Mary Berry’s mother’s bread and butter pudding

A great family favourite as pudding to follow a weekend lunch. I have to admit, the recipe is not economical – just delicious! Ideally use a rectangular dish simply because the bread fits it better. If you are not keen on sultanas, just leave them out.

By Mary Berry
From The Mary Berry Story


  • 150g/5oz mixed sultanas and raisins
  • 75g/3oz caster sugar
  • 1 lemon or orange, finely grated zest
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 8 thin slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 100g/4oz butter, melted

For the custard

  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 300ml/½ pint double cream
  • 150ml/¼ pint milk
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar