be able to get 2 full hot cross buns done at once. I only did 1 for the purpose of the pictures, but can fit 2 in mine.
Move the bun in a circle to avoid it from sticking.
Then allow it to cook until brown, approximately 1 ½ to 2 minutes. You are looking for the same golden brown and texture that you would get when making French toast.
Once golden brown, flip them over to slightly toast on the other side, this step is optional.
What flavours of hot cross buns can you use
There are many hot cross buns nowadays, and I had to try all our favourite ones.
Of course, I made this with our Fruit free ones, but it does go well with the traditional ones, and the flavours of the spices are the same.
However, I found that the chocolate flavour overpowers the mixture’s original hot cross bun flavour of the mixture.
Although it is still toasted the same way, you don’t lose the chocolate flavour.
Can you use a typical French toast mixture instead?
If you are more partial to the standard French toast mixture then, yes, you can use it. It will just change the flavour of the buns, and you will get more of the French toast taste instead of the hot cross bun taste.
Our Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast recipe is a great option, which works really well on the traditional hot cross buns and the fruit free.
Other Easter Ideas on Just So Yum
We love making Easter time fun for the kids, from making their Easter baskets to decorating eggs.
But it is fun for us too, making all different types of recipes either for the kids and us to eat or for entertaining.
- Soft and Fluffy Fruitless Hot Cross Buns are not just great on their own but an excellent base for many other recipes.
French Toasted Hot Cross Buns
- 6 Hot Cross Buns Store bought or Homemade
- 2 Eggs
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ tsp Mixed Spice
- You can use either store brought Hot Cross Buns for this or use our Hot Cross Bun Recipe
- Add eggs and milk into a bowl or shallow dish and whisk well. Add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and mixed spices and whisk to combine.
- Place a frypan over medium heat, add a small amount of butter, allowing it to melt while coating the base of the pan.
- Cut the hot cross buns in half, dip into the french toast mix and allow excess to drip off. Place onto the frypan and allow to cook till golden brown.
- Once golden brown, you can flip them over to toast the other side, but is optional.