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Hot cross bun French toast with fresh orange slices

Hot cross bun French toast

Published: April 7, 2021 at 3:50 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

Got stale hot cross buns in the cupboard? Put them to delicious use with this spiced French toast recipe laced with Cointreau


Treat yourself to this hot cross bun French toast, then check out our hot cross buns, chocolate hot cross buns, vegan hot cross buns and hot cross bun bread and butter pudding. Also follow our recipe guide for how to make French toast.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch ground cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 50ml whole or semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 large orange, zested
  • 2 stale hot cross buns, split
  • 2 tsp icing sugar, plus a dusting to serve
  • 2 tsp (optional) Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1 tbsp butter, for frying


  • STEP 1

    Beat the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, spice, milk and orange zest together in a shallow bowl with a pinch of salt. Put the hot cross bun halves into the mixture, turning and pressing down until completely covered, and leave to soak for 5-10 minutes or until soft but not completely collapsing.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, remove the remaining peel and pith from the orange using a small serrated knife, then remove the segments leaving the skins behind. Put the segments into a bowl with any juices. Sprinkle over the sugar and Cointreau (if using) and leave to macerate.

  • STEP 3

    Melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat until foaming. Remove the bun halves from the egg mixture, allow any excess egg to drip off for a second, then fry in the butter for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Serve on plates, topped with the orange pieces, and a little more icing sugar, if you like.


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