Traditional Bread-and-Butter Pudding – Quick and Easy Recipe

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A Tasty Sweet Prepared in Minutes

How to Use Up Stale Bread to Make a Delicious Traditional English Pudding Which is Normally Eaten With Custard

I used to run a restaurant, specializing in good traditional English food. There was always a lot of food waste, but we were also adept at using up food that was a little stale but still edible, to make very popular dishes. Bread-and-Butter Pudding is one such dish.

Bread and butter pudding is very cheap to make, using only a few slices of stale bread, spread lightly with butter or butter substitute, and a scattering of dried fruit, soaked in milk. This is a very suitable recipe for a beginner, as well as more seasoned cooks, and requires very little skill or time – a real quick and easy recipe. Even quite young children could make bread and butter pudding.

Equipment for Making Bread and Butter Pudding

  • Medium sized Baking Dish – this can be glass, metal or tinfoil
  • Small Saucepan
  • Bread Board or Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Dessert Spoon

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Making  Bread and Butter Pudding – Details:

  • Preparation time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 4 Servings


  • 3 slices of bread (preferably thick slices)
  • Butter or butter substitute
  • 3/4 pint of milk or 1/2 pint of milk and 1/4 of water
  • A handful of raisins, currants or sultanas
  • 1 dessertspoon of sugar
  • Optional: Aromatic spice such as 1 clove a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg


  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan;
  2. Whilst it is warming, butter the bread slices;
  3. Cut the bread into cubes about 1 inches square;
  4. Layer about half the bread cubes in a medium sized baking dish (this can be glass, metal or tinfoil) so that they are slightly leaning against each other, and not flat on the bottom of the dish;
  5. Sprinkle about half the dried fruit evenly over the bread;
  6. Add another layer of bread and sprinkle it with the rest of the dried fruit;
  7. Pour the hot milk (or mixture of milk and water) over the bread;
  8. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top and add the spice;
  9. Cook in a preheated oven on a medium heat for twenty minutes. The top should be lightly browned. If not, cook it for a few minutes longer;
  10. Serve hot, with custard.


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Traditional Bread and Butter Pudding Served With Custard

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Whilst you are making this bread and butter pudding, why not make an extra pudding and keep it for another day?

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Two Bread and Butter Puddings are Better Than One

How Often do You Eat Pudding or Dessert? – Take This Poll and See How Many People Share Your Views

Some people have a sweet tooth and want to eat a pudding every day. Others just have pudding as a treat. And some, amazingly, never have pudding – that’s really Sad!

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