Bread and butter pudding doesn't have a very glamorous ring to it, but let me tell you, this pudding punches well above its weight. So much so that it was promoted to a Lune Lab dessert back in 2018.
As per the requirements for a Lune Lab dish, we didn't just serve up a scoop of pudding. We took a set slice of croissant pudding, fried it in beurre noisette, then coated it in vanilla sugar. It was served alongside house-made cultured cream and a blackberry compote.
Here I have given you the recipe for croissant "bread and butter" pudding (which is incredibly delicious as it is – serve to dinner guests with a scoop of best-quality vanilla ice-cream and you'll have them licking their plates clean). There are also a few variations, should you feel so inclined to try a little flavour twist to the base recipe.
- 6 day-old croissants
- 4 eggs
- 250g milk
- 250g thickened cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 30g caster sugar
- Grease a loaf tin and line with baking paper.
- Tear the croissants roughly and arrange the pieces in the loaf tin.
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla extract and sugar in a bowl to combine. Pour the egg mixture over the croissants and let stand for at least 1 hour, allowing the croissants to soak up the liquid.
- Preheat your oven to 160C fan-forced (180C conventional). Bake the pudding in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out clean.
- Leave to cool completely before turning out of the tin.
- Cut into thick slices and serve in a puddle of runny cream.
- Instead of tearing the croissants into rough chunks, cut the croissants into slices and spread with hazelnut spread before arranging in the loaf tin. Proceed as per the recipe above.
- For a Sicilian twist, as you are arranging the croissant pieces in the loaf tin, randomly distribute some ricotta and chopped dark chocolate among the croissant pieces. Add the grated zest of one orange to the egg mixture. Proceed as per the recipe above.
- Warm 2 tablespoons of rum gently in a small pan, remove from the heat and add 100g of raisins. Allow to soak for 1 hour. Scatter the rum-soaked raisins among the croissant pieces. Add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg to the egg mixture.