500g hot cross buns (mini ones if you like), sliced in half horizontally
600ml double cream
1 tsp crushed cardamom pods
8 egg yolks
75g caster sugar
150g dried apricots, chopped
150g toasted walnuts, chopped
150g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
Demerara sugar, for glazing (optional)
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas 2. Grease a 22cm square baking dish with butter.
Step 2 Butter the cut sides of each hot cross bun half with the softened butter. Set aside the tops and bottoms separately.
Step 3 Bring the cream and cardamom up to the boil then take off the heat.
Step 4 Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar together. Pour in the boiled cream then return the mixture to the pan over a medium heat, stirring, until it just thickens.
Step 5 Strain the custard through a sieve then pour half of it into the bottom of the greased dish.
Step 6 Sprinkle over half of the chopped apricots, walnuts and chocolate. Add a layer of buns, using the bottom halves and gently pressing them into the custard, then repeat the process with the custard, fruit, nuts and chocolate (leaving a little to scatter on top).
Step 7 Make another bun layer with the top halves facing up, and scatter with the remaining fruit, nuts and chocolate pieces.
Step 8 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until just set. Leave to cool a little.
Step 9 Sprinkle over the demerara sugar, if using, and use a kitchen blowtorch to caramelise it if you like. Serve.
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