Ginger & pear bread & butter pudding

Ginger & pear bread & butter pudding

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus 5 mins plus soaking time


Serves 1
Want a treat to keep for yourself? This gooey and spicy vegetarian pudding will hit the spot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal755
  • fat25g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs125g
  • sugars84g
  • fibre3g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.36g
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  • 2 slices day-old white bread, crusts removed
  • 15g softened butter
  • 2 tbsp ginger preserve
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced



    Like apples, to which they are related, pears come in thousands of varieties, of which only a…

  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 4 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Spread the bread with the butter, then the preserve. Cut each slice into 4 triangles. Arrange half the bread in the base of a 300ml microwave dish. Scatter over the pear and top with the remaining bread triangles.

  2. Beat together the egg, half the sugar and the milk. Pour over the bread and leave to soak for 10 mins, pushing the bread down to soak up the milk mixture.

  3. Cook the pudding in the microwave on High for 4 mins, then leave to stand for 5 mins. Cook on High for 1 min.

  4. Heat the grill. Sprinkle over the remaining sugar, then cook under a hot grill until the top is bubbling and golden. Serve the pudding warm.

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7th Jan, 2016
Serves 1? I haven't tried making this but I'm sure it would be enough for two.
4th Apr, 2013
Definitely using this again! Think it might become a dinner party fail safe. I love the bite of fresh ginger and the preserve was just a tad too sweet, so grated in about half a centimetre of ginger into the layers and finished with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Perfect.
17th Mar, 2013
This was so easy to make and a joy to eat! Top receipe.
8th Mar, 2012
Umm, why is this billed as a 'vegetarian pudding' ?! There aren't many puddings out there based around meat!
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22nd Sep, 2011
I didn't have any ginger preserve but I had some stem ginger (the kind that looks like little balls) which needed using up. I chopped two "balls" very finely, mixed in some syrup from the jar until it looked like ginger marmalade and used that instead. For those asking about a conventional oven, Delia Smith's "One is Fun" contains a recipe for Individual Bread and Butter Pudding which could possibly be adapted.
12th Apr, 2011
This was lovely and the children really liked it. We tripled the ingredients for a whole family and it was a little soggy in the middle so next time we will make two smaller ones. The ginger was a bit strong for the children so next time we will use a bit less. Overall, georgious.
24th Feb, 2011
Microwave?? Some of us snooty types choose not to use them or don't have one so please offer alternative oven/grill option. thanks andy B
28th Oct, 2010
Could you do this in a traditional oven?
12th Oct, 2010
Gorgeous recipe - super simple, but tasty.
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2nd Oct, 2010
Very easy to make and even easier to eat. Excellent recipe.
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