Monday, 13 June 2011


Have you ever made Bread Pudding, or Navvy's Wedding Cake, as it's also known! I haven't made one for years and years...back in the dim and distant past. Yesterday (Saturday) I'd bought a new loaf but there was too much of the old one left in the bread box so I decided to make a bread pud this Sunday morning.
I threw out the crust for the birds after I'd scraped the soft part into a mixing bowl and added water for it to soak in while I went to a tiny car boot in the drizzle with friend Brenda.
When I came back I squeezed as much water out of the soggy bread as I could leaving what looked like a blob of papier mache, to which I added a small amount of flour to absorb any water I hadn't got rid of. I shovelled in lots of sultanas, some sugar, a dollop of melted soft marg, lots and lots of mixed spice (judged by smell, not teaspoons) and an egg.
This sloppy pale brown mixture went into the largest container I had - a shallow dish - and into the oven at Mark 5 for about 35 minutes. I didn't weigh anything, just guesswork.
Considering the size of the chunk of bread I began with it hasn't ended up as large as I'd expected. Perhaps I should have used the crust, too, but nevertheless it's a tasty munch. Most of it has gone already - eaten hot and cold.
Have you made bread pudding?


Bernard said...

Never made any myself, but love it!
Of course after the war nothing was thrown away and bread pud, and bread & butter pud were very common. Bread pud was a good ballast for an empty belly.
You can buy it in Thame Mkt at £1:50 a chunk!
A bit of a 'rip off' me thinks.
How about a dittie from the past:-

"When all of a sudden
A chunk of bread puddin’
Cam flyin' through the air
It hit poor auld Nelly
A shot in the belly
And knocked her tae the flair."

marigold jam said...

Yes I love the stuff but I don't often make it these days as I know I'd eat the lot as my husband doesn't like it! I do sometimes buy a slice at the farmers' market though. When I make mine I use suet instead of the marg. It's good hot as a pud but I like it best cold with a cup of coffee.

Bernard said...

Kath told me when she was young her Mother sang a similar version :-
"All of sudden, a bloomin great puddin, came flying through the air, it hit me Ma, it hit me Pa and knocked him over the chair".

PS As you may have noticed - I collect ditties!

Kath said...

Eh up Silve and Uncle Bernard (and Jane!).
I just cannot think of anything more mouth watering than the smell of bread pudding cooking :-D
A friend of mine bakes bread every day in a bread maker. The unused bread then gets made into pudding.
She told me whenever she had guests for lunch or dinner, she offers them a "posh" pudding or bread pudding and they unfailingly go for the bread pud.

Sylve said...

I seem to have stirred up some memories!
There's none of mine left now, of course. I cut off a chunk each time I go into the kitchen...
Jane - I'm vegetarian so wouldn't use suet but I'm sure my Mum would have done. Do you get those lovely chewy crusts and bottoms - and if so, how do you manage it? Mine always have smooth tops.
I don't know that ditty, Bernard, in either version. I must have had a sheltered childhood!!!