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This traditional recipe for bread and butter pudding is a delicious dessert from Great Britain best known for using up leftover bread crusts so none goes to waste.
Thus, bread pudding is a traditional sweet that is frugal as well as delicious! It easily uses up all the bread crusts from several loaves that can stack up fast especially in families with children.
When you spend nearly $10 per loaf for excellent quality sourdough or sprouted bread, you don’t want to waste a single slice! Even when time is taken to make these quality loaves yourself, wasting even a bit is very distasteful – particularly for a Traditional Cook!
Homemade Bread and Butter Pudding
My husband whipped up this traditional bread and butter pudding recipe for family movie night. A working class, British treat, it is very similar to bread pudding, but different in that a sauce is typically served with it. His mother made it for the family frequently while he was growing up. It is a family favorite that easily passes generation to generation due to its brilliant frugality and unmatched flavor.
I recommend avoiding whipped honey butter for this recipe, by the way. The reason is that these butter tub spreads typically are blended with margarine or have other undesirable additives. Just use a plain stick of butter!
For the topping, my husband made a lemon sauce to drizzle over the top after the pudding was baked and crispy on top which proved to be absolutely divine. A white sauce is also delicious if preferred to the more sour lemon. You could even spoon homemade vanilla pudding on top as yet another variation.
Homemade Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
Traditional recipe for bread and butter pudding with a zesty lemon sauce that brings out the flavor and lends a delectable and mild sweet/sour tang to this hearty dessert.
- 15-20 sourdough or sprouted bread crusts
- 2 eggs preferably pastured or free range
- 2 Tbl sucanat
- 1-2 bananas very ripe
- 1/2 cup blueberries or raisins
- 3 cups grassfed milk
- grassfed butter
- 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup sucanat
- 3/4 cup filtered water
- 2 Tbl arrowroot powder
- 2 Tbl grassfed butter
Bread and Butter Pudding
Heavily butter one side of each bread crust.
Mash bananas with a fork in a bowl.
Stack all bread crusts except for 4 pieces butter side down in a glass casserole dish. The bread should stack 3 layers deep. If it doesn't, use a smaller sized dish.
Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the milk and sucanat and mix well.
Pour egg/milk mixture over the stacked bread in the casserole dish until just covered with liquid.
Place mashed bananas and raisins or blueberries on the top of the soaked bread and gently fork the fruit through until evenly distributed.
Place the 4 reserved bread crusts on top of the soaked bread and fruit - butter side up. Sprinkle the butter side up bread crusts with a small amount of additional sucanat.
Bake bread and butter pudding at 350 F/177 C for 90 minutes and until brown and crispy on top.
Grate the rind of one lemon very finely.
Juice the grated lemon plus the other lemon and set aside. Saute the grated lemon rind in butter for 3 minutes.
Add sugar with a very small amount of water to the rind mixture until it dissolves while still sauteing the rind. In a cup, mix the water and arrowroot and mix well ensuring there are no lumps.
Pour water/arrowroot mixture into the pan with the rind/sugar and keep stirring until it begins to simmer and slightly thickens. Add the juice of 1-2 lemons, stir and remove from heat.
Serve sauce immediately drizzled on bowls of the cooked bread and butter pudding.
Do not substitute honey for the sucanat as cooking with honey is unhealthy and should be avoided.
Date syrup, maple syrup, or coconut sugar may be used in place of sucanat if desired.
If you don't care for lemon sauce, try this recipe for white sauce instead.
More Healthy Pudding Recipes
Another dish that uses up bread crusts is sourdough French toast casserole, a family favorite.
Love this bread and butter pudding recipe? More pudding ideas are listed below made only with whole, natural ingredients.
I’ve made this recipe before when you posted it some years ago. Thanks for the reminder to make it again. My family loves it! I also love how you’ve got the recipe printable now 🙂
I don’t see the problem with this recipe at all, as I will be using Ezeliel 4:9 bread. And as for cholesterol, bring it on!
Really informative blog post.Really thank you! Really Cool.
Katie Henry via Facebook
This looks AMAZING! Can’t wait to try it!
This is not a healthy dessert, is high in cholesterol, and should be consumed in moderation, if at all.
We eat very little bread in this household and so almost never have crusts sitting around. Could I just buy a loaf of sourdough bread and toast the slices and use that in place of the crusts?
We usually don’t eat sweets at all but this looks just too good to pass up.
Thanks for your answer.
haha yeah, I’m not waiting til I have enough crusts!!! I’ll buy a whole loaf just to make it LOL! and as for the previous comment about it not being healthy, this is actual FOOD, not processed, refined, and denatured rubbish. Think about it.
Lisa @ Real Food Digest
Thanks so much for sharing this at Real Food Holidays Blog Carnival!
The sauce itself has me drooling!