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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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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!


Chicken and Goat Cheese Risotto Recipe – Use up Leftovers

I used to work in a restaurant and love cooking and being inventive with whatever is in my fridge or store cupboard. I tend to find bland food a bit boring, so normally go for spicy food and a strong flavour, but if you like a mild flavour, you can just cut down on the quantities I use in my recipes

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Save Yourself Some Time –

It helps to organize all your equipment and ingredients before you start,

or gather all the herbs and spices whilst the onion is frying

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min   Cook time: 10 min     Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2 Portions


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (or other cooking oil)
  • 1 Small Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 2 – 4 oz.(50 – 100 gm) Cooked Chicken
  • 1 ½ -2 Mugs Cooked Rice, (if starting off with uncooked rice, risotto or paella rice have the best textured for this dish)
  • ¾ Mug Milk
  • 1 oz. (25 gm) Goat Milk Cheese
  • 1 Clove
  • ¼ teaspoon mixed spice (or nutmeg or cinnamon)
  • A tiny sprinkle of crushed chilli seeds or Chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs – any of marjoram, parsley, oregano, coriander or mixed herbs
  • Salt to taste

NB: The measurement of ingredients above is for your guidance only –

Precise measurement of the ingredients is unnecessary – you can add more or less of any of them, to suit your preference or what you have available.

Instructions for Cooking Chicken and Goat Cheese Risotto:

  1. If you haven’t got any cooked rice, put some on to boil now, whilst preparing the other ingredients
  2. Peel and chop the onion into small pieces and fry gently in the oil for about 5 minutes, to let it sweat and brown slightly without crisping it, stirring so that it doesn’t stick to the pan
  3. Peel and crush the garlic, chop it finely and add to the onions; keep stirring
  4. Add the cooked chicken and cooked rice and stir into the mixture
  5. Add the cooked chicken and cooked rice and stir into the mixture
  6. Add salt if necessary (don’t forget the rice might already have been cooked with salt)
  7. Continue to cook and stir on a gentle heat until the cheese has melted and rice has absorbed most of the liquid (about 5 minutes). If it dries out, stir in a tablespoon of water. Make sure all the ingredients are spread evenly through the mixture.
  8. Then serve

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How to Make the Real Italian Risotto:

YouTube Video – How to Make The Real Italian Risotto

See More of my Recipe Ideas Using Leftovers:

How to Use up Chicken & Turkey Leftovers After Your Thanksgiving Dinner: Nine Quick Easy Recipes –Turn even the smallest amounts of chicken or turkey leftovers into a tasty meal: use them to make paella, vol-au-vents, risotto, pilaff, stirfry, chicken supreme, soup & sandwiches

How to Make Bread-and-Butter Pudding Using Up Stale Bread – Quick and Easy Recipe Bread and Butter Pudding is a traditional English recipe which is very quick and cheap to make, using a couple of slices of stale bread. So if you hate wasting food, here is a recipe for a delicious pudding. You can prepare it in 5 minutes or less

Chicken Supreme – Quick and Easy Recipe for Christmas Turkey or Chicken Leftovers Chicken supreme originated in Russia. Use up the remains of your celebration turkey dinner or Sunday chicken roast with this simple recipe, using chicken or turkey. Easy Beginner’s level in cookery

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