Spiced apple bread & butter pudding
What’s not to love about this cosy autumn pudding? Richly spiced custard, crunchy, crisp buttery bread and soft sweet apple, this makes such a lovely change to the usual crumbles and pies that take centre stage once the cold weather sets in.
This is also a great recipe for using up any slightly stale bread, in fact it works even better with stale bread!
1 Bramley apple
175g French bread
1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
handful of raisins
2 tsp demerara sugar
Peel, core and slice the apple. Slice the bread and spread each slice with a little butter. Lightly grease a baking dish and arrange the bread and apple slices, butter side up, alternating and overlapping the slices. Scatter the raisins amongst the slices as you go. Whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, spices and vanilla until smooth and then carefully pour over the egg mixture. Leave the whole thing to soak and absorb some of the custard mixture for around 30 minutes.
Pre-heat your oven to 190°c. Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top to give the pudding a nice crunchy crust and bake it for 30-35 minutes until the custard is softly set. If the top gets too brown just cover it with a piece of foil. Leave to cool for five minutes before serving.