Dad’s Bread Pudding

Our Dad enjoyed cooking, and in the days when hot puddings with custard were a staple, his bread pudding was one of our favourites. A simple recipe and a great way to use up stale bread.


• 8 oz stale bread, brown or white

• 2 oz sugar, + an extra tablespoon of sugar for topping

• 6oz mixed dried fruit (or if all you have is raisins or sultanas that’s OK)

• I teaspoon mixed spice

• 3 oz plant-based margarine, melted

• I large egg beaten

• 3 tablespoons milk


• Tear bread into pieces and soak in water or milk for about an hour

• Preheat oven to 180 C

• Grease a small loaf tin or line with greaseproof paper.

• Squeeze the bread with your hands to remove excess liquid. Place in mixing bowl.

• Add sugar, dried fruit and spice, and mix well.

• Pour in melted margarine.

• Add milk to beaten egg and add to other ingredients.

• Stir everything well together.

• Pour mixture into prepared tin.

• Smooth the mix and sprinkle sugar over the top.

• Bake in preheated oven for about an hour – less if it seems cooked through.


Serve hot or cold, with or without custard!

Number of portions: 6

Why is it eco-friendly?

It cuts down on food waste.

Bread is one of the most commonly wasted foods in the UK, at the top of the list along with milk and potatoes. We bin something like 24 million slices of bread a day!

Save energy by making this when you have other things to go in the oven.

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