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Grandad’s Old Fashioned Bread Pudding

This is such a gorgeous recipe for a pudding, hot or cold, or eaten as cake.. It has been in my family for I don’t know how long, we just call it Grandad’s..

Most English people know of Bread Pudding, but it is not widely available, the shop bought versions are just truly awful, sorry to say ! It is also not particularly in fashion nowadays, but whenever I serve it..it is incredibly received with real pleasure, and becomes quite a talking point!

It really is a favourite good old fashioned pudding /cake , comfort food at its very best,taking you for an enjoyable  stroll down memory lane with its fruity, spicy, moist deliciousness ..

It makes use of dry, slightly past its best bread, ,moistened, then pumped full of flavour with dark muscovado sugar, dried fruits with peel and cherries, suet, ( vegetable suet or margarine/butter can be used instead ) mixed spice, marmalade,country eggs..and if you’re feeling indulgent a splash of whisky or Brandy goes well..

Recipe

approx 1.lb bread… 3/4 to 1 sliced loaf white bread  …       Soaked bread …in water then water squeezed out and bread mashed down in to a pulp.
8oz   Suet
8oz  Brown sugar…Muscovado dark
 1 1/2 lbMixed dried fruit  ( whatever is your preference. Peel,cherries, apricot,pineapple ,sultanas,raisins etc etc..a good mix.)
I use about 4 teaspoons of   mixed spice…again depends on personal preference.
 2 or 3 big spoon of marmalade
splash of whisky or brandy ( optional )
Eggs to bind. probably about 3 or4 eggs well beaten before adding to mixture,
Mix all ingredients together..its quite gloopy..do’nt worry this is ok. Pour into a well greased dish and bake gently till cooked through. When warm sprinkle granulated white sugar on top.. When cool cut into portions
I use electric oven 150 degrees.. about 45 minutes to 55 minutes..depending on size of cake tin used..

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