From the kitchen | Spiced Bread Pudding

 

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A variation on the classic Bread & Butter Pudding, Spiced Bread Pudding is another way in which you could use your stale bread. As with all my Nana’s recipes she really doesn’t give much direction or details (thanks Nan!) so I’ve filled in some of the blanks. With any type of sweet recipe that involves bread I always think it’s better to use white bread rather than grain or brown and the more stale the better as it will absorb the liquid more effectively. I bought an un-sliced loaf of white bread for this and kept it for a week, partly in the fridge as the crazy humid weather at the moment meant I was fearful of moldy bread! You can use sliced bread but I like the look of a ripped apart loaf, also I left the crust on but you don’t have to.

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What you’ll need

12 slices of stale white bread or half a loaf pulled apart
1 cup milk
2 ounces (60g) butter melted
3/4 cup brown sugar compacted
1 egg beaten
1 cup mixed fruit
2 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat the oven (fan forced) to 180°C. Tear the bread into small – medium sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Poor the milk over until the bread is as covered as possible and leave to soak for 30 minutes. When melting the butter in the microwave it is best to do it on a medium setting in short 20 second bursts. When you can hear it bubbling take it out and stir it until completely melted. Add the melted butter, sugar, mixed spice and egg to the bread and mix well to break up any lumps. Make sure the hot butter does not cook the egg. Stir in the fruit until completely combined.

Spread the mixture into a greased ovenproof dish (about 2 pint capacity) and pat down to remove any air bubbles. Sprinkle with the nutmeg and bake for 45 minutes (my Nan’s instructions said 1.5 hours but after 45 minutes the mixture had completely set so I took it out. This time can vary depending on the individual oven). Once you notice the mixture coming away from the sides of the dish, it’s most likely done.

Can be served hot or cold.

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