This is a great traditional British recipe to use up stale (but not mouldy!) bread.
- 225g / 8oz Brown or white bread with the crusts cut off
- 275ml / 10fl oz Milk
- 50g / 2oz Melted butter
- 75g / 3oz Soft brown sugar
- 2 level teaspoons Mixed spice. I used pumpkin spice as mixed spice isn't available in Canada
- 175g / 6oz Mixed fruit (Currants, raisins, sultanas and candied peel). I used a bag of Safeway's Compliments "Five Fruit Medley", which contains raisins, currants, dried cranberries, dried blueberries and dried cherries. It's not traditional but worked very well. I also added some candied peel.
- 1 egg, beaten
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas mark 4.
Grease an 8" x 8" (20cm x 20cm) cake pan.
Break the bread into suitable sized pieces (about an inch square) into a mixing bowl.
Pour over the milk and give the mixture a good stir.
Leave for 30 minutes so the bread becomes well soaked with the milk.
Add the butter, sugar, spice and egg.
Use a fork to beat the mixture well, making sure there are no lumps.
Stir in the mixed fruit.
Put the mixture into the cake pan and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until golden brown.
The pudding can be served hot or cold.