Before I came to Australia, hot cross buns were a completely foreign idea to me. Most of the bread I had growing up was savoury, so needless to say when I got exposed to fruit breads, I became obsessed because now it felt like there should be sultanas in EVERYTHING. So I decided to combine my love for bread pudding – it runs in my family, I swear! – and newfound appreciation for the hot cross bun, into a next level dessert to warm you up this winter.

And of course, what’s dessert without a little secret ingredient?

Enter the Nutella Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding, for all of your wintry hazelnut chocolate pudding needs.

Nutella Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding

Tammi Kwok
Bread Pudding has always been a favourite in my family - after all, how can you go past custard and soggy bread? Because I just happened to have one too many Hot Cross Buns, I thought it might be a good idea to create a Hot Cross Bun Bread Pudding, souped up with Nutella, of course.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 8


  • 6 hot cross buns
  • 180 ml cream 3/4 cup
  • 500 ml milk 2 cups
  • 4 large eggs
  • 150 g white sugar caster preferred
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 80 g Nutella
  • 5 g of peeled hazelnuts roughly chopped (optional)


  • Heat your oven to 170C.
  • Cut the buns in half horizontally and spread both sides generously with Nutella. Go on, you can't have too much Nutella in your life.
  • Place into a pan that will fit the buns in snugly.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, till the sugar is completely dissolved. For extra smoothness, strain the custard mixture through a fine sieve.
  • Pour slowly over the buns. The pan might seem quite full, but it's just because the buns haven't absorbed the custard yet.
  • Leave to soak for 20 minutes or so, pressing on the buns gently to encourage said soaking.
  • Place the pan into a larger roasting pan, and fill the larger pan halfway up with hot water from a kettle.
  • Scatter over hazelnuts, if using.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes, turning halfway through, until the pudding is very lightly browned on the top and it still is slightly wobbly.
  • Remove from the water and leave for 10 minutes to rest before serving.

What’s your favourite way to turn a seasonal favourite into a classic dessert? I’d love to hear your creative ideas in the comments below!


  1. Christine @ Cooking Crusade April 1, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    giiiiirl this is like the best bread and butter pudding I’ve ever had! Still dreaming about it!!!! You rock my culinary world. Xo

    1. tammi - Site Author April 3, 2015 at 4:14 am

      You don’t know how much that pleases the culinary megalomaniac in me. haha!

  2. Dannielle @ Zamamabakes April 3, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Tammi I am very much a fan of your secret ingredient, in fact I’m just about to go and enjoy some on a buttery crumpet!
    I haven’t had a bread pudding in ages, I know where I’m going to head when the weather cool down a little more.
    Thanks coming to join the party over at Fabulous Foodie Fridays!
    Have a beautiful Easter! x

    1. tammi - Site Author April 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Isn’t Nutella just the best? I could eat out of the jar with a spoon.

  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make April 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Oh gosh, this looks amazing! I am going to make some Hot Cross Buns just for this recipe!

    1. tammi - Site Author April 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Now that’s dedication!

  4. Neda B April 3, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve never had bread pudding, but this sounds like a great place start!

    1. tammi - Site Author April 5, 2015 at 12:14 am

      You’ve never had bread pudding?! You gotta try it. It’s all sorts of stodgy comforting goodness.

  5. Bec April 5, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    These look amazing! I also love your red and white tray.

    1. tammi - Site Author April 7, 2015 at 1:38 am

      Thank you! I got it at Woolworth’s on sale! Gotta love the sale.

  6. Catherine Holt April 7, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    If I had any hot cross buns left, I would SO be making this. It looks absolutely delicious 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  7. Paula McInerney March 27, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I would be one of the few people in the world not to have ever tried Nutella. However, I do like hot cross buns

  8. Lauren March 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is going to become my Easter staple! I adore all three parts to the dish… Literally blown away by the deliciousness! Great recipe 🙂

    1. tammi - Site Author March 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you! It was definitely one of my favourite recipes to do. =)

  9. Elissa March 27, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Great combination of lots of yummy things – what a cool idea.

  10. Anna @ shenANNAgans March 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I bought a jar of nutella to make your bun pudding, unfortunately (or more fortunately perhaps) I ate the jar before I could put it into action. Haha! But I freakin LOVE this recipe, its only been in the last few years that I discovered nutella hot cross buns and I would never have thought to pudding it up. Sharing this bad boy for sure. Mmmmm!

    1. tammi - Site Author March 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, amirite? 😉 I too, had difficulties saving enough Nutella for the dish. Hehe!

  11. Rosemary March 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Bread pudding is my favorite dessert and I love your twist to it. You really can’t go wrong with Nutella. Looks so delicious, ready to help myself immediately!

  12. Krysten March 28, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This looks so good. I would eat all of them
    Myself though because hubby doesn’t like Nutella!! Thanks for the post!

    1. tammi - Site Author March 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Oh wow! I think he’s the first person I’ve heard of that doesn’t like Nutella! You know, it would also be banging with a peanut butter filling…

  13. Serina Huang March 28, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Oh, this looks soooo decadent. Sadly I didn’t have any hot cross buns leftover to use. Or maybe given the cream and chocolate in this dish that was a good thing:) I just love the way you have styled this. So pretty.

    1. tammi - Site Author March 30, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thank you! I’m sure with hot cross buns like the beautiful ones you’ve made, I wouldn’t have any left over either! Thank you for coming by. =)


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