Monday, March 24, 2008

Bread and Butter Pudding

Submitted by Susanna Duffy, The Canny Granny

My father used to make Bread and Butter Pudding. I wish he hadn't. It was years and years past childhood before I dared to try it again.

It was the only thing he could make, apart from eggs on toast, and whenever he started reaching for the custard and sultanas, we knew what was coming. Back in the 1950s brown bread was his idea of healthy food for children and he would base the pudding on a whole grain kibble monstrosity that weighed as much as ten house bricks. For all I know house bricks may have tasted better. My brothers managed to get away with one or two mouthfuls but I was soft hearted, and would eat all of my portion. He thought I liked it.

Much much later I found out how to make real bread and butter pudding. The bread is the answer to a lovely sweet pudding. Don't use soft, "plastic" bread, and never, never try this pud with brown bread! A high tin, or any well-made white sandwich loaf, will do the trick.

  • 25g (1-oz.) butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 8 thin slices bread
  • 50g (2-oz.) sultanas (golden raisins)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • 500 ml (1/2 pint) packet of custard

    Grease a 1-litre (2-pint) pie dish with butter. Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread one side of each slice with butter, then cut into triangles.

    Arrange a layer of bread, buttered-side up, in the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of sultanas. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, then repeat the layers of bread and sultanas, sprinkling with cinnamon, until you have used up all of the bread. Finish with a layer of bread, then set aside.

    Pour the custard over the prepared bread layers and sprinkle with nutmeg and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 180C (355F/Gas 4). Place the dish into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until the custard has set and the top is golden-brown.

    Dear Dad, he whipped up a big dish of bread and butter pudding made with some ghastly brown sourdough loaf for my 50th birthday, as a special treat. It was special alright, it was the last gift he ever gave me.

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