We’re always looking for ways to reduce our food waste and this year our bakers are giving a second life to day-old Hot Cross Buns. Introducing the Bacon Hot Cross Bun.

To make these maple bacon filled buns, follow the recipe below.


  • 1 GAIL’s Hot Cross Bun (or find the recipe here to make them from scratch)
  • 3 rashers of streaky bacon
  • Maple syrup, we use Buckwud maple syrup
  • Butter


  1. Add oil to a frying pan and heat. Once the pan is hot add the bacon and fry on both sides until crispy
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to the bacon and cook for a further minute
  3. While the bacon is cooking, slice your hot cross bun in half and lightly toast it

Top tip – place the bun face down on top of the toaster, not inside, so it doesn’t get stuck

  1. Butter the toasted hot cross bun and place the bacon inside
  2. Finish with a drizzle of maple syrup for the perfect sweet and salty combination