Thursday, 18 December 2014

Creamy Bread and Butter Pudding

   It had just occurred to me that I'd bought a loaf of bread at the beginning of this week, and hadn't actually got round to using it. Not being one to throw usable food away, I decided to make the nation's favourite frugal dessert: bread and butter pudding, using Lurpak's Cooking Mist*.

   This is a really easy recipe; all you'll need is:

Lurpak Cooking Mist
25g butter
8-10 slices of bread
50g sultanas
2 tsp cinnamon powder
350ml milk (use whole milk if you like it really creamy)
50ml double cream
3 eggs
30g granulated sugar

   Spray the Lurpak Cooking Mist into an oven-proof dish to grease it. The blend of Lurpak butter and vegetable oil give an even coverage, so you're guaranteed fuss-free serving come dinner time!

   This is a great ingredient for anything from glazing to basting; and it's really easy to use. I primarily use it for greasing dishes and pans, as it's so much quicker than using butter and a greasing utensil (plus, it calls for less washing up) - but if you're feeling creative, here are some adventurous and tasty recipes you could try... once you've finished this one, of course!

   Next, butter the bread, then cut off the crusts and slice each piece diagonally. Line the triangular pieces, butter side up, onto the bottom of the dish, then sprinkle with half the sultanas and a teaspoon of cinnamon.

   Repeat until the dish is filled, finishing with a layer of bread on top (if you finish with sultanas, they may burn in the oven and leave a bitter taste in your mouth).

   Warm the milk and cream together in a saucepan. Do not let it boil.

   Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add around three quarters of the sugar, and whisk again until the mixture is a pale cream-colour.

   Add the warm milk and cream mixture to the bowl, and stir.

   Pour the mixture over the bread, then sprinkle with the remaining sugar. At this point, I like to add a little grated nutmeg, but this is entirely up to your own tastes!

   Leave to stand for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180 C/335 F/Gas 4.

   Place the dish into the oven and bake for around 30-40 minutes, or until the top is a delicious golden brown. Enjoy!

* Gifted in association with Lurpak



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