Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Following Jamie Oliver's lead

I know I need to do a proper post, but this is kinda a 'this week only' thing and deadlines make me do stuff...

So, there's been a Sainsbury's (that's a supermarket chain) ad running here where Jamie Oliver (he's like their spokesman) makes this awesome looking dessert using hot cross buns. Of course, we had to try it. We probably could have winged it based on the easy instructions included in the ad, but we looked it up and found this on the Sainsbury's website (copied to here because it didn't have it's own static page to link to):

Hot cross pudding

Try spreading marmalade on halved hot cross buns and place in an ovenproof dish. Pour over enough of our Taste the difference vanilla custard to almost cover the buns and allow the custard to soak into the buns for about 15 minutes. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 180˚C, fan 170˚C, gas 4. Finish by placing under a hot grill for 5 minutes until golden brown.

More details and our adjustments:
We used 3 buns - make sure you get nice ones that have lots of fruit and stuff in them - and they fit perfectly in the dish we were using. That was basically how we decided how many to use.
We used apricot jam instead of marmalade because Graeme's not really a fan of marmalade.
'Taste the difference' is the fancier (read: more expensive) store brand. We just used long life custard out of a carton because we already had some in the pantry.
We didn't let it sit and soak, mainly because we were following the instructions as remembered by Graeme - I can see the benefit, but there was nothing wrong with ours.
We sprinkled some ground cinnamon on top because we like cinnamon and it seemed like a good idea - I think it was.
It was so good that we agreed I should share it with all of you. Well, technically, Graeme suggested I email the recipe to my mum, but this seemed a better way to share the love.

No photos, because we pretty much devoured it as soon as it came out of the oven (well, 2/3 of it and then Graeme promptly finished the rest), but I still have half the buns left, so I'll probably make it again in the next couple days and might take a photo then.


  1. Picked up the buns today and remembered to get the custard as well so will give this a try over the Easter weekend! Will let you know what we think of it here!

  2. Ditto, Jac bought buns with no fruit and I bought buns with lots of fruit, and I remembered the custard too. SO maybe tomorrow night for dessert we might make it and let you know what we think.

  3. OK. I made it but i also burnt it a bit on top when I had it under the grill too long. Blam trying to do to many things at the same time. It was still good and as Ross said - "You can still get the the concept of what they are trying to do" Thanks dear. Was yum - I used my dad's berry jam. Would be better if I didnt burn it! Loved it was so easy.

  4. I made it again and didnt burn it this time - just skipped that whole grill step. Much better and very good. Thanks K and G for the idea. Happy Easter.