Combat Food Waste with Our Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe 

Written by Justin Thompson

Did you know that 20 million slices of bread are thrown away in the UK every day? Think of all the bacon butties that could’ve been made with them! But it makes sense, from cutting off the crusts to throwing away the loaf ends and tossing stale bread, it’s fair to say we’ve wasted our fair share of loaves. 

To help combat food waste, we’ve come up with a delicious and comforting bread and butter pudding recipe that uses up any extra bread you may have. Without further ado, let’s get baking!

What is bread and butter pudding?

You’re not going to want to let this delicious recipe slip through your butterfingers, so listen up! Bread and butter puddings are a classic British icon, up there with Sir David Attenborough, roasts, and Coronation Street. Famously made using dry stale bread, this sweet dish is a scrumptiously sustainably way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Bread and butter pudding recipe


  • – 60g softened, salted butter 
  • – 10 slices of white bread 
  • – 60g raisins 
  • – ½ lemon, zested 
  • – 350ml whole milk 
  • – 100ml double cream 
  • – 3 eggs 
  • – 60g sugar 
  • – 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • – ½ tbsp cinnamon 
  • – grated fresh nutmeg


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas 4). Lightly butter a medium baking dish with 10g of the butter. Spread the remaining butter generously over one side of the bread slices. Cut each slice into halves (preferably into triangles!). 
  1. 2. Place the bread slices buttered side up into the pan, with the bread slices overlapping a bit. Sprinkle with raisins and lemon zest. 
  1. 3. Heat the milk and cream together in a saucepan until it’s at a gentle simmer. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until thick. Then, slowly pour the hot milk and cream mixture into the eggs, whisking the entire time. Strain through a sieve into a jug, and then add the vanilla. Now you have custard! 
  1. 4. Pour the custard over the bread slices, making sure it soaks into all the pieces. Sprinkle sugar over the top and garnish with a bit of nutmeg. 
  1. 5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  1. 6. Let the pudding rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. 
  1. 7. The last step of this delightful bread and butter pudding recipe is to enjoy it. Time to tuck in!

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