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My 'signature dish' - Bread Pudding.

Not exactly 'haute cuisine', but tasty.  And quite sinful.



325g          250g          Stale Bread, broken into smallish pieces
400ml        300ml         Cold water
100g          75g            Soft Brown Sugar
160g          120g          Currants, Raisins or Sultanas
65g            50g            Butter  –  plus some more to grease the dish
1 tsp          1 tsp           Mixed Spice (plus extra cimmamon)
1               1                Large Egg
210ml        160ml         Milk

Use an 8in x10in baking tin for the bigger one, or 8x8 for the small one.

1:  Pour the water over the stale bread, and leave for at least an hour.
2:  Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees – or 5/6 gas mark.
3:  Manually squeeze out the water from the bread.  Get it as dry as you sensibly can.  Place in a basin and mash out with a fork, trying not to lose too much of the bread’s texture.
4:  Break the egg into a mug and add the milk; beat the mixture briefly with a fork.
5:  Add the brown sugar, the butter, the dried fruit and spice to the bread; gently mix it up, then add the egg/milk and mix again.   The mixture should not be sloppy, but should drop easily from the spoon.
6:  Tip into a well-greased baking tin, and even it out.
7:  Bake for about 70 mins, in the middle of the oven (NOT top).  Cover the top with buttered greaseproof paper, not weighted down, for the first 35 mins.
8:  When ready it will be firm to the touch, and a fine skewer inserted at the middle should come out clean and hot.
9:  Tip out onto a warm plate (upside down if a less ‘crinkly’ finish is preferred) and liberally sprinkle with granulated sugar.


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2 hours ago, cog said:

Nice Brian,


What's in the mixed spice ?

The label on the jar says "Cinnamon, Coriander, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger".  I usually add an extra ½-tsp of cinnamon.  Sometimes I'm tempted to add extra nutmeg too.

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30 minutes ago, Worldway said:

I do believe it's also called Allspice.


However, I do not live in the US, nor in Canada, and have to deal with what is available on the European continent, which implies differences in manufacturer, brand and product names. Thanks nevertheless.

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Sorry Carl


Here is what I found


  • 1 Tbs ground allspice
  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger
  • Blend all spices together, and store in a sealed jar away from light.

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On 18/03/2017 at 0:08 PM, John Allen said:

He's not telling the truth one thing I have learned about cooks they always leave out 1 ingredient to drive you crazy.:)

Trouble with me is, I'm too honest for my own good.

Nothing left out!

Although now that the seeds of alcoholic decadence have been sown, I think I'll try adding a tot of Black Bushmills or Jack Daniels next time ...

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