A traditional classic British dessert. I’m not sure how well known this dish is outside of the UK, but for anyone who isn’t familiar, imagine French toast turned into a dessert, and you’re half way there. This is proper winter comfort eating.
There are many variations of the recipe, but I really like this simple no-frills version. The recipe I’ve used here is pretty much this one from allrecipes, except I’ve used muscovado sugar and I’ve added vanilla which isn’t in the original – I have a bit of a thing for vanilla; as far as I’m concerned there aren’t many desserts or sweet baked goods that are not enhanced by the addition of vanilla.
The original recipe says that it serves 7. We got through it in 4 servings – make of that what you will!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 5 slices of bread (I used a standard white sliced loaf)
– Butter for spreading
– 1/2 cup (100g) light muscovado sugar (you can use white sugar if that’s all you have)
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 3/4 cup (130g) sultanas
– 500ml milk
– 2 large eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Preheat oven to 190C/370F.
2. Lightly grease a baking dish.
3. Butter the slices of bread and cut into quarters.
4. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and sultanas.
5. Layer the bread in the dish in three layers, butter side upwards, adding the sugar/sultana mix on top of each of the three layers.
6. Whisk the milk, egg and vanilla together until well combined.
7. Pour carefully over the bread and leave to absorb for at least 10 minutes. Press the bread down a bit if it doesn’t seem to be properly in the liquid. I’ve made this recipe twice, and both times I left it for a couple of hours in the fridge before baking, just for the convenience of wanting to prepare it ahead of time.
8. Bake in the oven for at least 35 minutes until the top is lovely and golden brown and crispy.
This is best served hot out of the oven (although you can cool and refrigerate it to eat cold, or reheat in microwave, but really it is far better eaten freshly made). I like it served with thick pouring cream.