My Nan’s Bread & Butter Pudding – Recipe

Talk about a comfort food!  This is a perfect pudding to make and enjoy, whilst waiting for Spring to turn up.  I know, I know – it’s officially Spring already, but it’s still chilly out there!

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to make, and then a further 45 minutes to “bake”.  I asked for the help of Gning with this one…

Ingredients

100g sugar

3-4 tsp sweet mixed spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.)

4 eggs

1l milk (whole / full fat works best)

A few handfuls of sultanas

8 rounds of bread (approximately…  You may need more, depending on the size of the ovenproof dish you use)

Butter – to grease the ovenproof dish

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 190ºC (170ºC for fan assisted ovens).
  • Grease your ovenproof dish with butter.
  • Measure out your sugar, and combine the sweet mixed spice, stirring thoroughly.  I assigned this task to Gning.
  • Measure out your milk, and crack the eggs straight in to it.  Use a whisk to combine it…  This was another task assigned to Gning.

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  • (Optional) cut all the crusts off the bread.
  • Butter one side of each round of bread, and slice in half – side or diagonally, your choice.  Fill the bottom of the ovenproof dish with the sliced bread (butter “up”).
  • I asked Gning to sprinkle some of the sugar mix over the bread, followed by a handful of sultanas.  Repeat this step until the ovenproof dish is full.
  • Pour the egg-milk mixture over the top of the layered bread, and allow to “soak” for 10-15 minutes.  Don’t worry if it looks like you have too much milk…  You don’t.  It will all set wonderfully.

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  • Place in the middle of the oven, and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Your pudding should be ready when it is a lovely golden colour.
  • Serve immediately – with or without cream; or you can leave the pudding to “set”, and serve it cold.  Yummy!

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Spiced Fruit Loaf

This is a rather traditional recipe that is used throughout England and dates back many many years. Often, with afternoon tea, a slice of spiced fruit loaf was served… Here I’ve decided to share the recipe that my nan passed down to me.

Ingredients

12oz self-raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 HEAPED tsp sweet mixed spice

3oz margarine or softened butter

8oz light brown sugar

8oz dried fruit (I just use mixed raisins and sultanas, but you can throw some cherries in if you like)

1 large egg

½ pint milk (preferably full fat, but semi-skimmed worked just as well)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180⁰C (160⁰C if using a fan assisted oven).

  1. Line a bread tin with grease-proof / baking paper, and lightly grease.
  2. Sieve flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and mixed spice together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Using your fingertips, rub in the margarine / butter.
  4. Still using your hands, add the sugar and dried fruit.
  5. When thoroughly mixed, stir in the egg and milk until the dough holds together firmly.
  6. Place into the bread tin.
  7. Place on the middle shelf in a preheated oven for approximately 1 hour (or until cooked through – use a skewer to test).
  8. Allow to cool in the tin before lifting out and placing on a cooling rack.