A Pudding to Die for!

Clover Block

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.

Christmas Bread 'n' Butter Pudding


IngredientsChristmas B'n'B Pudding ingredients

White sliced bread, crusts removed

Clover Block

Evaporated Milk or whole milk

Caster sugar

Jar of Good quality mincemeat

An egg

Brandy / Amaretto

Glace Cherries, chopped

Dates, chopped

Icing sugar


Step 1

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.

Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation


Step 2

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.


Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation


Step 3

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.  


Coombe Mill Christmas Bread 'n'Butter Pudding preparation


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.


Brandy Butter


To Serve

Serve the pudding hot with the chilled brandy butter for a truly indulgent Christmas Treat!

Christmas Bread 'n' butter pudding to die for!


Chef’s Tip

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 


This is a Sponsored post but the recipe and opinions are my own.

I am linking with Yellow Days festive food hop, do have alook at some of the other ideas here for Christmas cooking or gifts.

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6True Talent

I have been lucky enough to be able to review the most delightful new children’s story book “Ted Needs Some Space” from the amazing illustrator Tim Stead. If you haven’t heard of his work before then do take a ganter over his web site. Tim is a family man living in Cumbria with is wife and 2 year old son. He has created 4 children’s books, they are highly illustrative and light hearted and perfect for preschool and infant school aged children. The 1st of his books is now in print at his on line shop together with posters from the book. My copy is available for our holiday guests to borrow in our Coombe Mill reception library.  


Ted Needs Some Space

Tim also has very reasonable prices for a variety of commission work, he is doing some work for Coombe Mill and I am delighted with the results, a real talent just being discovered. Here is just a sneak preview of what he has created for me, anyone who knows the farm or is familiar with our web site will see just how well Tim has captured Coombe Mill.

Coombemill Illustration by Tim Stead


About Ted Needs Some Space

This is a beautiful story of a Ted who is struggling for space amongst all the toys in a child’s bed, he so wants some space, and so creates just that taking off into outer space. His wonderful adventure is marred by not having his friends to share in his excitement and so he returns happy to share his adventures and his bed with them again. I could relate to the story, as a couple of my children have struggled for bed space over the years amidst the pile of Teddies, and even now whilst no longer on the bed they still compete for space on the chair or shelf! 

Children's BedroomChildren's Bedroom

The book is currently on offer at £4.99, or £5.99 signed, including post and packing in the UK from Tim’s online shop. You really can’t go wrong for a stocking filler or a friend’s birthday present. What’s more, for every book purchased Tim is donating £1 to Chin Up a local charity in Cumbria providing respite care and breaks for families with a terminally ill child. 

Clio my 8 year old book worm gave her Teddies the chance to hear the story: 

You can read Tim’s other books yourself on line at his web site.  

Win a Book and Poster Here:

I have a signed copy of Ted needs Some Space worth £5.99 AND an accompanying signed A3 poster worth £15 to give away here on the blog. They would make a perfect Christmas present for a special little person so do have a go. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying why you’d like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning:

‘Like’ Timsteadillustration and Coombemill on Facebook and leave ONE separate comment here to say you have done so with your facebook name.

For an additional entry, follow  and Coombemill on Twitter and leave ONE extra comment here with your twitter name.

For one final entry, please tweet the following sentence and leave another comment to say you have done so:

I’ve entered to win the delightful children’s book & poster from @steady333 & @coombemill http://bit.ly/XUBJgp Why don’t you? Pls RT

The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 10th December at midnight with the winner announced the following morning. Good luck to all taking part.


Disclosure: I was given my copy of Ted Needs Space to review for this competition and keep for our holiday visitors to use.  However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

This Competition is now closed. The Winner is Pink Oddy as selected by RandomOrg.com  

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Cardinham Woods 

7 children, 1 dog and 2 Mums, a recipe for fun in the woods! We left the Dads working on the building site at Coombe Mill and set off for Cardinham Woods. Not a popular move at first with complaints of ” but we have woods here Mum” but I had been given a discovery pass from the Forestry Commission and was keen to visit as my friend has guest posted about it before as one of their favourite family days out. Needless to say our children had a wonderful time creating plenty of adventures which were further embellished on their return.


The car parking is ample and cheap at £2 per vehicle (or free for 1 named vehicle with a discovery pass) and signage from the main roads made it very easy to find. Just off the car park are toilets, a gorgeous cottage tea room with delicious looking food and a roaring log fire. I was impressed right from the start.

Facilities at Cardinham Woods

Seven Go On An Adventure

We were sent information leaflets and bags with our pass to encourage the children to collect and identify the trees and foot prints along the walk.


Signs and activities to inspire Kids


Living on a 30 acre wooded farm I didn’t think my children would be interested in doing this, but actually they loved hunting for the tree leaves and took it all very seriously, or perhaps that was just the excuse to abandon the Mums, and go “off piste” along the lesser know paths on their own adventure leaving Benji the dog unsure who to follow!


7 Go On An Adventure


The trails are in fact all clearly marked up with distances and difficulty with the flatter ones being wheelchair and buggy friendly. Scenic picnic stops with bench tables are located along the way making it easy to stop and just take in the stunning scenery. The clearly marked paths did help our young explorers find their way back when their ‘short cut’ in search of the missing birch leaf and rabbit print had them quite lost! Then it wouldn’t have been an adventure if they didn’t lose us grownups!  


Wide paths and picnic tables at Cardinham Woods


By the time we all met up back at the car park the light was fading fast and we were pleased to see them all back safely. My friend and her daughter headed home; they had one filthy long haired quite exhausted dog to clean up, while mine headed over to play in the dark on the now deserted play area. All the equipment is wooden and tastefully carved into animals, another idea to add to my long list for Coombe Mill! 



Play Area at Cardinham Woods

If you fancy checking out your nearest Forestry Commission woods, they have a handy app for i-phone or android free to download as well as the website. The woods are free for everyone (just car parking to pay without a pass) and make for a healthy fun day out for children from babies to teenagers.  

Inspired to craft

Back at home the children emptied their haul of forest goodies on to the table and spent all evening creating from a leaf identification table to fir cone animals, leaf pictures and finally I made them up some flour and water dough to make modelling clay for 3D animals! I was thrilled with their interest and creativity and they were happy to create and rest their tired legs.


Woodland Crafts

Joining In with Country Kids

How have you been enjoying the outdoors with the children this week? Please grab the badge and come and join me on the linky. From the garden to the park and beyond, rosy cheeks and a healthy glow is what Country Kids is all about.  The Linky is open each week from Saturday to Thursday.

Whilst linking here you might also like to pop over this week to Thinly Spread where your Country Kids post will also make a great entry for Christine’s Festive Friday Back to Basics Photo competition.


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill