Irish Bread and Butter Pudding is exceptional, extraordinary, and seriously pleasurable. Can be made with day old brioche or croissants. Like many other Irish dishes, it’s traditional.
- 1/3 Cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 12 slices medium white bread, preferably from a bakery
- 1/3 Cup raisins or sultanas
- 1 1/3 Cups heavy cream
- 1 1/3 Cups whole milk
- 4 eggs, large
- 1/2 Cup firmly packed superfine sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Generously butter an ovenproof dish. Remove the crusts from the bread and using the remaining butter coat both sides, and then cut each slice into quarters to form triangles.
- Arrange a single layer of the bread triangles, overlapping slightly in the bottom of the buttered dish. Scatter over some of the raisins, then place a second layer of the bread triangles on top and scatter over the remaining raisins. Press down gently with a fish slice or spatula.
- To make the custard, heat the cream and milk in a pan until it almost comes to the boil. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sugar and ground cinnamon in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until thickened and the whisk leaves a trail in the mixture. Remove from the heat and beat in the cream and milk mixture until well combined.
- Pour two-thirds of the custard over the layered bread triangles and leave to stand for about 30 minutes or until the bread has soaked up all of the custard.
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C/150˚F/Gas Mark 4. Pour the remaining custard over the soaked bread and butter triangles and arrange the remaining bread triangles on top. Press down firmly with a fish slice so that the custard comes halfway up the bread triangles. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the custard is just set and the top is golden brown.
- To serve, bring the bread and butter pudding straight to the table and have a jug of custard ready to hand around so that everyone can help themselves to a good slosh of it.
Irish Bread and Butter Pudding is a traditional, sweet and delightful dessert concoction and a favorite of children and adults, alike.