Bread and Butter Pudding

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Bread and Butter Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices of day-old bread (white or brioche, crusts removed)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup raisins or sultanas
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons apricot jam, warmed (for glazing)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Bread:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Grease a baking dish (about 8×8 inches or equivalent) with butter.
  • Spread butter on both sides of the bread slices. Cut each slice diagonally into triangles.

2. Assemble the Pudding:

  • Arrange a layer of bread triangles in the greased baking dish, slightly overlapping them.
  • Sprinkle half of the raisins or sultanas over the bread layer.
  • Add another layer of bread triangles and top with the remaining raisins.

3. Prepare the Custard:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well combined.

4. Combine and Soak:

  • Pour the custard mixture evenly over the layered bread and raisins. Press down gently with a spatula to ensure the bread absorbs the custard.
  • Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes to allow the bread to soak up the custard.

5. Bake the Pudding:

  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the custard is set (it should be slightly wobbly in the center but not liquid).

6. Optional Glaze:

  • If desired, brush the top of the pudding with warmed apricot jam for a glossy finish.

7. Serve:

  • Allow the pudding to cool slightly before serving. It can be served warm or at room temperature.
  • Optionally, serve with a drizzle of cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Enjoy your comforting and delicious Bread and Butter Pudding! This dessert is perfect for making the most of day-old bread and brings a touch of nostalgia with its classic flavors!