September 2, 2023

Cheap, tasty, healthier bread and butter pudding.

Bread and butter pudding is a favourite of Mr S.  I usually only make it in winter, but a friend was throwing lots of crusts away after making an afternoon tea, and, hating waste I decided to make one from those instead of slices of bread.  I added extra taste to mine by also putting some orange marmalade on some of the pieces of crust and grating in the zest of an orange,  but I will write the recipe as I normally do it (you can also spread the bread with jam or chocolate spread, but I leave out the mixed spice when I use conserves with it).  The recipe is healthier because it does not contain cream, which also reduces the price.  I have made it without the butter when I have not had much which made it even healthier.

This is a great way to use up stale bread, or any bread or pastry products (that people seem to get from Olio).  I have use croissants, hot cross buns, brioche, bread cakes, and currant tea cakes. You can make it with fresh bread as well.


8 slices of bread

15g of unsalted butter (or more if you want). I melt mine to make it go further, and butter for greasing.

2 to 3 tbsp of sugar (depending how sweet you like it and which fruit you have used)

500ml of milk

2 eggs

70g sultanas (I have used cranberries, raisins and mixed dried fruit before)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a baking dish (mine was 8 x 10 for the crusts as there were a lot, but I usually use an 8 x 8 inch one)
  2. Spread the butter over the bread
  3. Arrange the sliced of bread in layers (butter side up) with the sultanas in the greased baking dish .
  4. Beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar together until they are mixed well.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and fruit in the dish.
  6. Push the bread mixture down into the milk and egg mixture.
  7. Allow the dish to sit for 5 minutes to allow the bread to soak up some of the mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top, gently.
  9. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the custard is set in the middle.

This bread and butter pudding is fine for reheating if you have left overs (I have even eaten it for breakfast before today!).  Don’t you just love making gorgeous food out of things that other people would throw away?


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  1. Christine rogers September 25, 2023 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Love to make a dish that has cost very little. Have you got a recepie for just bread pudding. I think you can have that cold like a biscuit? Love your site, thank you.

    • ToniG September 25, 2023 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      I haven’t, sorry. It is something that I have not made recently. Thanks for commenting

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