Delicious Irish Butter Pudding Recipe

Irish Butter Pudding Recipe

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Ratings (15)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
325 Calories
18g Fat
28g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 325
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 188mg 63%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 8g
Calcium 118mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Without any doubt, a bread and butter pudding recipe is one of the easiest and the cheapest of puddings to make and is such a great way use up any leftover slices of bread. The pudding is also so versatile as you can ring the changes by simply using brown bread, a brioche or even stale croissants or hot cross buns instead of regular bread and the easy bit; the method is the same whichever you use.

To create this Irish bread and butter pudding, there is a simple twist in the addition of a creamy, tasty, Irish liqueur, making this a perfect pudding for grown-ups (let the kids enjoy the traditional ones). It's certainly one to pull out on St Patrick's Day. 

The best Irish liqueur to use for this pud is ​Baileys which is an Irish whiskey and cream-based liqueur that also has many variations including a lovely orange flavor. 

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces butter (softened, plus extra for greasing)
  • 10 slices white bread (cut diagonally across)
  • 2 ounces golden raisins and sultanas (mixed)
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 fluid ounces milk
  • 2 fluid ounces heavy cream (or double cream)
  • 2 large free-range eggs
  • 1 ounce sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur (Bailey's works well)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oven 350 F/180C/Gas 4.

  3. Start with greasing a 2-pint baking dish.

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  4. Then using the remaining butter, spread on one side of each bread slice.

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  5. Make one layer of bread in the baking dish by overlapping each triangle of bread, butter-side up. 

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  6. Sprinkle the layer with the dried fruits, a little nutmeg, and cinnamon.

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  7. Repeat the layer until you fill the dish, or all the bread is used up. Finish with a light sprinkling of fruits.

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  8. In a small saucepan, gently heat the milk and cream, taking care not to boil the milk. It should be hot, but not scalding. 

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  9. Beat the eggs with 3/4 of the sugar and the vanilla.

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  10. Add the Irish liqueur or Baileys and whisk the mixture again. The eggs should be light, airy, and pale in color.

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  11. Slowly pour the milk over the eggs, while whisking the mixture continuously.

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  12. Slowly pour the milk and egg mixture over the bread.

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  13. Then, gently press the surface to help the bread soak up the liquid like a sponge. Leave the pudding to one side for half an hour. 

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  14. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the surface is golden brown and the pudding well-risen and the egg set.

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  15. Serve hot and enjoy!

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    Kitchen Note

  16. Bread and butter pudding reheats well covered with aluminum foil in a hot oven. Do not microwave. 

  17. The pudding is delicious when eaten cold, as well. Just try popping a piece in your lunch box.