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Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

I just love bread and butter pudding. And we have some gorgeous panettone bread left over to use in the best way possible- this recipe is as good with brioche as with panettone.  And really if push comes to shove, it’s good with any old white batch loaf type- just remove the crusts. Sure you can’t make it ALL into breadcrumbs…. and using up leftovers is COOL these days.

Bread and Butter Pudding

 

Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

Ingredients:
8 thick slices panettone crusts, cut into 2.5cm cubes
50g butter, melted
300ml cream
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons dark rum (if desired)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
75g chocolate chips
2 tablespoons caster sugar
20g Icing Sugar
Method:

Bread and Butter Pudding

Beautifully light panettone bread

Preheat oven to 180oC. Place bread in large bowl. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons melted butter and toss. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet. Bake until bread begins to colour, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Cool. Brush your baking dish with 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Broken pieces of panettone tossed in melted butter

Heat the cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat until bubbling. Remove from heat. Whisk eggs and yolks in large bowl. Add rum, vanilla, and salt; gradually whisk in warm cream. Stir in bread cubes. Let soak 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Soaking in the egg custard

Mix chocolate chips into custard mixture. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake until puffed and set in centre, about 35 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm, with some freshly whipped cream. Divine.

Bread and Butter Pudding

Best to get the photo before it disappears!

The longest day

Oh wait, that’s not until June.  Anyway, its been pretty long!  I volunteered to help at a pop up/ slow food event at the cookery school this evening, and am just crawling into bed (and typing).

We had yesterday off to make a long weekend, which was great as I got to pop into the “real” job for a while, and also create my dessert for the St Patrick’s day competition.

Lime, white chocolate, and mango mousse

Lime, white chocolate, and mango mousse

I also made a “stout” cake, with Murphy’s this time round, as sure when in Rome and all that.  The decoration didn’t quite get finished, and it looked a little like I had blended a relation of Shreks, but it did taste good.

 

A rather luminous green iced stout cake

A rather luminous green iced stout cake

We laid the tables throughout the afternoon, after cooking in the kitchen this morning.  My corned beef went down a treat, and my Gran would have been proud.

 

Corned beef and cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage

I’m not sure if the vol au vents are really traditional, but they were delicious.

Apple and Sweet Geranium Vol au Vonts

Apple and Sweet Geranium Vol au Vents

The tables were all re-arranged, and looked really beautiful, especially with Pam’s little touches of shamrocks, and coloured water which the candles floated in.

 

The long table, looking out into the fields

The long table, looking out into the fields

Close up of the tables

Close up of the tables

It was especially great to share the day with Nigel and Jordan, I miss my family alot, and am grateful to my new friends I’ve made here who keep me sane (and in coffee).

Getting into the spirit

Getting into the spirit

Credit must go to the guys who worked through the weekend in the kitchen.  And the quality of the food delivered reminded me very much of a Michael Pollan”ism” from his excellent book “Food Rules”.

Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature.

Well, we certainly served food that ticked those boxes tonight, except maybe for my icing.  Maybe.

 

 

 

Food Photography

I think, for me, good food photography is nearly better than seeing food “in the flesh” so to speak, it’s what draws you in…  I came across this blog post this morning, and was fairly wowed by the food photos, check it out..

http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/best-food-photography-creative-artists?customer_ID=12625585&campaign_ID=shutters.10158325&launch_ID=10094705&utm_source=sstkemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SS_20141104_Content_Marketing_EN

My plan of action this evening is to track them down on instagram.