Have you ever been in the situation of having croissants in your bread bin slowly going stale over a couple of days and not wanting to simply discard them?
I was in this very dilemma recently so thought that the best option was to either:
(a) feed them to the birds
(b) make croissant bread and butter pudding.
I opted for (b)…………..sorry birds you’ll have to make do with normal bread crumbs!!
Lardy? Most definitely.
Decadent? Well just a little bit.
Healthy? We’ll just pass on that one shall we.
Bread and butter pudding is a much loved British dessert that we can all fondly (well for the most part!) remember eating as children. Today there are so many varieties of the dish to tempt and inspire. As well as stale bread or croissants you can also use brioche or panetonne – the possibilities are limitless. I stumbled across a rather interesting and amusing website called ‘The British Bread and Butter Pudding Appreciation Society’ when looking into the exact origins of the pudding. Do check it out here to find some interesting facts about the dish.
My daughters asked me to omit sultanas, which would normally be my go-to fruit of choice to put in the pudding, and asked for chocolate drops. The closest thing I could find in my pantry to little chocolate drops were giant chocolate buttons, so as a treat I scattered a few of these in the pudding. You can basically add any fruit to the mix – summer berries would be delicious and colourful or even blackberries in the late summer, early autumn. If you do end up using sultanas do remember to soak them first in warm water or the ones you scatter on the top will become hard and rather burnt.
I had a couple of almond croissants getting stale so added these with my regular croissants.
Croissant Bread and Butter Pudding
5 stale croissants, sliced into thin segments
3 eggs, whisked
400ml semi-skimmed milk
150ml double cream
2 tbsp caster sugar and an extra sprinkling to go on top
pinch of cinnamon powder
pinch of nutmeg
1 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
handful (or two!) of chocolate drops
1. Preheat an oven at 180 degrees (I use a fan oven). Slice the croissants evenly and line them in a greased ovenproof dish.
2. Whisk the eggs and then add the milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, melted butter, vanilla extract and some of the chocolate drops. Whisk/stir the ingredients into the eggs.
3. Pour the mixture over the croissants and leave for 10 minutes to let the mixture soak into the croissants.
4. Before putting in the oven scatter with a few extra chocolate drops , along with a sprinkling of extra caster sugar.
4. Place in the oven for 30 minutes and serve immediately.
Naughty but very very nice!