Cosy, Comforting Bread and Butter Pudding

When you want a cosy night in, this pudding is unbeatable.


3 thinly sliced bread rolls

250ml milk

1 vanilla bean, split and with the seeds scraped

3 eggs

250ml thickened cream

110g white sugar

2tbsp apricot jam

2tbsp sultanas soaked in warm water and drained

Pinch of salt

50g room temperature butter


  1. Grease an ovenproof 5-cup dish with butter and preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.
  2. Put the milk, vanilla seeds and pod, salt and cream into a saucepan. Over medium-low heat, bring pan to a simmer and remove from heat.
  3. Use an electric whisk to beat the eggs and sugar together until thoroughly mixed. Continue whisking and gradually add the milk mixture. Strain through a sieve into a jug.
  4. Butter the bread and reserve any leftover butter. Arrange the slices in the ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sultanas. Pour over milk mixture and dot with any remaining butter.
  5. Put the dish into a larger baking dish or pan and pour boiling water around it until it reaches halfway up. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until just set.
  6. Mix jam with a little boiling water until smooth and brush over pudding. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.

Serves 4