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Apple Bread and Butter Pudding - Organic Box News   7th-10th November

Mattby Matt, 8 yr, 4 m ago in Blog
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Apple Bread and Butter Pudding

For this you need a good quality but slightly stale white bread and if you want a really sublime result, use one of our Cat Lane Bakery brioche and use a little less sugar. This is a great way of using up any below par dessert apples you have lurking in the fruit bowl. 

  • 4 medium eating apples peeled cored and cut into raisin sized dice
  • 1 heaped tbsp raisins
  • 4 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 40g butter
  • 350g bread sliced and cut into triangles (4 triangles per slice for large loaves, 2 for small)
  • 200ml double cream
  • 300ml milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice,
  • a scraping of nutmeg 


  1. Smear half the butter around a ovenproof dish (about 20cm 30cm) and use the rest to butter the bread
  2. Lay the bread slices in the dish at a 45 degree angle, sprinkling on apple and raisins as you go
  3. Beat together the cream, milk, 3 tbsp sugar, eggs and spices.
  4. Pour over the bread and press the bread down into the custard.
  5. Sprinkle on the remaining tbsp sugar and bake at 170c for about 45 minutes, or until the custard is set and the dish is brown and crispy on top.
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