French toast hot cross buns

French toast hot cross buns

It’s Easter time and since the 1st of January I’ve been able to buy gluten-free hot cross buns at the supermarket. But what do you do if you buy some buns that maybe aren’t so great? One batch I bought recently was so dry it actually wasn’t enjoyable to eat. I was wondering what to do with them when it hit me – French toast using hot cross buns.

French toast is surprisingly easy and not nearly as much of a hassle as I tend to think it is. This French toast recipe uses just three ingredients, eggs, milk and of course hot cross buns. You don’t need to add any extra spices like you would in a regular French toast recipe because they are already in the buns.

Hot cross bun French toast

Preparation tips

There’s only one thing to note when you make this, particularly if you’re using a gluten-free hot cross bun like I did. Don’t leave your bun in the mix for too long! It’ll soak up the mixture and potentially start to fall apart.

The first half I made the corner broke away, I would say I had the piece in there for a minute or longer. Every hot cross bun recipe will be different, if it’s really like cake like and crumbly take extra care. If it’s a proper hot cross bun that’s built more like a dough it’ll better withstand a long soak.

Oh if you’re wondering, for this recipe I used the Woolworths free from gluten fruitless hot cross buns – I found them a little bit dry which made them a good candidate for this recipe. I bet it would taste even better with regular hot cross buns – the fruit inside would make it so good!

Let me know if you try this recipe and tag me in your creations on Instagram @kati_keksi and #katikeksi

a hot cross bun made into French toast

Hot Cross Bun French Toast

This three ingredient recipe turns your extra hot cross buns into delicious French toast in a matter of minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 2 serves


  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 Wisk or use a fork
  • 1 Frying pan
  • 1 Spatula


  • 2 Hot cross buns
  • 2 Eggs
  • 50 mL Milk dairy free is also fine
  • 1 tsp Butter for frying


  • Slice the buns open and set to one side.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the eggs and slowly add in the milk.
  • Turn your frying pan on to a medium to hot heat and add the butter to melt.
  • Dip the sliced bun into the egg mixture allowing it to sit for ten seconds each side. Note: it will become quite delicate once wet with the mixture.
  • Lift the soaked bun out and place it directly into the hot pan. Repeat with other pieces until your pan is full.
  • Cook the buns on each side for a few minutes or until the egg mixture is cooked. You should get a nice brown colour on each side.
  • Serve your French toast hot cross buns with powdered sugar, fresh fruit and of course maple syrup.


Gluten-free hot cross buns can be quite fragile so keep this in mind when soaking in the egg mixture.
Keyword brunch, easter, eggs easter, french toast, hot cross buns

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