Alexander Averin

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Old fashioned bread pudding

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample we may judge of the whole piece.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Delia Smith’s Old Fashioned Bread Pudding.

8 oz bread brown or white (225g) - cut off crusts
Half pint milk (275 ml)
2 oz butter, melted (50g)
3 oz soft brown sugar (75g) - or white if needs be
2 level teaspoons mixed spice
1 egg beaten
6 oz mixed fruit (175g)
Grated rind of half an orange
Freshly grated nutmeg

Pre-heat oven to Gas 4, 350F (180C)

A 2 - 2 and a half pint (1.25-1.5 litre) baking dish, buttered.

Break bread into pieces, place in bowl.
Pour milk over, stir, leave for 30 minutes till well soaked.

Add melted butter, sugar, mixed spice and egg.
Beat with a fork till no lumps remain then stir in fruit and rind.
Put in dish and sprinkle with nutmeg.
Bake for about one and a quarter hours.

Nice hot with custard.
Also nice cold.


Tess Kincaid said...

This is my kind of comfort food.


Oooh, I LOVE bread and butter pudding. And funnily enough was only just thinking today that I haven't had it for far too long. MUST make some soon - thanks for that reminder.

Jude said...

Love it, just what I need!
Thank you for the email.

Cait O'Connor said...

LBD This is NOT bread and butter pudding. Common misconception. Bread pudding is something else entirely.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Thank you!

'Uncle A.' thanks you too!

'Aunt Amelia'

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Dear Cait,
May I ask, how many slices of bread, would you say, are in 8 oz.?

Thank you...

'Aunt Amelia'

Pondside said...

I can't say that I've had a bread pudding that wasn't stodgy. I'll give this one a try, as there's always bread left around here and the other ingredients look interesting.
I'd also like to know the approximate number of bread slices.

Frances said...

Cait, that sounds marvelous. I love that simple suggestion "nice with custard."

Better than nice!



Ooh, Cait - sorry. Rushing too much as usual and saw the bread, saw the milk, saw the egg and jumped too quickly to a conclusion. Will definitely give this one a try. xx

Mary-Laure said...

I didn't know that's where the expression came from... I love bread pudding, so satisfying.

Calico Kate said...

Ohh delicious, we had it just last week. Didn't use a recipe just bunged bread and fruit and apple together covered with milk and beaten egg sprinkled with sugar and a heavy grating of nutmeg. Divine if I say so myself!

Calico Kate said...

Ah just reread your post and the comments. Like LBD I too thought it was Bread & butter pudding (which is what I made last week) rather tan bread pudding. Note to self slow down when reading blogs and don't miss bits!
So many to read, such a short time to be doing it is my excuse - sorry!

Maggie Christie said...

Such simple ingredients in a lovely combination. I love this recipe, but it's one I forget to cook. Thanks for the reminder Cait!

Pipany said...

Yum! x

Elizabeth said...

Sounds utterly delicious and reminds me of the British Isles....

laurie said...

just back from ireland....where we gazed on the Paul Henrys at the national gallery. thought of you.

Sam Fox said...

Ooooh, yum, Cait! And I am heading into winter!!! (Blows raspberry at Northern Hemisherians)

Do you think it'd be alright to add a slosh or three of Irish Whisky.....?


ds said...

Oh, how yummy! Must give this a try. Also, thank you for the lead-in quotation. I had no idea "the proof of the pudding" originated with Cervantes. Wonder if his was "nice hot with custard" too.

Vee said...

Oh I love a good bread pudding recipe. This sounds like just such a one.

Reasons said...

I'm going to make this tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

CAMILLA said...

Thank you for the Recipe Cait, I simply adore this.