Bread pudding (Zemlovka)

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4

From Hairy Bikers' Bakeation


  • 75g/2½ oz raisins
  • 100ml/3½fl oz cold tea
  • 3 apples or 3 pears or a mixture of both
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • 400ml/14fl oz full-fat milk
  • 125g/4½ oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g/3½ oz soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ large bread loaf, can be a bit stale (or brioche)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar crystals


  1. First put the raisins in a small bowl, add the cold tea and leave them to soak.

  2. Peel, core and slice the apples or pears and keep them fresh in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon juice.

  3. Grease a baking dish and preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  4. Gently warm the milk in a saucepan, then add the butter and allow it to melt. Set the milk and butter aside to cool to lukewarm.

  5. Put the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla in a bowl and beat with an electric handwhisk until well combined. Whisk in the buttery milk.

  6. Tear the bread into pieces, keeping the crusts on or off depending on how posh you are, and layer them in the greased baking dish. Strain the raisins, discarding the tea, and scatter them over the bread, then top with the sliced fruit. Pour in the batter and sprinkle on brown sugar crystals.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until the pudding has set and has a golden crust on top.

  8. Serve with ice cream or custard, or try some soured cream for a change.

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