Brioche and butter pudding


Geoffrey Smeddle updates this British favourite using leftover brioche and a zesty custard. Kids will adore this simple dessert and, as it’s a simple recipe originally created for the Sunday Herald, they’ll volunteer to help you make it again and again.

Type: Dessert

Serves: 8


  • 1 brioche loaf, sliced
  • 500ml of milk
  • 50g of white chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 dash of vanilla extract, or essence
  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g of raisins
  • 30g of butter, for greasing


Step 1.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4

Step 2.

To begin, grease a large baking dish with the butter


  • 30g of butter, for greasing
Step 3.

Pour the milk into a large pan and heat until almost simmering – keep stirring to ensure the milk does not burn. Add the white chocolate, orange zest and vanilla. Continue to gently heat and stir


  • 500ml of milk
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 dash of vanilla extract, or essence
  • 50g of white chocolate, broken into pieces
Step 4.

Meanwhile, whisk together the caster sugar and eggs in a large bowl until combined. Once the milk has started to simmer, pour 1/3 of the milk into the sugar and eggs and mix well


  • 50g of caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
Step 5.

Pour the milk, egg and sugar mixture into the pan with the hot milk. Continue to cook on a low heat, stirring continuously until a thin custard forms. Remove from the heat and continue to stir for 2 minutes

Step 6.

Arrange a layer of sliced brioche along the bottom of the greased baking dish, scatter over a handful of raisins. Repeat the process to make more layers and use up the remaining brioche and raisins


  • 150g of raisins
  • 1 brioche loaf, sliced
Step 7.

Carefully pour the custard onto the brioche so it soaks through and covers the bread. Leave to soak for 15 minutes

Step 8.

Place the brioche and butter pudding in the oven and cook for 40 minutes until the surface is golden brown and the custard is just cooked and has started to set

Step 9.

Remove the dish from the oven and divide into bowls


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