There is something so comforting about a home-made bread and butter pudding. It conjures memories of happiness, warmth, tradition and good times with family and friends.

But having a tradition doesn't mean that you always have to stick to the same recipe. Create new Christmas in July traditions and give an old favourite a delicious twist with these 3 bread and butter pudding recipes that each add something a little bit special.

Sticky Date and Cinnamon Bread and Butter Pudding

Prep: 20 Mins
Cook: 40 Mins
Serving: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 loaf white sandwich bread
  • 100-gram butter softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dates
  • 70-grams pecans, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup plus extra for serving

METHOD

Step 1

Remove the crusts from the bread slices and butter generously.

Step 2

Sprinkle each slice with the combined sugar, cinnamon, dates and pecans, then roll up.

Step 3

Cut in half and arrange in a 23cm high-sided oven-proof dish to make a spiral pattern.

Step 4

Preheat the oven to 175°C.

Step 5

Whisk the eggs, cream, milk, vanilla and sugar together, then pour over the bread pudding. Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

Step 6

Drizzle the pudding with the maple syrup and bake for 35-40 minutes until puffed up and golden and the centre is just set.

Step 7

Dust with icing sugar and serve warm with ice cream or cream, drizzling with a little extra syrup.

Source: www.womensweeklyfood.com.au

Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Prep: 20 Mins
Cook: 1 Hr 
Makes: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 baguette
  • 40-gram unsalted butter, plus 30g extra
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) cream
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) full-cream milk
  • 110-gram caster sugar
  • salt
  • 300-gram dark chocolate, chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • thickened or whipped cream, to serve

METHOD

Step 1

Cut bread diagonally into 1cm slices, then halve slices. Use 40g butter to grease a 10-12 cup gratin or baking dish. Arrange bread in a dish so it is slightly overlapping.

Step 2

Combine cream, milk, sugar, and salt in a pan and stir over moderate heat until the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate and stand until chocolate has softened about 3 minutes. Stir until smooth.

Step 3

Break eggs into a large bowl and beat lightly. Slowly add chocolate mixture, whisking until well combined, then stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over bread and stand 1 hour, pressing bread down from time to time.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan). Dot 30g butter onto the top of the pudding. Place dish in a larger baking pan with hot water coming halfway up sides of the dish. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the custard has set but is still wobbly in the middle. Serve warm with cream.

Source: www.womensweeklyfood.com.au

Hazelnut and Raisin Bread and Butter Pudding

Cook: 1 Hr and 15 Mins
Makes: 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup (100g) hazelnuts
  • 2 cup (500ml) pouring the cream
  • 1 1/2 cup (375ml) milk
  • 350-gram ciabatta bread
  • 50-grams butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (85g) raisins
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C

Step 2

Place nuts on an oven tray and bake about 8 minutes or until skins begin to split. Place nuts in a tea towel and rub to remove skins. Chop nuts coarsely.

Step 3

In a medium saucepan, bring cream, milk, and hazelnuts to the boil. Remove from heat, cover and stand 20 minutes.

Step 4

Remove crust from the base of the bread. Cut bread into 1.5cm thick slices. Brush one side of each slice with butter. Arrange bread, butter-side up, overlapping slightly, in a shallow 2-litre (8-cup) ovenproof dish. Sprinkle raisins between layers.

Step 5

Whisk eggs, sugar and extract in a large bowl until combined. Gradually whisk cream mixture into the egg mixture. Strain mixture into a jug and reserve nuts. Pour hot milk mixture over bread; sprinkle with reserved nuts.

Step 6

Place dish in a large baking dish and add enough boiling water to a baking dish to come halfway up sides of the dish.

Step 7

Bake pudding about 50 minutes or until set. Stand 10 minutes before serving.

 

Source: www.womensweeklyfood.com.au

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