Brioche bread and butter pudding with brandy soaked figs
This classic (often plain and stodgy) British dessert is given a luxurious makeover with brandy soaked figs and buttery brioche bread.
Yield (serves): 6
Prep time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 40 minutes
¾ cup (200 g) unsalted butter
3 free-range eggs, beaten
1 loaf ready-made brioche loaf - sliced
1 cup (200 g) Soft brown sugar
1 vanilla pod/bean
1 cup (150 g) Dried figs halved, soaked in brandy overnight
½ cup (100 g) caster sugar
2 ¼ cups (500 ml) Heavy/double cream
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
2. Butter the brioche slices generously then cut the slices in half diagonally to create triangles.
3. Grease a 12 inch x 8 inch ovenproof dish, and then sprinkle with a little brown sugar. Place the brioche slices into the dish so that they fit together snugly, layering until you have added all of the brioche.
4. Sprinkle over half of the brown sugar, then add the figs. Finish by sprinkling over the remaining brown sugar.
5. Place the cream into a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until just before boiling, then remove from the heat.
6. Place the beaten eggs and egg yolks into a large heatproof bowl. Gradually add the hot cream, whisking constantly.
7. Add the vanilla seeds and caster sugar and stir to mix well.
8. Carefully pour the cream mixture over the brioche slices, until the dish is almost full, and then leave to stand for at least 30 minutes.
9. Place the pudding dish into a large roasting tin, as deep as the pudding dish. And add hot water to the roasting tin until it is halfway up the sides of the pudding dish, then carefully place into the oven to bake for 40 minutes, or until the custard sets.
10. Serve warm with cream
Try using 150 g or 1 cup of chocolate chips at stage 3 instead of using figs for a delicious chocolate bread and butter pudding
Try spreading each slice of brioche generously with orange marmalade at stage 2 instead of using figs for a delicious tangy, orange bread and butter pudding.
Classic Wine: Port, Vins Doux Naturels Muscat or Grenache. Recioto Della Valpolicella.
New World: Botrytis Semillon (Australia)