However, I was watching the Mary Berry story on tv the other day and I thought that I would have a go at bread and butter pudding. I a, usually fairly disappointed with a bread and butter pudding but I now know that it was because I was given a 'bad' one in the past. This was delicious, frugal and really nice. I used margerine rather than butter - simply because I had some and was short of butter at that moment, and I didn't use cream, again, because i didn't have any and also, using semi skimmed milk instead makes it healthier. Even without these 'luxeries' it was delicious.
Just before it went in the oven, seemed to neglect to take an 'after' pic.
Mary Berry's bread and butter pudding.
- 150g/5oz mixed sultanas and raisins
- 75g/3oz caster sugar
- (1 lemon or orange, finely grated zest) I didn't bother because I didn't have any.
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- 8 thin slices white bread, crusts removed
- 100g/4oz butter, melted Margering was fine.
For the custard
- 2 free-range eggs
- 300ml/½ pint double cream 300ml of extra milk instead.
- 150ml/¼ pint milk
- 2 tbsp demerara sugar
1. You will need an ovenproof dish about 2½-3 pint/1.4-1.7 litres volume (18 x 23 x 5 cm/7 x 9 x 2 in).
2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and use some of the melted butter to grease the dish.
3. Combine the dried fruit, sugar, lemon zest and spice together in a bowl and toss to mix well.
4. Cut each bread slice into three strips. Take sufficient slices to cover the base of the dish and dip one side of each one in melted butter. Lay them in the dish, buttered-side down. Sprinkle with half the dried fruit mixture. Repeat the layering, laying the bread strips buttered-side up. Lay the third and final layer of bread strips on top, buttered-side up.
5. For the custard, beat together the eggs, cream and milk in a bowl and pour it over the pudding. Sprinkle with demerara sugar, and then leave to stand for about one hour if time allows.
6. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown and crisp and the pudding slightly puffed up. Serve hot, or there are some who insist that it is delicious cold!