Rusk Pudding Recipe

Rusk Pudding is a delicious and comforting dessert that has its roots in traditional British cuisine. This recipe showcases how leftover dry bread can be transformed into a delightful dessert, making it not only delicious but also economical.

The concept of using stale bread in puddings dates back to medieval times when this resourceful practice helped avoid food waste. Over the years, variations of bread pudding emerged, with different regions adding their own unique twists. Rusk Pudding gained popularity during the Victorian era as a simple and wholesome dessert.

One interesting fact about Rusk Pudding is that it was often served as a tea-time treat. The British tradition of afternoon tea became popular during the 19th century, and Rusk Pudding would often make an appearance on the tea table. It was enjoyed alongside a cup of tea, providing a comforting and indulgent experience.

Now, let's dive into the recipe for Rusk Pudding:

- 1 slice of Dry Bread
- 2 Eggs
- 1 oz. Sugar
- Half a Lemon
- 1 1/2 pints of Milk
- 1 tablespoonful Jam
- 1/2 tablespoonful Cornflour

Total Cost: 8 1/2 d.
Preparation Time: One Hour.


1. Start by preheating your oven to a moderate temperature. This will ensure that your Rusk Pudding bakes evenly and develops a beautiful golden color.

2. Take the slice of dry bread and cut it into small squares. It is important to use very stale bread for this recipe, as it will absorb the custard mixture and become moist and flavorful.

3. Spread the bread squares on a baking tray and place them in the preheated oven. Bake them until they turn a good golden color. This step will give the Rusk Pudding its distinctive texture and a slightly toasted flavor.

4. While the bread is toasting, take a pie dish and crack the eggs into it. Beat the eggs until they are well combined.

5. Add the sugar and grated rind of the half lemon into the beaten eggs. The lemon zest will impart a refreshing citrus aroma and enhance the overall flavor of the pudding.

6. Pour one pint of milk into the pie dish and mix all the ingredients together until well combined. This custard mixture will soak and envelop the toasted bread cubes, creating a creamy and delicious base for the pudding.

7. Once the custard mixture is well mixed, drop in the toasted rusks into the dish. Ensure that all the bread cubes are coated with the custard mixture, allowing them to absorb the flavors and soften.

8. Place the filled pie dish into a cool oven and bake it until the pudding becomes firm. The baking time may vary, but it usually takes around 30-40 minutes. The pudding is ready when the custard sets and the top becomes golden brown.

9. While the pudding is baking, prepare a layer of jam to be spread on top. Choose your favorite flavor of jam, such as strawberry or raspberry, to add a sweet and fruity element to the pudding. Once the pudding is firm, evenly spread the layer of jam on top.

10. In a separate saucepan, heat half a pint of milk until it reaches almost boiling point. In a separate bowl, mix the cornflour with a little lemon peel and sugar. Gradually pour the cornflour mixture into the hot milk, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.

11. Once the cornflour mixture has thickened to a smooth consistency, remove it from the heat and pour it over the jam layer on top of the pudding. This creamy and tangy lemon-infused sauce will add a delightful finishing touch to the rusk pudding.

12. Place the pudding back in the oven for a few minutes, allowing the sauce to heat through. This step is optional, but it adds a nice warmth to the pudding.

13. Finally, remove the Rusk Pudding from the oven and allow it to cool completely. The cooling process will allow the flavors to meld together and the custard to set. Once cooled, the pudding can be served and enjoyed.

Rusk Pudding is a delicious dessert that can be served on its own or with a dollop of fresh cream or custard. The combination of the crunchy toasted bread, creamy custard, tangy lemon, and sweet jam creates a harmony of textures and flavors.

In addition to Rusk Pudding, there are other similar recipes that utilize leftover bread. Bread and Butter Pudding is a classic British dessert that layers bread slices with butter and custard. It is baked until it forms a comforting and irresistible dessert. Another popular option is Bread Pudding, which incorporates dried fruits, spices, and a rich custard mixture to create a moist and flavorful pudding.

These bread-based desserts not only highlight the creativity in utilizing leftover ingredients but also offer a nostalgic taste of the past. So, the next time you have some stale bread on hand, try making Rusk Pudding or one of its counterparts for a delightful and economical dessert experience.



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