Traditional Bread Pudding – Easy
Traditional Bread Pudding you say? Well here is my Dolly’s recipe – almost as delicious as her lol!
Firstly lets get one thing straight – this is NOT a recipe for Bread & Butter Pudding.
That’s something very different 🙂
Traditional Bread pudding is quite different in texture especially from Bread & Butter pudding and is more often than not served cold
So what is Bread Pudding?
So what is it?
It’s a very traditional pudding primarily used to use up old/ stale bread.
Please don’t confuse it with the slightly lighter bread and butter pudding.
This is quite dense and quite stodgy and that’s what people love
Bread pudding is a bread-based dessert popular in many countries’ cuisines, made with stale bread and milk or cream, generally containing eggs, a form of fat such as oil, butter or suet, and depending on whether the pudding is sweet or savory, a variety of other ingredients.
Sweet bread puddings may use sugar, syrup, honey, dried fruit, nuts, as well as spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, or vanilla. The bread is soaked in the liquids, mixed with the other ingredients, and baked.
Food historians trace the history of bread pudding to the early 11th and 12th centuries, as frugal cooks looked for ways to use stale, leftover bread instead of letting it go to waste.
In 13th century England, bread pudding was known as “poor man’s pudding,” as it was a popular dish with the lower classes.
How to make Bread Pudding!
It really is very simple
Simply soak your bread, leave overnight
Add in the other ingredients, beat with a fork and squish into the baking tin, like so –
Top Tips for your pudding
- Soak bread overnight – really it does make all the difference and if you can’t then 2 hours minimum
- You can use the grated zest of an Orange or a Lemon to add more flavour
- You can use suet instead of melted butter, however I prefer butter
It really is that simple!
The Brunch Box – Dolly
And please remember that Dolly serves this delicious traditional bread pudding everyday from her mobile food van! Yum
And thanks for your recipe Dolly!!
Big Love Clare x
Traditional Bread Pudding - Dolly's Recipe
- 225 g white or wholemeal bread - crusts cut off
- 285 ml milk
- 50 g Butter melted
- 75 g soft brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons mixed spice
- 1 large egg beaten
- 180 g dried mixed fruit
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Zest of Orange or lemon
- 25 g white sugar for sprinkling
- Pre-Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
- Line & butter the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin (not one with a loose base)
- In a large bowl break the bread into small pieces (1 inch), add the milk and soak overnight for best results or minimum 2 hours
- When you are ready to make your bread pudding, add the melted butter, soft brown sugar, mixed spice and beaten egg to the bread mix
- Using a fork beat the mixture well
- Finally stir in the mixed dried fruit and zest of orange or lemon (optional)
- Spread the mixture in the baking tray, smoothing the top and sprinkle over the nutmeg
- Pop in your preheated oven and bake for 1 1/4 hours until golden
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with white sugar
- Cut into large squares and tuck in!