If you like mince pies and brandy then you will love this all so easy dessert. I have blogged 50 shades of Bread ‘n’ Butter before giving all sorts of delicious combinations to spice up this classic British pudding. The good folk from Clover gave me the chance to make something with their new Clover block which has been specially designed for cooking and were immediately sold on the idea of a Christmas Bread ‘n’ Butter Pudding.
White sliced bread, crusts removed
Evaporated Milk or whole milk
Jar of Good quality mincemeat
Brandy / Amaretto
Glace Cherries, chopped
Begin by liberally applying the clover block to the sliced bread on both sides.
Grease a oven proof dish. You can use a big one but I like to make little individual pots.
Cut the buttered into triangles suitable for the size of your dish. I find eights or sixteenths work for my individual pots but quarters is fine for a large dish.
Arrange a layer in the bottom of the dish.
Using a desert spoon liberally scatter caster sugar over the bread layer
Add a layer of mince meat and scatter over chopped dates and cherries. The quantities here are very forgiving so just go with what looks right.
Make up the Sauce by whisking 250ml evaporated milk, whole milk or a mix of the two with 1 egg, a tablespoon of Brandy or Amaretto and a dash of vanilla essence. If you are making a large dish then you will need 500ml or more, you don’t want to scrimp on the sauce or the finished pudding will be too dry.
Pour half the sauce mix over the pudding then repeat another layer as before and pour over the remaining sauce till all the bread is soaked and the liquid just coming up to the surface.
Bake in the oven at 180 degrees till bubbling and golden brown. This is approximately 15 minutes for mini individual puddings and up to 40 minutes for a large family size dish.
Making the Brandy Butter
Brandy butter is the perfect accompaniment to this Christmas Pudding. Simply whisk approximately one part Clover block to three parts icing sugar with a healthy splash of Brandy and chill.
Serve the pudding hot with the chilled brandy butter for a truly indulgent Christmas Treat!
The pudding can be made in advance and frozen. Defrost in the fridge overnight or in a microwave and reheat in the oven or microwave. I think I may have to make some of these up for our Christmas guests here at Coombe Mill this year.
My verdict on Clover Block
I am a real butter fan and didn’t honestly think my scrummy Bread and Butter pudding was going to work with Clover but I have to confess I really couldn’t taste the difference. The Clover block spreads straight from the fridge and works just like butter in cooking and baking as well as boasting 30% less saturated fat. Butter will be restricted to my toast and sandwiches from now on as Clover is the new butter in cooking! To find out more about Clover, have a chance to win prizes and see more great recipes follow the Clover facebook page
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