From the picturesque countryside to the bustling streets of London, the classic Bread and Butter Pudding has cemented its place in the heart of British cuisine. This humble dessert is more than just a sweet treat; it’s a relic of generations past, echoing stories of family gatherings and cherished memories. With its delectably golden crust and velvety, soft interior, each bite invites you into a world of comfort and nostalgia.
My childhood Sundays were made memorable by my grandmother’s Bread and Butter Pudding. Every week, as the aromas wafted through the house, our hearts and stomachs warmed in anticipation. In that creamy, sweet goodness, I didn’t just taste a dessert; I tasted love, history, and tradition.
A Dessert For Every Home: Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
6 sturdy slices of bread (slightly stale works wonders!)
50g soft butter for spreading
75g sultanas or raisins, to give that burst of sweetness
2 fresh eggs
500ml creamy milk
50g caster sugar for that delicate sweetness
1 tsp ground cinnamon, for warmth
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
A generous grating of nutmeg for added depth
Get your oven ready at 180°C/356°F and softly butter up a baking dish.
Slice your bread into even triangles and spread that butter generously.
Lay the buttery triangles in your dish, butter face up. Sprinkle those juicy sultanas all over.
Whisk your eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a mixing bowl.
Pour this creamy mixture over your bread, ensuring each slice gets a loving coat.
Finish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and let it sit, allowing the bread to drink up all those flavors.
Into the oven it goes for 40-45 minutes, till it emerges golden and tantalizingly crisp on top.
Serve steaming, perhaps with a drizzle of custard or a scoop of ice cream.
Whether you’re from the UK or halfway across the globe, the Bread and Butter Pudding is a testament to how simple ingredients can be transformed into something truly spectacular. Beyond its taste, this dish is an emblem of shared memories, of family, and of home. So, as you take that first bite, remember to cherish the stories and love that come with it. Here’s to creating new memories with old classics!