Friday, 4 February 2011
There is no real recipe. Like most of the things I cook it varies depending on what I have available.
But basically it's an excellent way of using up old bread. I say "old" rather than stale, because I don't think many of us these days actually keep bread until it's stale, but bread that is a day or two old is fine. Although sliced bread keeps longer doesn't it? I can't remember as I don't buy it here.
Anyway, this is how I made my bread pudding today.
Break up bread into pieces and soak in milk in a large bowl until soft but not too soggy. Add to this sugar and a couple of eggs. Now if you have shredded suet to hand add some of this for a better result. I can't get it here so I throw in some margarine. Then add some dried fruit...anything you have. I happened to have figs and sultanas today. A pinch of cinnamon or mixed spice adds to the flavour, as does a couple of tablespoons of jam or marmalade. I used the last of some apricot jam and some of the lemon marmalade I made the other day.
Mix all the ingredients together and place in a greased baking tin and flatten down. Sprinkle a little sugar on the top. Bake at around 160 degrees for...how long? I don't remember...but you can tell when it's cooked because it will be firm to the touch and will start to brown on the top...just like the picture.
Don't worry about quantities or ingredients...I don't and it always turns out fine.
It's delicious hot with custard, cream or icecream, and just as nice cold with a cup of coffee......enjoy!