ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD: WHISKEY-MARMALADE PUDDING

The humble bread and butter pudding dates back to the 11th century – and through the decades, it has witnessed several makeovers before landing on the dessert menu of every upscale British restaurant.

Initially, it was a frugal dish meant for rainy days, when you had little more than bread and butter in the larder. Since then, however, it has become synonymous with rich comfort food – and with the addition of chocolate, a decadent finish to a premium meal.

Let’s explore the next step in the journey – bread and butter pudding, topped off with marmalade and whiskey. Comprising four ingredients you can probably get straight from the pantry, this is a guilty pleasure you can make at short notice and serve at an impromptu dinner party with pride.

While the recipe (for 6 to 8 people) works well with most popular brews, we recommend The Famous Grouse – a unique Scotch whisky which gains a distinctive sweetness from being aged in sherry casks.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of white bread with the crusts removed – preferably slightly stale
  • 50 g of softened unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp and 4 tsp orange marmalade
  • 250 ml milk
  • 250 ml double cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp of The Famous Grouse (or any full-bodied whiskey)
  • 1 apple, roughly chopped
  • 30 g raisins
  • 60 ml of The Famous Grouse (or again a full-bodied whiskey)
  • OR
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • Add the apples, raisins, and whiskey in a small saucepan.
  • Bring to boil. Turn down the heat immediately
  • and leave to soak for a couple of hours (or if possible overnight)

The Process

Butter both sides of the bread.

Cover one side of four slices with a tablespoon of marmalade – add the remaining bread on top to make four marmalade sandwiches.

Cut the sandwiches diagonally into eight triangles; in a large baking dish, arrange them in compact rows.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla, and whiskey in a large glass bowl – pour the mixture over the bread. Let it soak for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 175 degree C (or 350 degrees F).Gently spread the remaining marmalade over the surface and cover with the topping (dust with icing sugar if you skipped this step).Keep in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Wait till slightly fluffy and golden – the bread will peek out from under the layers of custard.

Once out, let it cool for 30 minutes to an hour and serve.

A full-bodied blend, The Famous Grouse combines an oaky aroma (with a hint of citrus recalling marmalade) and a mature fruitiness on the tongue. The wholesome flavor profile is an ideal pairing for the creamy custard – with the crunch of toasty bread gracefully cutting through.


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