If you're stuck with less than fresh hot cross buns, soak them in gorgeous eggy custard for an Easter monday pud.
For the custard, whisk the egg yolks, whole eggs and sugar together in a bowl.
Place the milk, cream and the vanilla pod and seeds into a pan over a low heat and slowly bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and remove the vanilla pod.
Pour the milk and cream onto the egg mixture and whisk well.
Butter the hot cross buns, then cut into quarters.
Place a layer of the hot cross buns into a 22cm/9in x 10cm/4in, 5cm/2in deep ovenproof dish.
Sprinkle with some sultanas and raisins and the demerara sugar. Repeat the layers and finish with a final layer of buns.
Pour the custard over the buns and leave to stand for 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4.
Place the dish into a deep roasting tray and add enough water to the tray to come a third of the way up the dish (this is a bain-marie). Cover with foil.
Carefully place the pudding and bain-marie into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the custard has set. Remove the foil for the final five minutes of cooking to brown the top.
Serve the pudding with cream or mascarpone.
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