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18/11/2008


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bread and butter pudding ...

Turn waste into delicacies!

Originating from the early 17th century, bread and butter pudding is one of Britain's oldest and well-loved puddings. Having fallen out of favour back in the 1990s, this pudding is now definitely back on the menu.

Many celebrity chefs have made claim to having re-invented this pudding by adding all nature of fancy ingredients, why, in my book you really don't need to. To me the whole point of making this is to use leftover bread and cheap store cupboard ingredients, and the recipe I use is one from the Victory Cookbook by Marguerite Patten.

- The celebrations for VE and VJ days in 1945 might well have been the time when the farmer's wife would decide to make a real bread and butter pudding with butter and shell eggs - a rare extravagance - an excerpt from the book. Such humble ingredients, all of which we very much take for granted nowadays.

6 slices of white bread spread with butter
3 oz (75g) sultanas
3 eggs
2 oz (50g) sugar
1 pint (600ml) milk

Layer squares of bread and butter with the sultanas in a 2 pint (1.2 litre) pie dish. Beat the eggs with the sugar, add the milk and then pour over. I always allow to stand for about 30 minutes before baking in the oven (150oC, Gas Mark 2) until just firm.

Some restaurants serve this pudding with cream or extra custard, you really don't need to, it is moist enough to eat as it is, warm and straight from the dish!

26 comments:

nikkipolani said...

Louise, you only have to mention bread and butter and I'm there! Thanks for the easy recipe -- and encouragement not to get too fancy!

daffy said...

Wow I haven't had that for ages. Now you made me want some! :o) *shouts hubby and gets out apron*
:o)

Flighty said...

It was my dad's favourite, especially with custard! It's okay but I prefer apple and blackberry crumble with custard!
Have a good weekend. xx

BumbleVee said...

a perfect, simple, yet very tasty dessert. I was just thinking the other day...whilst watching the stock markets take a mad plunge yet again....it might be the perfect time to start a regular feature on the food blog.. using simple ingredients...and leftovers too.... I'm sure we haven't hit bottom yet and very soon now...some folks will be getting serious about using everything in cupboard and 'frig.' Maybe there is a niche for a truly frugal cook.... savings on clever grocery shopping can be quite good (especially if you tally it over several months to a year).. and there is no need to eat boring or tasteless even at that....

lou said...

We all love bread and butter pudding in our house.

It always reminds me off my nan, it gives me a lovely warm feeling in side. love Lou xxxx

The Good Life in Virginia said...

this looks good...just had a nice bread pudding last saturday night at a german restaurant. was perfect for a cold and windy night.

thanks for sharing

Simone said...

Thanks for this Louise. I think I will be making some for this chilly weekend!

Rosezilla said...

I had never had bread pudding of any kind in my life, but my husband loves it! I'll definitely be making this for him. Thanks!

Pat said...

Mmmmmm...I can almost smell this baking and the incredible taste wehn it is done...I love to eat bread pudding warm from the oven Louise.
I hope you are feeling better! I just gto over a bad cold myself.

Hugs, Pat

OhSoVintage said...

I absolutely adore Bread and butter pudding, yum yum.
Ruth x

LizzieJane said...

It has been to long since I had Bread and Butter Pudding, now you have me wanting some!
Kathy
x

Alison Boon said...

My absolute favourite. Yummy

acornmoon said...

Very appropriate for today, I would say. I learnt to make this at school but had forgotten all about it.

I hate to throw bread away so try to make croutons or breadcrumbs for other dishes, that's the theory anyway!

funkymonkey said...

Yummy. It's my favourite. I am a bit naughty though and do add some cream to the milk!

carolyn said...

I so love bread and butter pudding, sometimes we make it with chocolate buttons and add chocolate to the milk mixture as well.

Ragged Roses said...

Oh I could do with a bowl of that right now, I LOVE bread and butter pudding, good old Marguerite Patten she goes to our local butcher!
Kimx

kelly said...

I have never tried this pudding but i will give your recipe a go! Thanks for the sweet comments about the mirror! Long live Led Zep!

Carol said...

We love Bread and Butter pud too, big big fav with us.
I am free of that dammed plaster, but I cannot walk too well yet and heels are a definate no no, not that I wear them often, I had to go to a special meal out in a lovely dress with Ugg boots!
I hope you are well Louise, I have not been able to blog very much lately, my visits to blogland have been very quick ones.
Speak soon,
Carol x

Linda said...

YUM!!!!!!!
Cheers Linda

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Yummmmm! That looks soooo good!
I may need to try making that.

Kimberly :)

summerfete said...

mmmm I want some!

I am still suffering with this cold!!

So some b&b pudding would go down a treat!
I wish I had you on hand to make me some!

I must confess to having never made it, probably cos we eat wholemeal and its better with white, but I might give it a go now!
Clare

Rhondi said...

Hi Louise
Sorry I haven't stopped by for awhile, so I have a lot of cathcing up to do! I've never made bread pudding but your photos temp me to make some soon.
Hugs, Rhondi

Wienermädel + Co said...

Louise, thanks for your comment about the Christmas Market "Schönbrunn"!
Your recipe is simple, cheap and delicious!
Please more of it.

Kris said...

Bread and butter pudding reminds me of my grandmother. She was English (a tweenie before she became a WWI bride and came to Australia) and this was a staple at her house!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Bread and butter pudding was my favourite as a child. My grandmother made the best b&bp I've ever tasted, although Mum's was a close second. Mum and I used to catch the bus to the remote village where my grandparents lived and my aunt and cousin would walk over from the next village to see us. My cousin and I would always ask Gran if we could have bread and butter pudding and occasionally we'd be greeted with the right answer. To this day ( and we're talking 50 years on) I can't understand why she didn't make it every time we went as she knew it was our favourite.

Your photo is the closest looking to those Gran used to make!

Sue

robin_titan said...

Yum! That looks delicious I'll have to try making that sometime :)