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Bread and butter pudding – version 2… chocolate :) July 14, 2010

Filed under: bread,Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 2:11 pm
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Chocolatey but not too sweet (and I don't use that as a positive usually)

I freestyled the chocolate bread and butter pudding a bit because using up bits of various slightly old loaves is what this pudding is all about, it seems a waste to cut crusts off, I like a breadier pudding than the original recipe and I didn’t have the cash on me for the rum!

I don’t know if this would have been even better if I’d followed the original recipe, but it is (I’m eating a slice now!) delicious. Like a brownie, but somehow feels better for you… I don’t know if that’s actually the case but I’m not going to look it up for fear of bursting my bubble!

The crusts provide a chewy interlude to the squidy chocolatey goodness and the various breads can’t be told from each other so no need for all white bread really. Really really good, you could serve this to friends over for dinner, supply a bit of cream to pour over it and voila, new favourite.

Extra useful that you can (and should) prepare it 2 days in advance to increase the soakage of chocolate through the bread. Click here for the original recipe and my version…

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Bread and butter pudding – version 1 July 13, 2010

Filed under: bread,Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 3:25 pm
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I’m probably one of the few people who gets excited waking up to a dreary drizzly day,

delicious and squishy

to me it shouts “cook something warm!”. Many thanks to Delia for teaching me to make bread and butter pudding, these days it has developed a little into the recipe below, although it changes every time depending on my mood and what I have in the cupboard.

15 slices bread (from a small loaf), crusts on

Enough butter for the slices of bread and to grease the pan (approx. 50-100g depending on how heavy a knife hand you have)

4 chopped dried apricots, or 10g candied orange peel, or a bit of marmalade on each slice

50-100g raisins

275ml milk

60ml double cream (or just use more milk)

50g caster sugar

Grated zest ½ small lemon

3 eggs

A sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon Click here for the method…

 

Super simple onion bread rolls July 5, 2010

Filed under: bread,Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 11:56 pm
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mmmmmmm....

Just a quick post today, a friend’s fantastically simple recipe for onion rolls. Not only are they ridiculously easy to make, but we made them Sunday night and they were still delicious on the Wednesday, and probably would have toasted well right to the end of the week (although I can’t say for definite as mine were gone before then).

500g plain flour

2 tsp salt

7g dried yeast

1 tsp sugar

1tbsp olive oil

2 onions, diced finely

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp sesame seeds

How to make the rolls, super easy…