Baking, Something sweet

Bread & butter pudding

This is a great way to use up leftover / stale bread and make yourself a delicious pudding with a lovely contrast of textures, soft custardy bread at the bottom and crispy sugary bread on top. It’s a great pudding to make if you have the oven on. This will serve four people.

Pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees C / 350 F. Take eight thin slices of bread and make four marmalade sandwiches with them, buttering the bread and spreading marmalade on them. Then place the sandwiches flat on a bread board and butter the top side and cut the sandwiches diagonally into quarters. Next grease a 2 pint baking dish or 4 ramekins (if you want to make individual puddings) and arrange the sandwiches in the dish with the buttered side and triangle tops facing up. Sprinkle over a handful of sultanas or raisins. Then in a measuring jug mix together 250ml milk, 50ml of cream and two large free-range eggs and beat them together, add 1 tbsp. sugar and a good grating of nutmeg and mix in. Next slowly pour this custard mixture over the sandwiches, the bread will absorb it. Finally, grate some more nutmeg on top and sprinkle a tbsp. of sugar over the top. Bake for about 30 mins until the bread tops are golden brown. (Individual portions will cook a little quicker.) Serve while hot, you can pour some cream over the top if you want to be extra indulgent.


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