This recipe is without a shadow of a doubt one of my favourite things to bake and eat. It is simple, straightforward, cheap, easy, delicious and best of all; you probably already have all the ingredients! The sheer squidge-nosity of this pud will leave you jumping for joy and melting in utter bliss at its fruity delights. Some people apparently like it hot with custard, I however like it cold and served with a cup of tea. How you enjoy it is your call but please do give it a go!
Bread Pudding is something that my Dad makes occasionally and as a child, I used to delight in demolishing as much of it as I could. This childhood love has manifested itself into me making it pretty much weekly, there is almost always a Tupperware in our fridge with a few pieces sitting in it. Every time you peer into the depths of the fridge it calls out to be eaten, be it morning or late at night and I must admit, I very frequently give in to its temptation!
We save every crust from either end of every loaf of bread; this gives us a constant source of one of the principal ingredients of our choice dessert. Turning bread into breadcrumbs I find to be almost therapeutic, I utilise a method whereby, over a bowl, you just rub pieces of bread between your hands until it turns to crumbs. This is not necessarily the quickest or easiest way but I find it to be pretty efficient and a task that has almost meditative qualities.
I have made this pudding with every variety of bread under the sun; from a baguette so stale I literally had to grate it (all the while fearing for the graters life!) to the crusts of a hearty home baked loaf. The common theme is one of delicious nomble-isity. I almost always forget just how easy it is to make, having to double-check the hastily scrawled recipe from my Dad just to realise that it really is that simple.
So seriously, if you do one thing today, please oh please let it be to try out this recipe, you really won’t regret it. I honestly cannot recommend this one highly enough!
Makes enough for 12 small pieces (which lasts about 10 minutes if I’m around!)
Prep time: 20 minutes (plus 30 minutes soaking time)
Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Equipment: 1x Baking Dish, mixing bowl
250g bread crumbs (any bread: crusts, seeded, plain, stale, baguettes etc)
75g brown sugar (white will do!)
2 teaspoons of mixed spice
175g mixed fruit
What to do
Firstly, put your breadcrumbs (you did do that already, didn’t you?) in the mixing bowl with your milk, give this mixture a good stir, then leave for at least 30 minutes.
Then, preheat your fan oven to 175C and grease your baking dish.
Next, add the butter, sugar and mixed spice to the bowl. In a separate container, beat your egg and then add it to the mixture.
Give this a really good stir and then add the mixed fruit.
Put this mixture into your greased baking dish and place in your preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Take it out and cool before cutting into pieces.
Try not to explode with deliciousness without letting us know what you think!