My mama is a pretty good cook. As a child, I have many a memory of her catering for various dinner parties and celebrations. She is a bit of a whinger by nature (love ya Mum!) but secretly she loves the preparation, the fuss, the food and the enjoyment of sharing it. If you happened to be at our place around meal time, you were not invited to stay. A place was automatically set and it was assumed you would be eating with us. We always had a ring in or two for Christmas dinner and everyone was welcome.
One of my father's favourites is Bread and Butter Pudding. As a child, I wasn't really a fan of bread and butter pudding but these days it is one of my favourite comfort foods. It has a tonne of nostalgia for me.
Each time I bake this, I call and ask my ma for the recipe and every time, I'm sure it's a little bit different.
Bread and Butter Pudding as told by Margie...
4-5 eggs, couple of cups of milk, cup of cream or half a bottle, couple of handfuls of sugar and a couple of dobs of vanilla
Always put bread and butter(with jam) in first.
I like to sprinkle it with nutmeg-not a lot, just a tiny little taste of it.
Bake 50 mins in 1 inch of water.
If it evaporates, top it up...you've got to keep your eye on it!
Okay...clear as mud?!
Now my interpretation of Margies Bread and Butter Pudding, in case you would like to make it too.
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/4 cup castor sugar
1 cup cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
bread, butter, jam
Beat eggs, milk, sugar, cream and vanilla well.
Cut crusts off slices of bread. I like thick toast style slices. But when I made the one below I only had sandwich slices so I did two layers of bread.
Spread each slice with butter and jam of choice-I like raspberry, marmalade is more traditional, I think.
Place bread in baking dish, just lay it out covering the entire dish.
Gently pour mix over bread.
Place baking dish in a larger baking dish/roasting pan that is filled with water.
Water should be about 1 inch deep or so it comes halfway up the sides of your baking dish.
Bake at 180 degrees cel. for 50 mins. Halfway through I covered it with foil to prevent too much browning on top. Serve warm or cold. Indulge with a dollop of whipped cream.
Variations Add a handful of sultanas to mix. Use crossiants instead of bread-naughty but delicious!
I am the only one in our family that likes Bread and Butter Pudding which unfortunately or maybe fortunately... means I eat the lot!
Do you like Bread and Butter Pudding?
Do have a favourite comfort food?