I’ve been wanting to do this Gluten Free Bread Pudding recipe for such a long time now but couldn’t find the handwritten recipe that my Nanny wrote out for me. I’d seen other recipes on blogs and Facebook threads but was adamant that it had to be Nanny’s recipe. I told my mum recently and she turned up this week with the recipe written in my Grandad’s handwriting. Nanny’s not been with us for a few years now but Grandad is still going strong at 93 years of age and he’s an inspiration!
Nanny’s recipe was not gluten free but I knew I could make it work. The suet I used was my own home made suet (simply rub lard and gluten free flour into breadcrumbs!) for the quantities to make this click here for my Gluten Free Dumpling made with homemade Suet.
I love this recipe so much, not just because its one of my favourite fruited bakes but because it's another of my Nanny's recipes that I've tweaked to be gluten free and dairy free. Her recipes were always so simple, no need for 100's of fancy ingredients, just the way it should be, honest, wholesome, family baking.
- 400 g Loaf of Gluten Free Bread I have also used gluten free Brioche but you'd need to find a dairy free version.
- 350 g Mixed Dried Fruit
- 100 g Dark Brown Sugar
- 100 g Gluten Free Suet
- 2 Eggs
- Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4
- Break the bread into pieces in a large bowl and cover with water.
- Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
At the same time soak your fruit in boiling water to make it plump up and add extra moisture into the final bake.
- Once the bread has soaked, drain over a sink and squash out as much water as possible.
To do this I tip the bread onto a clean teatowel and gather corners up. Twist the teatowel corners to squeeze as much water out of the soaked bread as possible. Get rid of any pent up aggression!
Tip the bread back into your large bowl and using your hands break into breadcrumbs (with GF bread this is really easy to do)
Drain the soaked fruit and add this and the sugar and gluten free suet to the bowl and get your hands into the mixture, squeezing the ingredients together until thoroughly combined, this is messy...but fun!
Tip mixture into a prepared oiled and lines 20x20cm square tin.
Smooth down and sprinkle granulated or demerera sugar over the top.
- Pop in the oven for 1.5 hours
- Allow to cool and cut into 9 squares
Different ways to serve my Gluten free Bread Pudding
I personally love to have my Bread Pudding cut into huge chunky squares, cold with a hot cup of tea. However, this is traditionally called a pudding so I can also vouch for how delicious it is with lashings of hot custard. As I cannot tolerate dairy I always make my own custard. Soya versions are lovely cold but I find that as soon as you heat them up they loose their thickness and turn into more of a thick custardy cream. This is why I always have a trusty tub of Birds Custard Powder in the cupboard and simply follow the instructions but sub the milk with soya milk. I find it works just fine and the rest of the family can’t tell the difference.
If you want to really pile on the extra fatty deliciousness you could also slice this and slather with butter (or in my case Pure sunflower spread). Blimey I’m craving this now, the woes of being a foodie blogger…off to the kitchen I go!
Other recipe ideas that could use my Gluten Free Suet
I’ve said above that I make my own Gluten Free Suet and the recipe can be found on my Gluten Free Dumplings post. I’ve also got a Beef Stew recipe to accompany the dumplings. But I think my next venture has to be Jam Roly Poly, I mean, it would be rude not too. One last recipe I have that includes my Gluten Free Suet in my popular Clootie Dumpling; an old Scottish recipe that’s traditionally made around Hogmannay and Christmas
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