GIVE OLD BREAD NEW LIFE.
If you want to whip up a dessert without much $ or effort…or you simply didn’t check the expiry date of that loaf of bread at home, this recipe is for you! You can literally chuck in anything that’s been sitting around for too long in the cabinets, and you’ll still get a winning dish!
Traditional B&B puddings require you to butter the breads, but you can skip this step entirely.
I added some mint dark chocolate I had lying around for this batch, and it was the best decision I made all week.
I used old croissants in the video, but you can use any bread lying around! More tips on the bread type in the Notes section.
5-6 slices of stale bread, cut to uniform chunks
3-5 tbsp sugar
A pinch of salt
- Butter the pan and preheat oven to 180ºC.
- In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar together.
- In another bowl, mix the milk, cream, mashed banana, cinnamon and salt together.
- Pour the milk mixture into the eggs and mix well. This creates the custard!
- Arrange the bread into a baking tin, and pour the custard over. Sprinkle over any chocolate/nuts, if using.
- Bake at 180ºC for 35-45 minutes or till the custard sets. Test by pulling it apart using two forks. You should not see any liquid.
- Let the pudding stand for 10 minutes before digging in!
- I used a 9 x 6.5″ baking pan
- If you don’t have stale bread at home, it’s completely fine to use fresh bread too.
- The sliced bread we get at the supermarkets don’t seem to work well for this dish. I find that buying a loaf of bread that you slice up works best here as you can control how thick you’d like the slices to be. To me, the thicker the better.
- The amount of sugar depends on what types of bread you use. 5 tablespoons would be good for plain bread, and you can scale down from here if you decide to use fancier breads which contain sugar on their own.
- All the add-ins are optional, and feel free to change them up! You may add other ingredients like: orange zest, raisins (soaked in brandy/rum!), cranberries, white chocolate chips, dollops of leftover cream cheese, crushed almonds/pecans/pistachios/etc, Nutella, peanut butter, or even booze (bourbon, rum, brandy, baileys) – can you tell I’m a Libra? I love options!
- You can also bake these in muffin tins or oven-safe bowls for a small portion!