With the winter days running short, we at TBS are all about carb loading. Luckily, we have Leah Cohen’s decadent bread and butter pudding recipe.
Bread and butter pudding is the ultimate winter dessert. It’s comforting, easy to make and gives you an excuse to eat ice cream during the chillier months. It’s not fiddly or pretentious, it can successfully feed and fill lots of stomachs, makes great leftovers and can be concocted from any soft bread. From raisin bread to Wonder White, challah to even croissants, this recipe gives you the freedom to pick your favourite carbs and dessert-ify them, transformed in the oven and coming out steaming, baked to perfection. Topped off with dollops of cold contrasting creamy ice cream, this is the indulgence you’ve been waiting all year to cash in your calories for!
1 large panettone, cut into 2cm slices
50g butter, plus some for greasing
300ml pure cream
300ml full cream milk
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped or 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
150g caster sugar
Dark brown sugar for dusting
In a saucepan, bring cream, milk and vanilla seeds to the boil over medium heat.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl whisk sugar and eggs together. Add cream mixture to bowl, whisking continuously with one had while pouring with the other to combine and set aside.
Grease all sides of a medium to large square or rectangular baking dish with butter.
Spread both sides of the panettone slices with butter. Layer the slices on an angle from one side to the other of the dish like falling dominos, filling gaps with any extra pieces.
Pour cream mixture evenly over the buttered panettone slices and pouring between each slice to ensure every one gets some love. Set aside to soak for about 2 hours or until the slices have absorbed all the cream mixture. If you have extra cream mixture, you can top it up and let it soak in a little longer.
Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the top and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Serve immediately with generous scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Now make up for lost time.