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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…


Inside-out carrot cake cookies – 1 of your 5 a day? May 29, 2010

Filed under: Food,Recipes — wearemadhatters @ 11:10 pm
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Loved the look of the recipe that @epicurious tweeted about on Wednesday so much that I had to give them a try, so I got everything in and made them this morning. They were all gone by lunch time. Really easy to make (I’m still no pro), and really good with a cup of tea.

The full, original recipe below can be found at, but I decided to go for a classic icing sugar/cream cheese/vanilla essence middle and it was really good. Also, not only are they really good warm before they’re iced (and you feel a bit like you’re having one of your 5 a day), but they’re also good as a single biscuit with icing  rather than sandwiched as once you have two together it can be a bit daunting, I prefer to fool myself that I’m only having one, then eat several more, rather than start out with two at the same time. Keep reading about carrot cake cookies…