If you really want to show off to your guests, a gas gun or small propane torch can be used, with care, to glaze the top. If you don’t fancy using apricot jam as a glaze try marmalade or lemon curd instead. To make it even more delicious try making it with day-old croissants or brioche.
6 tbsp(3oz) Kerrygold Salted Butter, softened, extra for greasing
1 cup (8fl oz) milk
1 cup (8fl oz) cream
finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
6 tbsp caster sugar
9oz sliced white bread (about 9 slices)
½ cup (3oz) ready-to-eat dried prunes, finely chopped
½ cup (3oz) sultanas or raisins
good pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
4 tbsp apricot jam
pouring cream, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C), Gas mark 4 and lightly butter an ovenproof dish. Beat the eggs, milk and cream together in a large jug. Mix together the lemon rind and juice, vanilla seeds and sugar in a small bowl and then add to the egg mixture, beating lightly to combine.
2. Spread the slices of bread with the softened butter and cut off the crusts, then cut into triangles. Scatter half of the prunes and sultanas or raisins into the bottom of the buttered dish and arrange a layer of the bread triangles on top. Pour over half of the egg mixture, pressing it down gently, then repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients and sprinkle the nutmeg on top.
3. Place the dish into a large roasting tin and fill with warm water so that it comes three-quarters of the way up the dish. Carefully place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until just set.
4. Remove the bread and butter pudding from the water bath to a wire rack. Heat the apricot jam in a small pan and then brush the top of the pudding.
5. To serve, cut the bread and butter pudding into slices and arrange on plates with the pouring cream.