It’s often good to know which side your bread is buttered on – nobody wants an inside out sandwich, greasing up their fingers! And although, as an idiom, the phrase suggests using the ‘who’ rather than the ‘what’ you know to get by in life, I like to think of it as being good to those who are good to you. You know, not cutting off your nose to spite your face and other such life mantras!
What you should cut off though, is a large piece of this pudding, straightaway! I’ve always loved the comforting look of bread and butter pudding, all those raisins just begging me to eat them. I adore raisins, having gone an entire day before just drinking tea and snacking on (very large) handfuls of them – they’re fruit, it’s fine right?!
However, this classic (old fashioned?) dessert often gets a bit of a ‘meh’ reaction, probably because it creates too many memories of stodgy, dodgy school dinners! So I decided on a jazzed up version and gave it a grown up, ‘coming of age’ makeover. For this week’s Monday Munchies I present:
‘Terry’s’ Boozy BnB!
Terry’s BnB will delight as a traditional dessert, twisted with orange marmalade, gooey chocolate and for the booze? Well, whatever you fancy! I opted for Disaronno, because I had it in and like it. I guess, by rights, it should be Cointreau, to stay with the orangey theme, but brandy or whiskey would also work, as would omitting alcohol altogether.
I arranged whole pieces of a Terry’s chocolate orange on the top (bonus – half left to eat later!), but if you don’t like it / have it or can’t get hold of it (I’m unsure of distribution outside the UK), just opt for around 50g of dark chocolate chips or chunks. Once it’s baked, serve with cream or ice-cream. I know some people like it cold, but personally I find it much scrummier when it’s warming the insides!
Next week, it’s the return of the Monday Munchie’s Tea Party, so if you have recipes to share and would like them including, email me the details or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until then, I hope you enjoy your time in the Boozy BnB – Paddington’s sarnies never tasted so good!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: (serves 4)
- 8 slices of white bread (crusts removed).
- 150ml milk.
- 200ml double cream.
- 50g light brown sugar (extra for sprinkling).
- Tbsp cocoa powder.
- 2 eggs.
- 50g raisins.
- 1/3 chocolate orange (or 50g dark choc chips / chunks)
- Alcohol for soaking.
Soak the raisins in the alcohol for a few hours (or overnight). Drain before using. After removing crusts, generously butter one side of each slice. Next, turn over 4 slices and spread with marmalade. Put the remaining slices on top to create a sandwich, buttered sides out… (I know and after what I said about greasy fingers!). Cut each sandwich into four triangles and arrange in an oven-proof dish.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, cocoa and sugar. Pour this over the bread and allow to soak for at least 30mins. You can stop at this point, cover and refrigerate overnight if making ahead. After soaking, sprinkle over the raisins and chocolate (or arrange the chocolate ‘segments’ accordingly) and a little more sugar, then bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-40 mins on Gas Mark 4. Serve straightaway for maximum ‘noms’!