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Bread and Butter Pudding: Quick Recipe to Use Up Stale Bread

I used to work in my family's restaurant and helped run it. I love good food, and I've cooked family meals for over 60 years.

Bread and butter pudding

Bread and butter pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding: A Traditional English Dessert

It's hard to believe that you can turn a couple of slices of stale bread and a handful of raisins into such a delicious pudding, isn't it? But you can—just read the instructions below, and you'll see what I mean.

If you hate wasting food, then being able to use up stale bread in a tasty pudding will give you the added pleasure of being environmentally friendly as well as creating something your tastebuds will love.

It is very inexpensive to make bread and butter pudding, and this easy recipe is very suitable for a beginner to try out. Even a child could make it successfully.

Takes Only 5 Minutes!

Cooking Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

20 min

25 min

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pint milk (you can use 1/4 pint of water and 1/2 pint of milk instead if you wish)
  • 3 slices of bread, preferably thick
  • 1 handful raisins, currants or sultanas
  • Butter, to spread on the bread
  • 1 dessert spoon sugar, white or brown
  • 1/3 teaspoon mixed spice or cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan.
  2. Whilst the milk is warming, butter the bread.
  3. Cut the bread into pieces about 1.5 inches square.
  4. Lay about half the bread in a baking dish, so that the pieces are slightly resting on each other, and not flat along the bottom of the dish.
  5. Scatter half the raisins, currants or sultanas over the bread and down the crevices.
  6. Add the rest of the bread in a layer and scatter the rest of the raisins, currants or sultanas over the bread.
  7. Pour the warm milk (or milk and water mixture) over the bread.
  8. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top and add the spice.
  9. Put the dish in an oven on medium heat for 20 minutes until the top of the pudding is lightly browned.
  10. Serve the bread and butter pudding hot, with custard.

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It's traditional to eat bread and butter pudding with custard poured over the top

It's traditional to eat bread and butter pudding with custard poured over the top

To save time, double the recipe and make two batches of this delightful pudding!

To save time, double the recipe and make two batches of this delightful pudding!

If you cook two dishes of bread and butter pudding together, you can store one to use later and save yourself some time.

Serving Suggestion: Custard

So whilst your bread and butter pudding is cooking in the oven, you can quickly make some custard, or otherwise you can buy ready-made custard in a carton or tin, where all you have to do is heat it up just before you serve up your pudding.

The brand I like is Bird's Custard Powder. I have been using it myself for 60 years, ever since I learned to cook. It has a smooth texture, is easy to use and tastes good.

You can also make your own custard at home

You can also make your own custard at home

Here's a Slightly Different Recipe Which Uses Eggs

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