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Weird and wonderful ways to upgrade your hot cross buns to create delicious dishes that may cause a stir this Easter

One of the debates of 2023 we didn’t have on our ‘headlines of the year’ bingo card was whether or not you can mess around with hot cross buns! But as a nation that loves to get heated about all things food and whether we stick with the traditional way or do things a little differently of course tensions are running high with this national debate.

So, if you are feeling cross about people messing with traditional buns this Easter look away now because we have some delicious ideas to make your hot cross buns into so much more!

From the trendiest TikTok recipes to hot cross bun cocktails discover your favourite twists on the classic Easter treat and grab SPAR’s extra fruity hot cross buns in store now for just £1.75.

Stuffed Hot Cross Buns

Have you ever wanted to see what happens if you combine a hot cross bun and a doughnut? Well move over cronuts, there is a new hybrid in town.

Simply grab a pack of hot cross buns and stuff them with the filling of your choice - chocolate ganache, strawberry jam, custard or even whipped feta for the savoury lovers out there! You’ll need a piping bag to get your filings inside the buns and then you can add whatever ingredients you love the most to level up your snack. 

Check out the full recipe here from Delish.

Mug Cake Hot Cross Buns

We all love to follow a fun TikTok recipe trend and this one has proved a hit thanks to its easy method which will transform any hot cross bun.

All you need to do is cut the top off a hot cross bun and then chop the rest into small cubes. Get yourself a large mug and start to layer the ingredients - hot cross bun, topped with some chocolate pieces and then a milk, sugar and egg mixture poured over. Keep repeating this and then add the top of the bun to hold it all together. Microwave for two and a half minutes and voila!

Check out @tigga_mac to see how it’s done and try for yourself.

Hot Cross Espresso Martini

Yes you read that right - a hot cross bun cocktail! Give your favourite Espresso Martini an Easter twist by simply blending a hot cross bun and creating a sugar syrup by combining with sugar and water. Shake your vodka and coffee liquor together, add the hot cross bun sugar syrup and pour into a glass to enjoy a brand new tipple.

To make it extra special place two stirrers in a cross over the top - and dust to make a cute hot cross bun pattern which your guests will love!

You can find a guide on how to make this fantastic tipple here by @craftginclub

Hot Cross Bun Pudding

 A delicious Easter dessert that’s incredibly easy to make and perfect to impress everyone after your Easter lunch. Slice up your hot cross buns and add the bottoms to a baking tray, throw in whatever sweet extras you fancy (we recommend chocolate and mini eggs for an even more Easter-themed dessert) and add the top layers of your buns back on. Then make your custard, pour over the tray and add some chocolate on the top, bake, and enjoy!

 Check out the fantastic @Janespatisserie on TikTik here to see for yourself.

Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream Sandwich

This dish does what it says on the tin and takes two standard ingredients to the next level with a combination of the most delicious desserts we can think of!

Choose your favourite ice cream flavour, whether it’s vanilla, chocolate or mint, and spoon into the middle of two toasted hot cross buns. It couldn’t be simpler! Add chocolate or caramel sauce if you’re feeling a little extra and throw in some sprinkles too.

See how simple it is to make yourself with @somethingaboutsandwiches

Breakfast Bacon Hot Cross Bun

 For the adventurous among you, this is a real game changer for breakfast with sweet and salty flavours. Firstly get the bacon cooking in a pan, half the hot cross buns and toast in the same pan so it absorbs the delicious flavour. Butter the hot cross bun and build your ideal breakfast treat adding any extras like spinach or cheese and enjoy this Easter twist one special morning!

Take a look at the @mam_sham team trying it out for themselves here.

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