Author Jean Morrison
Bread and Butter Pudding
Mum used to cook this for us when we were kids in England. I love the crispy sugary pieces of bread on the top of the pudding best of all.
My husband and children don't like the sogginess of this style of pudding so I don't make it all that often, otherwise I would eat it all myself. Luckily my sister makes it when I visit her place
45 minutes, includes standing time
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Quantity: Serves 4 - 6
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8 slices of bread, buttered
1/2 cup sultanas
3 level tablespoons caster sugar
1 and 1/2 cups skimmed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Heat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
Cut each slice of bread and butter into 4 triangles. Place 1/3 of the bread in the base of a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle with half the sultanas, one tablespoon of sugar and a shake or two of cinnamon. Place half of the remaining bread on top and then the remaining sultanas plus one tablespoon sugar and another shake or two of cinnamon. Place the remaining bread and butter on the top, trying to ensure all the sultanas are covered by the bread. Sprinkle the final tablespoon of caster sugar over the top.
In a separate bowl beat the eggs and skimmed milk together. Carefully pour over the bread and fruit mix. Sprinkle on a little more cinnamon. Let stand for half an hour. Don't worry if the top pieces of bread are not submerged under the milk - these are going to be the nice crispy bits.
Bake at 160 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) until the "custard" has set and the pudding is golden brown on the top. This will take about 40 minutes.
If you want to be really healthy you can use whole meal bread instead of white bread. I try to totally cover the sultanas with bread purely to protect them from over-cooking and going hard.
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