Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat bread and butter pudding any other way again.
What is bread and butter pudding?
Bread and butter pudding is a traditional British dessert. It is layers of buttered bread usually scattered with raisins and covered in an egg custard.
This is then baked in the oven with the top getting slightly crisp and the underneath deliciously gooey and creamy.
It is such a well known and loved recipe here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tweaked!
The difference between bread and butter pudding and bread pudding is that the bread is buttered with bread and butter pudding. Normally bread pudding is cubed bread soaked in a custard mixture and may not include fruit.
What is Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding is a traditional British pudding typically served as dessert on Christmas Day.
Dating back to Victorian times, Christmas Pudding is packed with dried fruits, sugar, spices and alcohol. It is then steamed and stored in a dark place until Christmas Day. It is then steamed again before serving.
Obviously you can buy all sorts of different Christmas puddings from the supermarkets which you can handily heat in the microwave.
Creating Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding
This recipe is one of my absolute favourites that my Mum made every New Year’s Day. She’d made her delicious Honey Glazed Ham followed by this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding. It was definitely a meal we all loo forward to all year.
She found the inspiration for this recipe in a Sainsbury’s Magazine years ago and tweaked the recipe from the original Panettone version to be the one we know and love today using brioche, Cointreau and orange zest.
Which brioche is best to use?
I use a brioche loaf that you can buy in most large supermarkets for this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding.
If you can’t find the loaf, most supermarkets also sell the small snack sized loaves which you could use.
I would avoid the chocolate chip brioches unless you are using a chocolate Christmas pudding (they do exist!).
Which Christmas Pudding is recommended?
There are so many different Christmas puddings out there these days. Lots of slightly different flavourings and sizes.
Pick whichever one appeals to you. Personally, I prefer to pick a Christmas pudding that doesn’t have nuts in it even though I do like nuts. So it really us about personal preference.
Either homemade or shop bought Christmas puddings would work for this bread and butter pudding.
Christmas Pudding isn’t my favourite
Apart from my Dad, none of my family are big fans of Christmas pudding. We rarely eat it on Christmas Day, or the days after. But we all love this bread and butter pudding.
This definitely is the best way to eat Christmas pudding. The soft, sweet brioche and the orange flavours really compliment the Christmas pudding and make it far more exciting than just eating Christmas pudding by itself.
I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you’re not the biggest fan of Christmas Pudding. I really think you will like it.
Adding lots of orange flavour
Orange is such a festive flavour to me and it works so well in this Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding.
The orange zest is a fantastic way of adding a lovely hit of orange flavour. The Cointreau is a lovely festive addition that also enhances the orange flavour.
If you didn’t want to use Cointreau then you could either leave it out or use orange juice instead.
Bread & Butter pudding leftovers
I have been known on more than one occasion to eat any leftovers for breakfast the next day. At Christmas you can get away with eating pretty much anything for breakfast so I take full advantage of this.
You can heat it up again in the oven or just use the microwave which is what I do. This still keeps the crispy bits of the brioche crisp.
This Bread & Butter Pudding will keep for 2 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Can this be made gluten free?
Yes it can be. You only need to make a few swaps to make this Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding gluten free.
Firstly make sure you buy a gluten free Christmas Pudding. And then use gluten free brioche. These might be rolls, but this is fine because you are cutting it into chunks anyway.
How to serve this Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding
My preferred way of serving this is with lots of double cream; and I mean lot of. Double cream is a glorious thing and should never be used sparingly in my opinion!
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Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding
Soft delicious custard soaked brioche with tasty Christmas Pudding with crispy edges. Once you have eaten this Brioche & Christmas Pudding Bread & Butter Pudding, you will struggle to eat it any other way again.
- 225 g brioche
- 450 g Christmas pudding
- 75 g unsalted butter melted
- 2 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 40 g caster sugar
- 225 ml milk
- 150 ml double cream
- Zest of one orange
- 2 tbsp Cointreau
- Pinch of salt
- Icing sugar for dusting
Cut the Christmas pudding into roughly 2cm chunks. Add to a microwaveable bowl and heat for one minute to soften the pudding
Brush the inside of an ovenproof dish (with a capacity of 3 pints) with some of the melted butter
Cut the brioche into roughly the same sized pieces as the Christmas pudding and add both to the buttered dish
Spoon the remaining butter over the brioche only
Beat together the eggs, extra yolks and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add the cream, milk, orange zest, Cointreau and salt and mix to combine
Pour the liquid mix over dish and allow to soak for 15 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan assisted). Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until it is just set and a lovely brown colour
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before dusting with icing sugar and serving
Keep the pudding in the fridge for 2 days. Reheat in the microwave until piping hot.
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and may vary.