Hot cross bun pudding with chocolate and orange

And so lock down has been degraded one more level. I am sooo happy.

I have seen so many sides of people during this lockdown so far that it has not been funny. If the universe is listening to me, PLEASE I am tired of learning lessons. I get it, I understand now please let me go back to normal life.

At least cooking hasn’t been affected with this lockdown. There just hasn’t been time to sit down, relax and let the writing juices flow. I am too dam exhausted when I get home to kick back and relax, I just have time to eat, shower and get to bed before my energy levels are depleted.

If you thought that people were my only problem, then think again. I have spent the better half of this lockdown without water and the other half without electricity. The past week I spent 3 days without power due to a burnt out cable across the road from us and then as soon as the temporary cable was put into place and the lights came back on. The water got cut, thanks to faulty chambers and something else and then something else and finally after 3 long days of bucket baths, a sink of dirty dishes and filling up the back of the toilet before flushing the water finally came back on.

Let me just say I have never enjoyed a shower so much as I did the minute I heard the geyser fill up. Of course we were advised by our ward councilor to switch off the geyser during the period when there was no water, so of course as soon as my dad heard that the water was back on, he put the geyser on and argued with me and my mum that the water would be hot, but alas as soon as he jumped into the shower, he jumped right out screaming that the water was ice cold. Not sure why he didn’t just listen… could have saved himself the trouble of wetting a clean towel for no apparent reason.

All in all, life is sort of calming down, the water is still on and off, the temporary cable across the road is still exposed but for now it is holding and keeping the lights on.

So what else can I complain about???

With the power off, the freezer defrosted itself and it gave my mother a chance to go through all the small items that I had shoved into the back of the freezer, she came across 3 packets of hot cross buns from the beginning of lockdown that I had bought and froze in the vain hope that I would be toasting them every morning for breakfast… sure… I sleep through breakfast and drink it as I speed to work.

What to do with these left over hot cross buns that my dad loves soo much but now refuses to eat…. Then I remembered coming across a recipe for hot cross bun pudding and it seemed easy enough to make. With basic pantry ingredients, there wouldn’t even be a need to stop at the store on the way home.

The only downside of this recipe was that it was egg based and I had no idea how to convert it into a eggless version. My mother was over the moon with this fact, because between you and me, she is not a hot cross bun fan, yet every week my dad comes home with a dozen that only he seems to want to eat.

The verdict, I loved this recipe, the chocolate between the two layers melted into oozy goodness and the custard was delicious and the addition of the orange zest just added flavor onto flavor. I never ever thought chocolate and orange would be a good combination, even though everybody raves about it. I just never seemed to get the combination, but after this pudding I can agree and add my stamp of approval that chocolate and orange do in fact go together.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x cups fresh cream.
  • 1 x cup milk.
  • 1 x tsp vanilla essence.
  • 4 x eggs.
  • 160g x castor sugar.
  • Zest of 1 orange.
  • 4- 6 x hot cross buns, sliced in half.
  • 50g x milk chocolate.
  • Icing sugar for dusting.

Method:

  • In a bowl, whisk together the castor sugar and eggs together till light and fluffy and almost doubled in volume.
  • In a saucepan, mix together the milk, cream and vanilla essence.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil.
  • Temper the eggs before adding the eggs to the hot milk mixture.
  • Continuously whisking the mixture till it thickens into a custard.
  • Stir in the orange zest and remove from the heat.
  • In an oven proof dish, place the bottom halves of the hot cross buns.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate over the halves.
  • Cover the chocolate with the top halves of the hot cross buns.
  • Carefully pour the custard around the buns.
  • Set aside for 30 minutes before popping into a preheated oven and baking at 180 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes or until the custard has set.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before generously dusting the tops with icing sugar.

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