Everyone has some secret behaviour that they don’t like to share with the world at large, lest it expose them as lazy or gluttonous or lord knows what else. I will confess: there are few things I like more on a Sunday than putting on my pyjamas at 7pm and settling down to a couple of dvds with obscene amounts of cake or pudding. Truth be told, if I could do that every night of my life I would probably be very happy indeed. And that is exactly how I devoured this seasonal take on bread and butter pudding, accompanied by a large glass of wine and entertainment from Studio Ghibli. Perfect.
Bun & Butter Pudding
Serves 8, taken from BBC GoodFood
300ml double cream
50g golden caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1.5 tsp vanilla essence
8 hot cross buns
40g butter, softened
100g marzipan, cubed
3 tbsp chunky marmalade
1. Warm the cream and milk in a pan over a gentle heat.
2. Whisk the eggs, sugar, spices and vanilla together with a fork in a large bowl.
3. Gradually beat in the creamy mixture.
4. Halve the buns and spread with the butter. Arrange the slices in a large ovenproof dish.
5. Dot with marzipan and brush with marmalade.
6. Pour over the cream mixture and set aside to soak for 15 minutes. Press the buns down into the custard as they soften. Preheat the oven to 170C.
7. Bake for 50 minutes until set, then stand for 10 minute to cool slightly before serving.