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Traditional English Recipe - Bread and Butter Pudding

This is a great way to use up slightly stale bread.


30 g butter
8 thick slices of day old bread
2 tbsp sultanas
3 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
3 eggs (beaten)
2 tsp vanilla essence
700 ml milk
125 ml cream
1 tbsp demerara sugar


  1. Grease an ovenproof dish (about 9" diameter).
  2. Butter the sliced bread.
  3. Cut the slices in half diagonally and layer it in the ovenproof dish.
  4. Mix together the sultanas, caster sugar and mixed spice.
  5. Whisk the eggs, vanilla, milk and cream and pour over the bread.
  6. Leave to stand for 45 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  8. Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top of the soaked bread.
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the custard around the bread has set.
  10. Serve hot with custard or cream.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

To grease: to apply a layer of fat to a surface to prevent food from sticking, e.g. grease the baking tray with butter.

To mix: To beating or stir foods together until they are combined.

To whisk: To beat a mixture vigorously with a whisk.

To sprinkle: To scatter a powdered ingredient or tiny droplets of a liquid, eg sprinkle the caster sugar over the fruit or sprinkle the brandy over the fruit cake.

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