Bread and Butter Pudding

18 Feb 2023

Bread and Butter Pudding is a traditional family favourite which is economical to make because it uses up old bread and can be cooked in a microwave. The pudding should be crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, and is delicious served with custard or reduced-fat crème fraîche.


25g unsaturated fat spread
4 slices white, wholemeal OR granary bread
50g currants, raisins, sultanas OR mixed dried fruit
25g sugar
1 x 5ml spoon grated nutmeg
300ml semi-skimmed milk
2 medium eggs


Weighing scales
Spreading knife
Ovenproof or microwave-safe serving dish (approx. 1 litre)
Chopping board
Bread knife
Measuring spoons
Measuring jug
Oven gloves
Pan stand


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan or gas mark 3, if you are not using the microwave.
  2. Use a little of the spread to grease the ovenproof dish and spread the rest on one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Cut the slices into quarters diagonally (to make triangle shapes).
  4. Arrange half of the bread across the base of the prepared dish.
  5. Sprinkle the dried fruit, half the sugar and the nutmeg over the bread.
  6. Arrange the remaining bread triangles, spread side up, on top of the fruit.
  7. Beat together the milk and eggs in a measuring jug and pour over the bread.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the pudding and leave to stand for 10 minutes to allow the bread to soak up the egg and milk mixture.
  9. Microwave for 4½ minutes on full power (timing based on an 800W microwave). Leave to stand for 2 minutes and check that the centre is set. If it is not, return to the microwave and cook for another minute and check again. Alternatively, bake the pudding in the oven for 30 minutes or until set and golden.

Skills used include:
Weighing, measuring, beating, spreading, microwaving and baking.

Top Tips

  • Make sure that the spread is suitable for baking.
  • When baked this pudding is crispy and delicious. The microwave version will be pale in colour, so if you’re using an ovenproof dish you can place it under the grill for a couple of minutes to give it a browned, crispy finish.
  • The timings for microwaving the pudding are based on an 800w microwave, so you may have to adjust the timings based on the wattage of your microwave.
  • Serve with our Proper Homemade Custard.

Something to try next time

  • If you don’t like dried fruit, replace it with two sliced bananas. Layer these between the slices
    of bread.
  • Instead of using nutmeg, add the grated zest of an orange to the milk and egg mixture.
  • Try making this using different types of bread: hot cross buns at Easter time, panettone at Christmas or for something really special, try using sliced croissant.

Prepare now, eat later

  • Bread and Butter Pudding is best eaten straight from the oven when it is crisp and delicious.