This very decadent and irresistible recipe was given to me by my friend Marie-Lorraine who herself got it from a friend: the sort of word-of-mouth recipe that makes you salivate as soon as you hear about it… It is thought to have originated in New-Orleans but there are enough similar recipes in the UK for it to earn its place on this blog.
I used the stale brioche made the week before, which was lucky timing, but you can use any stale sandwich bread or a bought brioche. The trick is to cover the slices with the liquid and let it steep for a while- which I sadly did not have time to do!
Comfort food at its best…
- Caster sugar, 150g
- Whipping cream, 230ml
- Full fat milk, 700ml
- Butter, 100g
- Vanilla extract, 1 drop
- Bitter almond extract, 1 drop
- Currants raisins, ½ cup or small handful
- Nutmeg, 1 tsp
- Stale white bread or brioche, 225g or about
First weigh the bread and cut it up in thick slices.
In a bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, milk, cream, butter, vanilla and almond extract, currants and nutmeg. Whisk to blend well.
Stuff the slices into the bowl and let them steep in ideally for 30 minutes or more. Or you can also just dip each slice into the bowl, then arrange them snuggly and pour the rest over. Once you have arranged your slices in a buttered dish, such as a rectangular pyrex or gratin dish, add more milk if necessary to cover it well and press down with a fork to absorb most of the liquid.
They should all fit tightly and without leaving any space.
Reserve in the fridge for a few hours or a night.
Put the dish in a hot oven at 160º C.
Bake until the top is golden so about 30/40 minutes. Let too cool down then dust some icing sugar on top before serving. Given the sugar content, this is obviously optional but looks good!
Prepare the sauce.
Ingredients list for the sauce:
- Sugar, 200g
- Butter, 60g
- Whipping cream or creme fraiche, 45ml
- Egg yolk, 1
- Rum (or brandy) 60ml
In a thick bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, cream and place over the hob to bubble until it is all melted. Remove from the hob. Whisk the yolk and add it to the mix. Stir in your favourite rum!
Serve the bread and butter pudding warm in shallow cups or bowls with a side helping of the sauce. It is a cross between French toast and a spoon cake: moist and regressive… Enjoy, it’s winter…