Bread pudding

Bread pudding

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins Plus 15 mins soaking

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Cuts into 9 squares

This simple bake is lovely with tea, or custard or ice cream for dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
510
protein
10g
carbs
94g
fat
13g
saturates
7g
fibre
3g
sugar
67g
salt
1.15g

Ingredients

  • 500g white or wholemeal bread
  • 500g/1lb 2oz mixed dried fruit
  • 85g mixed peel
  • 1 ½ tbsp mixed spice
  • 600ml milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 140g light muscovado sugar
  • zest 1 lemon (optional)
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar

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Method

  1. Tear the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the fruit, peel and spice. Pour in the milk, then stir or scrunch through your fingers to mix everything well and completely break up the bread. Add eggs, muscovado and lemon zest if using. Stir well, then set aside for 15 mins to soak.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin (not one with a loose base). Stir the melted butter into the pudding mixture, tip into the tin, then scatter with demerara. Bake for 1½ hrs until firm and golden, covering with foil if it starts to brown too much. Turn out of the tin and strip off the paper. Cut into squares and serve warm.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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oohyumyum's picture

Fantastic smells emanating from oven! Have changed recipe as follows increased volume and changed volume of dried fruit. Used 750g bread, 500g dried fruit incl. mix peel, used 1.5tsp mixed spice, 1.5tsp cinamon, grated 2 squares of seriously dark choc, grated orange rind. Pre-soaked dried fruit for 30 mins in orange juice and a splash of tropical juice, then drained before adding. 900ml milk, 3 x large eggs (pre- beaten a little with large jollop of very good vanilla essence), 150g melted butter, 220g sugar (I used mix of granulated and demerara, grated rind of orange. Mixed well smelt and looked great then. Lined a very large low level casserole dish put mix in, sprinkled demerara on top and now into oven. Will probably have to add to cooking time, but will post here with what that was and end result - fingers crossed!!
;) Sarah (ooh-yum-yum)

suzelswampangel's picture
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I made this last week after buying a loaf reduced to 19p in my local waitrose and everyone loved it, even my neighbours two boys age 11 and 9....so, giving it another go now, using dark muscovado sugar as that's all I have and only cinnamon as there's no allspice, this is just the sort of recipe where you can leave stuff out and substitute other stuff, after all our mothers just used up what was left in the cupboard.... as long as there's loads of fruit and sugar on top it's yummy ! It has been a rainy and unseasonably (for June) cold day, perfect for comfort food such as Bread Pudding. Eat hot ! x

clarri69's picture

I made this today with my 4 year old. He loved it because it's quite hands on and messy with the tearing bread and adding all the milk etc.

I just used raisins, dates and apricots with lemon zest and cinnamon and nutmeg for the spices.

It's really moist and absolutely lovely. Simple but quite impressive and I would consider serving it as a sort of retro pudding for friends.

leah627's picture
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I had some Hot cross buns which were not particularly fresh and they made an amazing bread pudding. This is certainly the best recipe for bread pudding that I have ever made.
I will be making it again very soon !!!!!

epicesdevie's picture
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Lovely light recipe, the use of lemon makes it less stodgy than some bread puddings. As we dislike peel I left that out and used the lemon juice as well as the rind. Also, as we live in France I used left over french bread which tends to be lighter (and goes stale quicker!) than british bread.

dougall's picture
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Made this today, easy to make and very yummie. T enjoyed it too. Will definitely make it again, a great way of using up old bread

kezab2007's picture

So much better than bread and butter pudding. A wee nip of Sailor Jerry adds to the flavor. Thanks BBC! ;)

janine15's picture
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I made this spur of the moment to use up some stale bread. It was delicious. I missed out the mixed peel as I don't like it, and I used soft light brown sugar in the pudding and to sprinkle on top as that was what I had in the cupboard at the time, and it came out perfectly. It was delicious warm with vanilla ice cream and just as nice the next day cold, cut into fingers.

gripper103's picture

Great fun mixing this,much better recipe than ones i've used before,added some chopped chocolate to the mix :)

nuffinbuttrouble's picture
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Lovely. I use cinnamon instead of mixed spice and add 2/3 peeled, finely chopped granny smiths. Will never give stale bread to ducks again. Sorry quackers

velvetrose's picture
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Made this today ... what a winter warmer pud ... served with whipped cream .....
As a child hated it .. the way my maw made it ... but I'm now duely converted fan ...

leigh40's picture

Made this for my family and work collegues, and they all loved it, I live in Holland and they dont have bread pudding here so was something different for everyone, good receipe

bonbon-1975's picture
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Made this yesterday for the first time making bread & butter pudding & it turned out brilliant!! followed the recepy exactly as it stated & it turned out perfect will defenetly be making this again!!

barnetgirl's picture
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Great recipe and its really worth sprinkling the sugar on top so you get the crunchy topping.

steelgoddess's picture
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It became apparent we had lots of left over bread so made this to the recipe, however I used 1 large cooking apple and chopped in chunks and 500g currants (Didn't have any dried fruit).

VERY yummy and we had it with ice cream a great sunday treat!!

jaymaywin's picture
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Made as instructions except substitute apricots or more fruit for the mixed peel. Excellent recipe 10 out of 10, only one I use for bread pudding now.

pelupi's picture
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Made this to relive my memories of bread pudding as a child...perfect

vikki40dd's picture
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given all the previous comments i was very disappointed in this - it came out more like fruit cake - very rich - too much mixed fruit for me. Next time i'll use more bread and less fruit!

mother_ship's picture
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My dad loves bread pudding and I had some bread that needed using up so I thought I give this recipe a try (I usually use Delia's) doing a version with dried apple and cinnamon instead of the mixed spice. It's turned out very nice although I was waaaaay too cautious with the cinnamon, this is definitely a pudding that needs a hefty dose of spice!

lisawebber's picture
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Delicious - I made this with chopped dried apricots to replace the mixed peel as I didn't have any and it was lovely!

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