Category Archives: Cakes and Sweets

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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Bird’s custard powder is the one I always use, although there are other brands of custard powder on the market.

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Bulk cooking is a Great Time-Saver:

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!


Poppy Seed Pudding Diana

Recipe For Poppy Seed Pudding Diana

Not everyone likes poppy seeds, but if you do, you will love this Poppy Seed Pudding. It would make a delicious dessert for a special dinner.

This pudding recipe evolved in my own kitchen – that’s why I named it Poppy Seed Pudding Diana – a delicious and unusual pudding.

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Poppy Seed Pudding Diana

I developed a lasting interest in cooking when working in, and helping to run, a restaurant in the 1960’s

It wasn’t a fancy restaurant, maybe more of a cafe really, where the emphasis was on simple home-style food, and as a result of that experience, I became adept at creating simple easy recipes, using the sort of ingredients you might have around the home,

Ingredients For Poppy Seed Pudding Diana –

Assemble the Poppyseed Pudding Diana Ingredients before you start


  • Poppy Seed Pudding Diana
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Plain Flour
  • ½ teaspoonful of Baking Soda
  • 4 tablespoons of Water
  • 1½ teaspoonsful of Mixed Spice
  • (or mix your own:
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoonful of Lemon Juice
  • ¼ teaspoonful of salt
  • Optional: Philadelphia Cream Cheese (or other cream cheese)
  • Tin of Poppy Seeds Cake Mixture (get these from a Continental or Polish store)

Equipment for making Poppy Seed Pudding Diana

– The main utensil is a low sided large baking sheet

– Greaseproof paper or silver foil

– Electric Hand-Mixer

– Mixing bowl

 Method for Making Poppy Seed Pudding Diana – Your Poppy Seed Pudding Diana Will be ready in 25 Minutes

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Instructions for Making Poppy Seed Pudding Diana

It’s so easy –

  •  Blend the sugar and eggs in a bowl for 5 minutes (until creamy and frothy)
  • Mix the Flour, baking powder, spice and salt together, then gradually add them to the sugar and egg mixture. Add the water and salt and blend all together.
  • Pour in the mixture and spread evenly
  • Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes, until the mixture is springy to the touch
  • Remove from oven and separate the cake from the paper or foil with a knife or fish lift
  • Spread the poppy seed mix on the top and then put blobs of cream cheese on top
  • Cut into slices and either leave to cool or serve immediately with cream or ice cream.

YouTube video poppy seed recipe – This one seems to be popular: I’m planning to follow it myself

What do you do When Your Recipe Goes Wrong?

What would you do if your cake turned out wrong?Are you the kind of person who would simply cut your losses and chuck the whole lot in the bin, or would you salvage what you can, and be creative?

I personally like to see what can be rescued, and whether I can still make something nice out of it.

I’ll let you into a little secret: I developed my recipe for Poppy Seed Pudding Diana when I rescued a cooking disaster and turned it into something spectacular -follow this link to the story of how it evolved – Poppy Seed Pudding – How a Recipe Was Born

So what would you do? 

Take The Poll Below and See How Many People Share Your Views


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