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Manchester Pudding Recipe

An old recipe, this is somewhat like a sweetened, flavoured bread pudding baked in a pie shell. Adapted from Mrs Beeton.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Bread, Desserts and Sweets
Servings 5 to 6


  • Grate some lemon rind; put into the milk and set aside for at least 1/2 hour for the milk to get a slightly lemony taste.
  • Make pastry crust; line a pie pan with it; put in fridge.
  • Separate 2 of the eggs; put the 2 yolks in a bowl and reserve the whites for another use. Add the two other whole eggs, beat with a fork. Add the soft butter, beat in. Beat in the brandy and sugar. Set aside.
  • After the milk has infused enough, tear the bread slices into bread crumbs and put in a pot. Pour the milk over the bread crumbs, put on the stove, bring to a boil, hold it there for 2 to 3 minutes stirring constantly, then remove from the heat.
  • Take the pie crust out of the fridge. Spread the bottom of it with a thick layer of the jam of your choice.
  • Mix the egg and brandy mixture into the milk and bread crumb mixture; pour into the pie shell.
  • Bake for an hour or until a knife comes out clean. Sprinkle the top with sugar, let cool and serve cold or at room temperature
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