Celebrate spring and Easter with a tasty 3 ingredient Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream Sandwich! So simple and delicious, plus they're ready in just 5 minutes.
Easter dinner can be a pretty epic event. Cooking a massive roast dinner is no mean feat and if you have family coming over then it's pretty hectic.
We'll be having a big roast dinner with all the trimmings, so for dessert I wanted something no-fuss.
I love baking cakes, and my easy carrot cake is great at Easter. But sometimes I just can't face baking (I know!).
If you want a dessert ready in mere minutes, then you must try these hot cross buns ice cream. They're quick, easy and a definite crowd-pleaser.
Although you can use any store-bought hot cross buns, you could also make my carrot and ginger hot cross buns.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
The ice cream melts slightly beneath the hot toasted buns.
Vanilla is the perfect ice cream and it works beautifully with the gently spiced, sweet hot cross buns.
The contrast between the fluffy bread, cold ice cream and rich chocolate syrup is a match made in Easter dessert heaven.
Plus, after spending half the day cooking Easter dinner you can whip the dessert together in just a few minutes!
This is surely the quickest, yet showstopping, dessert possible.
Step by Step
You will need:
- Hot cross buns (any flavour works well - I used toffee and dark chocolate)
- Vanilla ice cream (go for a really nice one! Or even a dairy free vegan one)
- Chocolate syrup
You can pretty much tell how to make these just from looking at the photo! Just toast the hot cross buns, add a scoop of ice cream, drizzle on some chocolate sauce and serve.
Hot Cross Buns Ice Cream Sandwich is such a simple recipe that you can really mix it up and try it in different ways!
Try different flavors of hot cross buns - from traditional raising, to berry, ginger, chocolate etc... You can find many different varieties in supermarkets or make your own.
Switch up the flavor of ice cream! It's incredible with so many flavors, from strawberry or chocolate to pistachio or rocky road.
Instead of chocolate syrup, try drizzling them in a super quick and easy fresh homemade raspberry syrup.
Smash up some chocolate eggs and add them into your ice cream sandwich.
No hot cross buns? No problem! Try making it with croissants, crescent rolls, brioche or challaah. Any sweet bun will do.
More Easter Recipes
I hope you love this super quick and easy Easter dessert recipe. Be sure to check out my other Easter recipes too.
Italian Braided Easter Bread
Easter Rice Krispie Bird Nests
Hot Cross Balls
Carrot and Ginger Hot Cross Buns
Carrot Pizza (shaped like carrots, plus carrot puree in the crusts making it bright orange!)
Carrot Moscow Mule cocktail
Try Simnel Cake from Nigella - a classic British Easter cake.
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Hot Cross Bun Ice Cream Sandwiches
- 4 hot cross buns
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 4 tablespoons chocolate sauce
- Remove the ice cream from the freezer a few minutes before using to thaw slightly.
- Cut the hot cross buns in half and lightly toast them under the grill/broiler.
- Add a scoop of ice cream to the bottom side of each hot cross bun.
- Drizzle with chocolate sauce then add the top of the hot cross bun to make a 'sandwich'. Serve immediately.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.
Wow.. this ice cream sandwich is stunning... Looking too delicious. I am bookmarking this recipe. Keep up the good work.
It is surely a new twist of ice cream sandwich for me. Though I am pretty sure this would be tasty. Thank you for sharing.
I'm not a massive hot cross bun fan but these look toooooo good!
I love this creative dessert - great idea! You are right, Easter dinner can be a real chore. A tasty chore, but still a lot of work! 🙂
SO brilliant to put ice cream in the hot cross buns! makes me want to celebrate Easter today! 😉
That's a genius idea Kate! I will have to make it for the kids on Easter Sunday, bet they're gonna love it!
This is so creative. I have not seen something like this. Can't wait to make this for my son!
What a crowd pleaser! I love hot cross buns, but it's even better with ice cream and chocolate. Great Easter food idea!