Once upon another century or more, this was known as "Poor Man's Pudding" because it was inexpensive, easy to prepare and made use of left over or stale bread. A traditional British classic served with either custard, cream or evaporated or condensed milk.
This is the first time ever that I have made this, I have it on good authority from the person I made it for that this is a 'proper job' and much better than shop bought stuff - a taste of home!
You will need:
- A good size baking dish
- 100g sugar, I used granulated sugar
- 1 T-sp cinnamon or
- Vanilla extract or paste
- Butter (or margarine) for greasing the dish and buttering the bread
- 3 good handfuls of sultanas or
- Dried cranberries or
- Prunes or
- Dried apricots
- 2 free range eggs
- Pre-heat your oven to Gas #3 / 190 C - See conversion chart here
- Lightly grease the baking dish
- Mix cinnamon and sugar together (if using wet ingredients for flavour, add them to the milk)
- Butter the bread, the choice of leaving the crust on or cutting them off is a personal preference
- Layer the bread into the dish adding the sultanas (fruit) plus the sugar to each slice as you go.
- Mix egg and milk together
- Pour over the bread and leave soak for about 10 minutes (see tip below)
- Bake for 35 - 45mins, check after 35, if the milk and egg mixture is set and the top is brown, then it;s done.
Tip: It might look, in the beginning, that you've added too much milk mixture, but it's ok, it'll all soak up in the oven.