Traditional Bread Pudding recipe

This is bread pudding at its best plain and simple but utterly delicious. Serve with a dollop of warm custard and some warm fruit jam for a traditional British pud.


  • 8 slices of white bread, buttered both sides
  • 300ml milk
  • 120ml double cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g caster sugar
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 50g sultanas (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and butter a medium baking dish.

  2. Put one layer of the bread into the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with half of the sultanas, if using.

  3. Cover with the rest of the bread and sprinkle with the rest of the sultanas.

  4. Next, combine the milk, cream, sugar and lemon zest in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Crack the eggs into another large bowl. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the eggs, whisking all the time.

  5. Pour the custard mixture over the bread and then top with the grated nutmeg.

  6. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes and then serve hot from the oven.

Author: Laura Young

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Reviews and Comments:

Comment by Chloe on 5th August 2012:

I didn't have some of the stuff, so i just used bread, butter, milk, eggs and sugar and it still worked out fine... it was lovely though! :)

Review by Jayne on 4th October 2013:

Nice enough but this is bread & butter pudding NOT bread pudding, bread pudding is completely different!

Comment by Alice on 26th February 2014:

This is a lovely dessert, but technically speaking, it is a bread and butter pudding, not a bread pudding, which is a totally different recipe,cooked in a tin and cut into squares.

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