I'm not a huge fan of Bread Pudding myself but my husband has been asking me to make it for years so as it's his birthday today I thought I would make one for his lunch box. At lunch time he rang to say it was amazing which is a huge compliment as he can be harsh when judging my culinary efforts (in fairness I burn things LOTS).
The recipe came from a family member and it's one of those 'throw it all in the bowl' jobs which I love so I thought I would share it with anyone else who might like to make one.
500g white or wholemeal bread
500g mixed dried fruit
1 tbsp mixed spice
2 large eggs, beaten
140g light brown sugar
100g butter, melted
2tbsp demerera sugar (for the top if desired)
Tear the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the spice. Pour in the milk and scrunch it up with your fingers, add eggs and sugar and mix well. Leave it to sit for 15 mins to soak while the oven is pre heating to 180C/160C fan.
Butter and line a 20cm square tin (don't use loose bottom base) and then stir in the melted butter and make sure it's all coated and add fruit. Tip it all into the tin, flatten and sprinkle with sugar if desired.
Bake for an hour and a half and put some foil on the top if it looks like it starting to burn.
I checked on mine at this point and found it really hard to tell if it was done inside as its quite a squidgy mixture so I gave it an extra 15 mins (just to be sure). Obviously once it cools everything gels together so its really easy to cut into squares.
There are lots of other things that can be added to jazz it up a bit including glace cherries, mixed peel, orange or lemon rind or grated fresh apple.
Chop up half of it and wrap individually so they can be put in the freezer and taken out as and when.