Firstly, this is bread pudding – not bread and butter pudding. My husband always raved about his mum’s bread pudding, but when he told me it was made from leftover bread, sultanas and spices it didn’t really sound too appetising! He was completely right though, it is delicious! We now make this all the time, it is really really good and easily as good as ‘proper’ cake.
This is shameless theft of my mother in laws easy and delicious recipe with a few little tweaks of my own, mainly the orange juice and zest which I think gives it a nice lift.
It is a great way to use up bread that is going stale – it is just perfect with a cup of tea. I like to nibble my bakes straight from the oven usually, but this is one recipe that is better when it it is warm or cold rather than hot.
Please let me apologise for the crappy photos – it was really late at night when I made this and the lighting was terrible!
Next time you have some leftover bread lying around, try this, I promise you won’t regret it!
Approx 6 slices white or brown bread (day old / going stale is great)
1-2 cups milk
115g granulated sugar
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 tablespoons orange juice (I squeeze the one i’ve zested)
1 pinch of orange zest
1 large handful sultanas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1) Preheat oven to 180* (fan 170*). Tear the bread into small chunks and pop into a bowl. Pour 1 -2 cups of milk over to completely soak the bread (once you have made this once or twice you start to be able to gauge the amount of milk and won’t need to squeeze out the excess in the step below).
2) Squeeze out excess milk over the sink until you have wet and soggy (but not dripping wet) bread.
3) Cream the butter and sugar in another mixing bowl and add the spices.
4) Add the egg and flour and mix well.
5) Stir in the sultanas, orange juice and zest.
6) Add the soggy bread to the mix and give it all a really good stir together.
7) Pour into a baking dish, I like it to be about an inch thick but you can have it as thick / thin as you like. I sometimes sprinkle a bit of extra sugar on top too.
8) Bake for approx 40-45 mins or until golden brown on top.
9) Slice into squares and devour with a cot cup of tea – yum!