Bread Pudding Recipe | Abel & Cole

Bread Pudding

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Serves8-16 people
Bread Pudding

Traditional bread pudding is a tasty way to turn stale bread into a sweet treat. Flavoured with cinnamon, ginger, orange zest and mixed spice and laden with a mix of dried fruit, it's a hearty bake that's delicious served warm with cream or custard.

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  • 500g stale white or wholemeal bread
  • 1 orange
  • 125g dried apricots
  • 125g dried cranberries
  • 250g dried fruit mix
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 650ml full cream milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g Demerara sugar, plus 1 tbsp
  • 110g butter
  • Cream or custard, to serve (optional)

Prep: 20 mins + soaking | Cook: 1 hr 15 mins-1 hr 30 min

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1. Tear the stale bread into small pieces and add them to a large mixing bowl. Finely grate in the zest from the orange. Roughly chop the dried apricots, then add them to the bowl with the dried cranberries and fruit mix. Dust in the mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger. Use your hands to mix it all together.
2. Pour in the milk and squish with your hands till the bread breaks down and you have a fruity, spicy mulch.
3. Crack the eggs into a separate bowl and beat in the vanilla extract. Add the eggs to the bread with 125g Demerara sugar. Beat in with a wooden spoon. Set aside to soak for 30 mins.
4. Meanwhile, butter a 1½ ltr ovenproof dish or 20cm square cake tin with 10g butter. Line the base with baking paper. Melt the remaining butter in a pan over a medium heat, then set aside to cool.
5. Preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Pour the cooled, melted butter into the bread pudding mix and stir to combine. Spoon the bread pudding mix into the dish or tin. Sprinkle over 1 tbsp Demerara sugar. Bake for 1 hr 15–30 mins till firm to the touch and a deep golden brown. Check after 45 mins and cover the top with foil, if it has started to catch at the edges.
6. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 mins. Slice into squares or smaller rectangles and lift out of the dish or tin. Serve warm with custard or cream. The bread pudding is also delicious cold and will keep well for 4-5 days in an airtight tin.
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