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Like most people, I like to cheat where I can in the kitchen. I have been a fan of old fashioned bread and butter pudding for literally my whole life. I had a loaf of brioche to use up and so created this easy peasy cheats brioche easy bread and butter pudding with custard. It’s a great alternative to a sticky toffee pudding and reduces waste too!
This is a great way of using up leftover bread products and I always keep a tin of vanilla custard in the cupboard for making this brioche bread pudding whenever we feel like. Wholesome desserts really don’t get much easier than this.
You can use leftover Panettone bread, stale french bread, croissants, brioche loaf bread cubes, stale bread slices, a nice fruit loaf or raisin bread and pretty much any other bread product and this delicious bread pudding recipe will turn out just as delicious! A croissant bread pudding is one of our favourites.
Ever wondered what to do with leftover brioche or custard?
This cheats brioche bread butter pudding is the perfect winter dessert, a great comfort food and one of our favourite recipes. An Italian bread and butter pudding is great for when you have friends or family round. And it’s so lovely and warming with all the flavours of the season.
This easy brioche bread pudding is easily a family favourite and so simple to make with ready made custard, dried fruit or just raisins and leftover brioche.
You can also make a lovely bread and butter puddings variation of this with just a few tweaks. cranberry and orange zest for a festive feel, chocolate orange for a more indulgent version or really whatever flavour you feel like at the time. I love adding a handful of chocolate chips to ours too – making a delicious chocolate bread and butter pudding!
You can make this bread and butter pudding without raisins or any dried fruit if you like too – just leave them out when putting the dish together.
What custard do you use for this recipe?
You can use pretty much any ready made custard for this recipe. Fresh custard or Ambrosia Devon Custard if you wanted. However, we tend to use cheap tinned custard and it turns out just as good as Ambrosia custard so feel free to experiment with whichever custard you typically buy.
The great thing about using ready made custard is that there’s no need to whisk together double cream milk, caster sugar, vanilla beans and everything else. You simply open a can and you’re done!
How to make bread and butter pudding with custard?
With just three real ingredients, desserts don’t get much simpler than this. It’s something we make all year round – as a homely family dessert to something we can serve after a more important meal – even on Christmas day. But, our favourite time to have it is after Sunday lunch – the perfect end to a big family meal.
To make this panettone bread pudding you simply layer slices of panettone or brioche in a dish with dried fruit in between each layer. You water down tinned custard slight and then pour the custard mixture over the sliced bread before baking in the oven. It’s a great Christmas pudding but lovely throughout the year too.
The children really love this dessert and it’s something they can get involved in making too. It doesn’t have to be pretty or neat and tidy and can literally be thrown together in a dish and put in the oven in minutes.
Can you make bread and butter pudding with custard powder?
If you use custard powder instead of ready made custard, simply make up 400ml of custard in place of the tin of custard and follow the recipe from there.
If you have time you can make our best bread and butter pudding with homemade custard – adding whole milk or cream, vanilla extract, sugar… but then it wouldn’t really be a cheat’s pudding, would it? There’s no homemade custard or egg mixture to worry about with this one.
Make this bread and butter pudding using ready made custard and put your feet up. This isn’t really a healthy recipe either but it’s a great cake alternative and it goes so well after dinner with a glass of wine.
Unlike our other dessert recipes it isn’t made in the slow cooker. But this easy bread pudding is one of our pudding recipes the whole family will love. Serve warm from the oven with a nice heavy cream, ice cream or custard.
What equipment do you need for bread and butter pudding?
For this recipe you will no doubt be able to use things you already have at home but, in case it helps, here’s what we use when putting this recipe together:
And there you have it. It really is one of the simplest recipes to make that you really don’t need any special equipment or ingredients for.
If you’d like to try other variations of this recipe we’ve also made a mincemeat bread and butter pudding which is great for the festive season and also a brioche bread and butter pudding with jam, another classic recipe.
Here’s our Cheats Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe:
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
- Put a layer of brioche slices in the bottom of an oven dish, sprinkle over a handful of dried fruit and then adding another layer of brioche, repeating until the baking dish is full.
- Pour the custard into a jug or large bowl and add 100ml water.
- Whisk together to make the custard sauce mixture and pour over the brioche slowly until it has all been soaked up.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden browned.
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Cheats Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
- 250 g sliced brioche croissants etc
- 50 g mixed dried fruit
- Tin ready made custard
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
- Put a layer of brioche in the bottom of an oven dish, sprinkle over a handful of dried fruit and then adding another layer of brioche, repeating until the dish is full.
- Pour the custard into a jug and add 100ml water. Mix and pour slowly over the brioche until it has all been soaked up.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until browned.
*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.