Saturday, March 17, 2012

Comfort food

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

Beat well.

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'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?


karlyn Jackson said...

I've got to say I'm not a fan of soggy bread pudding, maybe that's because my Bevvy used to make it with skim milk and nothing naughty. I'm sure your's taste delish. It does look good.

Yvette Adams said...

That's funny - Mum used to often make bread and butter pudding too (always with jam) and I never liked it. But now I do! I've never made it tho - Dave doesn't like it. I have so many comfort foods. :) One that comes to mind is rice pudding made in the slow cooker. It's SO good and goes caramelised. Mmmmm. Again, Dave doesn't eat it but it's worth cooking for just Tassy and me. A good filling afternoon snack too. :)

teawithhazel said...

i love bread and butter pudding but i haven't made it for years..winter's approaching here in australia and i have some home made jam and i usually have a loaf of home made bread so guess what i'll be making soon..thanks for the inspiration..jane

Megan said...

Bread and butter pudding is one of my comfort food favourites as well, for similar reasons! That and sago.

My mum never added jam though and always sultanas (which I leave out now when I make it). I haven't tried it with jam before. I've also seen a recipe with it made with nutella, haven't tried that either! And I always add the sprinkle of nutmeg. Yum! Now I've got some cravings!