Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding was the ultimate frugal pudding when I was growing up in the UK, I have tweaked a little but still simplicity at its best.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Hold the front page people, my latest recipe is a rare beast in Krumpli, a dessert! I know take a seat and focus on the bread and butter pudding and you will be fine. Myself and my fearless stunt wifey rarely eat desserts, our love of savoury flavours usually massively overwhelms our desire for dessert.

However we are not immune to the odd sweet treat and when we do they are typically really old school, simple and typically British. Bread and butter pudding has really frugal roots and when I was a child this would have been made with birds custard rather than my slightly more fancy ‘crème anglaise‘. But you should feel free to use ready made custard, let down with a little milk to the consistency twice as thick as double cream if you wish. Let’s face it if you do this becomes a dessert so quick and simple it is obscene!

Bread and Butter Pudding

I’m definitely a crust on and bits of bread poking out kinda dude when it comes to this dessert, I know some prefer to soak all of the bread in the custard mix but those people are wrong. Just plain wrong and very bad people you should not listen to them.

Hehehehehe, I love textures in food so for me I like the slightly salty sweet crunch of the bread as it bakes in the oven and the contrast that it offers to the crusts that are soaked in the custard that become almost chewy in the custard that sets as it bakes.

Oh yes there are also philistines that will tell you to cut of the crusts, again these people are bad people don’t listen to them.

So skip throwing your slightly stale loaf of bread to the birds for just one week and have a crack at an ancient, simple and really rather glorious British dessert, you won’t regret it!

Bread and Butter Pudding
Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Bread and Butter Pudding was the ultimate frugal pudding when I was growing up in the UK, I have tweaked a little but still simplicity at its best. 


  • 200 g Stale Bread
  • 35 g Butter
  • 25 g Raisins
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 30 g Sugar
  • 100 ml Full Fat Milk
  • 100 ml Double Cream
  • 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 15 g Flaked Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar


  1. Butter a 20cm diameter round bowl that is oven proof.
  2. Then spread butter on both sides of your stale bread and layer up your bowl with the buttered bread.
  3. Sprinkle over the raisins and ground cinnamon and set aside whilst you make the custard.
  4. Whisk together the sugar and the egg until it lightens in colour and becomes frothy.
  5. Mix together the cream and the milk and scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add them to the milk cream mixture and heat pver a medium high heat.
  6. Do not boil the milk but take to a slight simmer before pouring slowly over the egg mixture whisking as you go.
  7. When a smooth custard has formed pour over your bread, removing the vanilla pod and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  8. Whilst your bread is soaking preheat your oven to 180°C
  9. Before placing your pudding in the oven sprinkle over the almonds and the brown sugar and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 812 Total Fat: 45g Saturated Fat: 24g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 18g Cholesterol: 283mg Sodium: 692mg Carbohydrates: 86g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 36g Protein: 17g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

20 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. Ah, Ah, Ah, I never throw away my stale bread, because I make breadcrumbs for my meatballs. I am also more of a savoury person but I will try this magnificent bread pudding

  2. I could easily have this as the only desert on this planet and your version is definitely a super nice one. ? I totally agree, no soaking. I’m going to make this pud this coming weekend for sure. Love it!

  3. What is it about this time of year that just makes you crave decadent delicious things like bread pudding?! This looks so simple yet flavorful. I’d top this with a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream just to add extra decadence, because – why not? Haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I didn’t know what bread pudding is 😮 It sounds (and looks) amazing so I’m glad you made this recipe and shared with us. I’m saving this for later to try (I love trying new things) 😉 This looks really delicious.

    • It is definitely an old school British classic but have seen a few versions from around the world, hope you give it a try and make it your won 🙂

  5. I have hideous memories of bread and butter pudding from childhood, but when it’s made right as you have proved it looks delicious. The flavours sound lovely, and it looks fab. Great winter dessert.

    • I have eaten a few horrific versions of bread and butter pudding, the worst being the scrambled egg version that school dinners managed to dish up 😮 This is definitely a whole lot better 😀

  6. Your bread and butter pudding is taking me on a trip down memory lane as growing uo, my mom made his so often. Loving your use of almonds in this!

  7. I love bread pudding so much! We had it instead of cake at our wedding! I don’t do a ton of desserts either, but bread pudding… that’s always welcome in my opinion! Yum!


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