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Bread Pudding with Berries in Winter?

Posted on June 26, 2010 by in desserts

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Bread pudding with……..jam, chocolate, fruit or just about anything you fancy is one of those desserts that feel like a hug-in-a-bowl. Something so comforting and satisfying, you cannot help yourself for wanting a second “hug”. Bread and butter pudding, like mac-n-cheese was intended to be a cost saving recipe,
but these days mac-n-cheese is made with three cheeses and bread and butter pudding is anything but a cost saving dessert…. Let’s just go back to the original bread and butter dessert recipe. Bread and butter pudding is a classic British dessert and originally was nothing else but layers of buttered bread and a few raisins, smothered in an egg and milk custard and baked to golden bubbly perfection. For many this dessert is associated with school dinners or hostel food and although it may have been the cook’s signature dish, for many it meant nothing but a dry, sticky “mess” in a bowl. If this is your memory, I will endeavour to change that! I think, bread pudding should be…


– light and almost “souffle-like”
– golden brown, with sweet crunchy bits dusted with sugar prior to baking
– not too sweet
– accompanied by a little fruit, jam or chocolate

 the puddings prior to baking

We took a trip out toFranchoek last week and stopped at the Hillcrest Berry Farm.This is a bad time of the year to be visiting a berry farm, because we are in the middle of winter and berries are summer fruits, but that farm is so picturesque, nestled in between the snow-capped mountains that it is very hard to drive past. They sell frozen berries and when I saw the bag of mixed frozen berries, I knew they were destined to be part of a hug-in-a-bowl bread and butter pudding.

Bread and Butter Pudding with Berries

Ingredients

12 slices of white bread, crusts removed
125ml soft butter
2 cups frozen berries

For the custard

2 cups of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 jumbo eggs
125ml caster sugar
icing sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 160C. Butter bread and cut in quarters(triangles). Layer slices in a medium-sized ovenproof dish or  4 individual ramekins. Scatter some of the frozen berries on the puddings, allowing the berries to drop in between the slices of bread. Mix all the ingredients for the custard and pour over the bread. Allow the puddings to stand for about 10-15 minutes before baking. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately with drizzles of fresh cream. A hug-in-a-bowl!

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20 Responses to “Bread Pudding with Berries in Winter?”

  1. janice tripepi 26 June 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    i want to dive right into that bowl of winter warmth!! Nyummmmmy Nina …. that Hillcrest Berry Farm is awesome hey!! xxxx jan

  2. redkathy 26 June 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    What a fabulous idea! It surely is a HUG in a bowl! Have a great weekend.

  3. bellini valli 26 June 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    I am headed to the farmers market this morning so we will see what is available for fresh fruit. I can't wait to try it.

  4. elra 26 June 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Bread pudding sounds delicious Nina.

  5. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26 June 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    I'd love a hug of that right now 🙂

  6. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen 27 June 2010 at 12:33 am #

    This is one of my favorite comfort foods, Nina, since I was a little girl! Yours looks beautiful! You are so right about it being a hug in a bowl!

  7. ♥peachkins♥ 27 June 2010 at 3:30 am #

    I'm lovin' the looks of this bread pudding!

  8. Marisa 27 June 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Beautiful photos Nina!! I could def do with a hug like that.

  9. MeetaK 28 June 2010 at 7:50 am #

    oh my nina! this looks wonderfully delicious. soeren & i love bread puddings this one will be a winner!

  10. polkadotcupcake 28 June 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Ah, bread pudding! I haven't had this since I was a child.. Mmm, all that delicious custardy goodness.. And now with chocolate and berries?! Can I come live with you, please?

  11. Peter M 28 June 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Nina, the you served this bread pudding with panache, love how you arranged the slices of bread.

  12. Juliana 29 June 2010 at 12:08 am #

    Oh Nina, what a nice way to present bread pudding…absolutely gorgeous…love the berries in it 🙂

  13. Cynthia 29 June 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Oh Nina, I so want some of this!

  14. myfrenchkitchen 29 June 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    mmm, delicious AND beautiful…AND full of antioccidants for your winter!
    ronelle

  15. Jeanne @ CookSister! 1 July 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Even in this incredibly hot and sticky London weather (not a phrase you hear often!!) that looks totally sublime, I love that you can freeze berries and enjoy them all year round!

  16. Pam 8 July 2010 at 6:56 am #

    You have no idea how much I want this right now! It looks divine.

  17. vi da 2 March 2012 at 8:51 am #

    This bread pudding recipe, from an old Amish cookbook, is absolutely incredible.

    It was copied, loaned out, scribbled on note cards and passed on by grandmothers, great-aunts, beloved neighbor ladies and those whose home cooking reaches the very soul of the family. This is the bread pudding people get dreamy-eyed over.

    For a lot of us, it's nostalgia. A yearning for a simpler time when dessert was made from a few common kitchen ingredients. It's also the way it brings everyone into the kitchen, warm with the smell of cinnamon and vanilla fresh from the oven.

  18. vi da 2 March 2012 at 8:51 am #

    This bread pudding recipe, from an old Amish cookbook, is absolutely incredible.

    It was copied, loaned out, scribbled on note cards and passed on by grandmothers, great-aunts, beloved neighbor ladies and those whose home cooking reaches the very soul of the family. This is the bread pudding people get dreamy-eyed over.

    For a lot of us, it's nostalgia. A yearning for a simpler time when dessert was made from a few common kitchen ingredients. It's also the way it brings everyone into the kitchen, warm with the smell of cinnamon and vanilla fresh from the oven.

  19. SORAYA ARENDSE 23 May 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    That just looks so awesome, plus u have been to my favourite place Hillcrest berry farm and like you I too bought mixed berries and i use it for my shake and i have also made a frangipanni berry tart and crumpets and cupcakes and scones oh my word the list can go on and on, so tonight will be bread pudding with berries. Yummy


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