Old-fashioned bread pud

Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2010, #RealBreadWeek is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and the people who make it.

To encourage you to bake at home, with your family or friends, we thought we’d share one of our favourite bread and butter recipes with you. It’s taken from the book Just Like Mum Used to Make: Classic Recipes (available in the farm shop).

You’ll find everything you need to make it in the farm shop, alongside plenty of delicious #RealBread.


225g stale white or brown bread, with the crusts removed
330ml milk
2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
50g melted butter
50g soft brown sugar
2 level teaspoons mixed spice
1 egg, beaten
175g mixed dried fruit
zest of 1 lemon
zest of ½ orange
freshly grated nutmeg
caster sugar for sprinkling


Break the bread into small pieces and put in a mixing bowl. Pour over the milk and brandy, if using, stir well and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Add the melted butter, sugar, spice and egg then, using a fork, beat out any lumps.

Stir into the dried fruit and grated lemon and orange zest, then turn the mixture into a buttered 1.2 litre ovenproof dish. Grate a little fresh nutmeg over the top.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours, until nicely brown on top.

Serve hot, sprinkled with caster sugar, and with custard.

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