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Queen of Puddings - a Great Stale Bread Recipe

Queen of Puddings is a Great British Pudding! Delicious.

Queen of Puddings is a Great British Pudding! Delicious.

Queen of Puddings is a great British pudding

This is the Queen of stale bread recipes and an excellent alternative to the traditonal bread pudding. Transform your old bread into a delicious dessert with this easy recipe, reduce waste and save money with this budget-friendly frugal recipe.

Having lived in ourBed and Breakfast in Limousin, France for seven years now, I'm only too aware of the pride the French have in their cuisine but even they concede that the British are great when it comes to making puddings. I think that the old-fashioned puds are often the best.

These days it is becoming less and less acceptable to waste food and this is an excellent way to use up old bread helping you to become a 'greener' cook. The Queen of Puddings is one of the tops because it's hard, or near impossible, to imagine that such lowly and cheap ingredients as stale bread, milk, a couple of eggs, a sniff of lemon, a scrape of jam and a spoon of sugar can be transformed into something so attractive to look at and so sublimely gorgeous to eat.

It really is a culinary fairy story; your old stale bread is going to be transformed into a beautiful queen before your very eyes! If you haven't already made this dish, you really must try it out!

IWhat you need to make Queen of Puddings

IWhat you need to make Queen of Puddings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint (570 ml) milk (you can use rice or soya milk)
  • About 4oz Fresh or stale bread cubed or made into bread crumbs
  • ½ oz (10g) butter or 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 oz or 50g golden caster sugar (I have reduced the sugar right down as I find the old recipes too sweet. If you have a sweet tooth, double the sugar)
  • Grated rind from one lemon
  • 3 table spoons of jam*
  • 2 large eggs

* Raspberry, strawberry, apricot work well, but I used our own home made peach jam and it was excellent!

You will also need

  • An oven proof dish about1.5 litres with sides about 10 cm high (I tried to make this pudding in a deep flan dish and it didn't work very well!). Grease the dish with butter or oil.
Dice the bread and grate the lemon zest.

Dice the bread and grate the lemon zest.

Separate the eggs carefully ensuring that no yolk gets into the egg whites

Separate the eggs carefully ensuring that no yolk gets into the egg whites

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 180° or 360°F
  • Bring the milk to the boil.
  • Meanwhile, dice the bread into half-centimeter cubes, or make into breadcrumbs. I leave on the crusts - why waste good food? I you prefer, though, you can cut the crusts off.
  • When the milk has boiled, remove from the heat and mix in the bread, half of the sugar, the grated lemon rind, and then leave to soak for about half an hour while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Separate the eggs carefully. It is important not to get any egg yolk into the egg whites (not to mention eggshell) because the eggs won't whisk up if yolk is present.
  • Add the egg yolks, lightly whisked, to the bread and milk mixture, pour into the oven proof dish and bake for about 45 minutes until it is just set.
  • While the base is cooking, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until it forms stiff peaks when lifted up with the whisk. You can use a hand whisk, but this is very hard work and and electric whisk is so much easier. Then whisk in about half of the sugar.
  • When the base is ready, take it out of the oven and spread the jam over the top of the bread mixture. Spoon the egg white mixture over the jam and bread base. Sprinkle with the last of the sugar and bake until the topping is a nice, golden brown.
Whisk the egg whites

Whisk the egg whites

An electric whisk makes whisking the egg whites so easy

Add the jam, whisk the egg whites and bake

Put the bread mixture into a deep dish and spoon over a thin layer of jam

Put the bread mixture into a deep dish and spoon over a thin layer of jam

Spoon over the egg whites and sprinkle with sugar

Spoon over the egg whites and sprinkle with sugar

The pudding is cooked when the top turns golden brown and slightly crispy

The pudding is cooked when the top turns golden brown and slightly crispy

This pudding can be served alone it is so moist and delicious

This pudding can be served alone it is so moist and delicious

How to Serve Queen of Puddings

This pudding is so light and moist that you don't need to serve it with anything else; I can't think of any topping that would improve it! You could serve it though with custard, cream or ice cream.

Mine is served on a flat Limoges porcelain plate decorated with pretty sugared flowers that I made myself. These edible sugared flowers are easy to make, if a bit time-consuming, but they do last for quite a while so you can make them in advance and store them. They are so decorative and very special - why not take at look at how to make them?

Sugared Flowers make a great decoration for cakes and puddings

Decorate the plate with sugared flowers

Decorate the plate with sugared flowers

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Do you think this really is the Queen of Puddings?

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on August 10, 2011:

I'm so pleased it worked out for you FanUSA. Unbelievably good considering the humble ingredients. Do send pics of any of the recipes if you'd like to.

FanUSA on August 09, 2011:

We made the "Queen of Puddings" today and it was absolutely delicious. I will be checking out more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on August 08, 2011:

Hi Fan USA. I'd love to know how you like it. Thanks for dropping by.

FanUSA on August 08, 2011:

Thanks for a great recipe. Can't wait to try it out (actually giving it to my husband to make as he is the better cook in the family).

Lady_E on August 02, 2010:

Sure looks yummy Les Trois Chenes.

I would love to try out the Recipe. Thanks.

Les Trois Chenes (author) from Videix, Limousin, South West France on June 29, 2010:

Many thanks Frenchholiday and billyaustindillon for your comments. Let me know if you make the pudding.

billyaustindillon on June 21, 2010:

This looks delicious - you have set out the recipe in a wonderful easy to follow pattern. I can't wait to get to trying this recipe. I don't recall ever trying the Queen of Puddings either. So a whole new experience for me.

Frenchholiday on June 20, 2010:

Love the Queen of Puddings recipe! It takes me right back to my childhood. I had remembered bread and butter pudding, with is excellent with french bread, but Queen of Puddings I had quite forgotten. Thank you for posting it.

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