I’ve decided that as it’s almost Easter, that delightful
period of greed between Christmas gluttony and summer holiday nibbling, I’m
going to choose food as my first theme. I’m passionate about cooking, so over
the next week or so I’ll be sharing some of my recipes and tips for the
I always like to take holidays as a chance to try new
recipes that maybe I wouldn't have time to cook otherwise—you know, the ones
that say “leave to stand for a decade” or “continue stirring, do not let it out
of your sight, even if someone dies”. However if you’re a little less
adventurous, I’m going to take this opportunity to share some nice simple
recipes which I've been making for ages and always seem to turn out well
(fingers crossed). This is going to be pretty dessert-heavy, but only God and
Delia Smith can judge me.
First up, it’s what my mum calls “nursery food”, warm and
Bread and Butter Pudding
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:
(These ingredients are
vague, but bear with me. It’s all to do with what size you want.)
A large ovenproof dish (e.g. lasagna dish)
White sliced bread (any will do, this is a great way to use
up stale bread), enough to make up two layers in your dish
...AND HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
1) Preheat the oven (oh, yeah, you need an oven by the way)
2) Grease your dish with a little butter.
3) Butter your bread just like you would for a sandwich.
4) Line the bottom of the dish with bread and sprinkle over
as many raisins as you like.
5) Add another layer of bread and sprinkle with a few
raisins (you can add some grated orange peel if you want to, but this doesn't bode well with certain family members so I tend to leave it out).
6) Now for the delicious bit... trust me on this. Break the
egg into a pint glass/ measuring jug and beat it with the sugar. Then fill the
glass up to the top (or fill up to a pint) with milk. At this point, if you
like, you could add some of your favourite spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, mixed
spice...) or some vanilla.
7) Pour the mixture all over the bread. If it doesn't look like it’s covering well, you can just add some more milk.
8) Bake for about half an hour until golden and crunchy on top and solid but soft in the middle. Can be eaten hot as dessert, and the cold remains are great to be picked at long into the night.
Here's how mine turned out! It might not win any beauty contests, but tastes amazing!