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Mrs Beeton's Bread Pudding Recipes: 4 Variations

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I may not be an exemplary cook or food aficionado, but I do know food that I enjoy. As the saying goes, "The proof is in the pudding."

Mrs Beeton's Bread and Butter Pudding Recipes

Bread and butter puddings seem timeless. I remember them as a child, and my parents remembered them from their childhoods, too. One of the earliest written recipes for bread and butter pudding was by John Nott in 1723.

The term pudding means something eaten after the main course, or to describe a dessert. However, an authentic pudding is something that is boiled or steamed.

These easy-to-make bread puddings are some of my favorite dishes. Isabella Mary Beeton describes these recipes in her book, Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, first published in 1861.

Bread and butter pudding is so tasty. It sets my taste buds alight just looking at it.

Bread and butter pudding is so tasty. It sets my taste buds alight just looking at it.

Mrs Beeton's Baked Bread Pudding

A classic pudding. Simple ingredients, simple preparation, and such a satisfying and comforting dessert. I can't think of anything more warming on a cold winter day.

Time: 1 hour 45 min

Yield: 5 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of stale bread
  • 4 ounces raisins or currants, cleaned and picked
  • 2 ounces suet, finely chopped
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 1 egg
  • milk
  • 1 pinch nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Break the bread into small pieces and cover them with cold water, then soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Then strain and squeeze dry.
  3. Beat out all the lumps with a fork. Stir in the sugar, suet, raisins, nutmeg, and mix well. Add the egg which has been previously beaten.
  4. Stir in the sugar, suet, raisins, nutmeg and mix well.
  5. Add the egg which has been previously beaten.
  6. Add as much milk as is necessary to make the mixture moist enough to drop readily from the spoon.
  7. Pour into a greased pie-dish and bake gently for 1 hour. When done, turn out on to a hot dish, and dredge well with sugar.
  8. When done, turn out on to a hot dish, and dredge well with sugar.

A History of Bread Pudding

Mrs Beeton's Boiled Bread Pudding

Time: About 3 hours

Yield: 5 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. stale bread
  • 6 ounces raisins or currants, cleaned and picked
  • 3 ounces finely chopped suet.
  • 3 ounces sugar
  • 2 ounces peel
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 pint milk
  • A good pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Break the bread into small pieces and cover them with cold water.
  2. Soak for 30 minutes before straining and squeezing dry.
  3. Beat out all the lumps with a fork.
  4. Add the raisins, suet, sugar, peel and nutmeg, and mix well.
  5. Beat the egg and add it to the milk.
  6. Stir into the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Put into a greased basin.
  8. Steam or boil for 2 hours.
  9. Serve with a sweet sauce if liked.

Video: How to Make a Bread Pudding

Mrs Beeton's Baked Bread and Butter Pudding

Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 thin slices of bread and butter
  • 1 pint milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dessertspoonful sugar
  • sultanas
  • currants or candied lemon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut off the crust and divide each slice of bread into 4 squares.
  2. Arrange them in layers in a well-buttered pie-dish.
  3. Sprinkle each layer with sultanas or whatever is being used.
  4. Beat the eggs and cover the bread, which should only half fill the dish.
  5. Let it stand at least 1 hour for the bread to soak.
  6. Bake in a moderately cool oven for nearly 1 hour.

Mrs Beeton's Steamed Bread and Butter Pudding

Yield: 4 to 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 or 6 thin slices bread and butter
  • 3/4 pint milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 dessertspoonful sugar
  • sultanas
  • currants or candied lemon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Butter a pudding basin.
  2. Sprinkle it with currants, or chopped peel, or arrange raisins or sultanas in some simple design on the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  3. Cut each slice of bread into four pieces and place them in layers, each layer being sprinkled with fruit and a little finely chopped candied peel.
  4. Beat the eggs.
  5. Add the milk and the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Then pour slowly over the bread.
  7. Let it stand at least one hour or if convenient for two hours.
  8. Before being cooked, cover the top with a greased paper.
  9. Steam slowly for about one hour.
  10. Serve with a sweet sauce or fruit syrup.

Luxury at a Thrifty Price

A traditional warm and comforting food that is sure to please the whole family. So easy to prepare, sourced from everyday ingredients, yet so pleasing to eat.

For a family in need of a taste of luxury at a thrifty price—this pudding is top of the list in my book.

Comments

Lord Lucan on April 09, 2018:

My favourite lovely hot, or cold when stoggy.

My nanny used to make for me.

Couldn't get it at the Claremont Club in Mayfair, shame.

My friends south of the river, around the Old Kent Road called it;

"BERMONDSEY WEDDING CAKE"

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2014:

Try adding fruit cocktail to the recipe! Really yummy!

denetraharris on February 14, 2014:

Wow, one of my favorite desserts.

Thanks for the recipes.

Edith Rose from Canada on September 26, 2013:

I am going to try the steamed way of making it.

DebMartin on September 02, 2013:

Oh my. All of these recipes of my favorite dessert on one page. Thanks!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 09, 2013:

@CrazyHomemaker: That's a shame. One of the joys of childhood must be bread pudding...

CrazyHomemaker on August 08, 2013:

I LOVE bread pudding. I've only enjoyed it as an adult because my mom never made it. Very nice lens!!!

CrazyHomemaker on August 08, 2013:

I LOVE bread pudding. I've only enjoyed it as an adult because my mom never made it. Very nice lens!!!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 07, 2013:

@flinnie lm: I love bread pudding...

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on August 06, 2013:

Hi this bread pudding sound yummy.

othellos on July 27, 2013:

Nice recipe lens. Your variations of bread pudding seem very yummy and interesting. Must try...

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 27, 2013:

@Colin323: Thank you.

Colin323 on July 26, 2013:

Baked bread pudding is one of my favourite hot pudding dishes, and is delicious cold, too. My mother used to make this, and I carry on the tradition! Jane Romsey's book looks interesting; I'll check it out.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 06, 2013:

@Dusty2 LM: Thank you - you sound like a fellow bread puddiing fan...

Dusty2 LM on July 06, 2013:

Wonderful bread pudding recipes. These sound like some of the recipes G-ma used to make when I was a youngster. Especially, the baked bread pudding recipe that uses suet as one of the ingredients. Appreciate you sharing these bread pudding recipes and bringing back some fond memories. Again, Thanks for stopping by and everything else as it is really appreciated. Have a Great Day!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Once you've tried Bread Pudding, there will be no stopping.

anonymous on February 08, 2013:

I never realized there could be so many variations on bread pudding. Gotta get going and try some.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 21, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you - very much appreciated. Bread puddings are so yummy.

anonymous on January 21, 2013:

I love bread puddings. I don't think there's a recipe variation that I don't like. I'm sharing this to my Pinterest board for All Good Recipes.

Gregory Moore from Louisville, KY on January 14, 2013:

Looks tasty! Thanks

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 10, 2013:

@webmavern: I just adore Bread and Butter Pudding, - All the more for you to eat I say....

webmavern on January 10, 2013:

I love bread pudding but my husband doesn't, so I don't get to eat it very often!

anonymous on November 11, 2012:

Oh my, I'm feeling a bit hungry after reading this recipes page. Yummy!

Wedding Mom on August 16, 2012:

I like bread pudding. This recipe sounds delicious.

pinkrenegade lm on July 11, 2012:

Sounds like a delicious pudding recipe. Thanks for sharing.

pinkrenegade lm on July 11, 2012:

Sounds like a delicious pudding recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on March 24, 2012:

Thanks for these bread pudding recipe, I love them,will be trying them out. You cannot beat a nice baked Bread pudding. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us.

anonymous on March 10, 2012:

Bread pudding is one of my favorite things. I didn't know it could be made by boiling. Really enjoyed reading these recipes.

anonymous on March 09, 2012:

Yes I have, can remember bread and butter pudding from years past too. I can almost see the brown crisp crust of a nicely baked pudding, and wanting as much of that as possible on my plate!

Thank you so much for liking more of my Lenses, truly appreciated!

orange3 lm on September 08, 2011:

Yum! I love bread pudding. I haven't made it boiled or steamed..I'm going to have to give that a try. Thanks for the recipe.