Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding – a healthier alternative!

In association with a2 Milk

Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding - the healthier alternative! Fab Food 4 All
So Christmas is over, I hope you all had a great time and got through it without too much exhaustion (tell me it’s not just me)!! Today I’m bringing you my Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding made with a2 Milk. After the excesses of the festivities I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe that helps you to use up some of that leftover dried fruit, sherry and bread. No one wants to go cold turkey into healthy eating straight after Christmas so this comforting pud made with wholemeal bread is a great way to start heading in the right direction as it’s packed full of fibre, iron and protein. What’s more it’s totally delicious!

Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding - the healthier alternative! Fab Food 4 All

To make the dried fruits plump and juicy I soak them in sherry (you could use other alcohol like brandy too or water if you’re worried about very young kids). I picked up this tip when I worked briefly in catering in my early twenties but the bread and butter puddings we made were full of butter and double cream! For this Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding I have used non-dairy spread which works well with the a2 Milk. Some people find they get symptoms such as a bloating or cramps after drinking cow’s milk and this could be due to the a1 protein found in most milk (a2 protein is also present). a2 Milk doesn’t contain the a1 protein, just the a2 protein and comes from particular cows who produce this naturally. So despite the scientific sounding name there is nothing out of the ordinary about this milk, it’s just natural and delicious and kinder to tummies.

Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding - the healthier alternative! Fab Food 4 All

I do hope you try my Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding as it’s a great comforting winter pud. For more recipe ideas using a2 Milk you might like to check out the following:

Mince Pie Nice Cream – Celery & Cupcakes

Almond Butter Mango Overnight Oats – Recipes from a Pantry

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Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding
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Wholemeal Bread and Butter Pudding is a healthy and delicious comfort pudding!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Serves: 5-6
  • 80g dried fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
  • 4 tbsp sherry
  • 8 slices stale wholemeal bread
  • dairy free spread (for spreading)
  • 600 mls a2 Milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste/extract
  • 50g caster sugar
  1. Soak the dried fruit in the brandy or sherry until plump (overnight is good).
  2. Grease a large deep dish.
  3. Butter the slices of bread with the spread and cut into quarters.
  4. Whisk the eggs and then whisk in the milk, caster sugar and vanilla paste/extract.
  5. Dip each quarter slice of bread into the milk and with half the slices make a single overlapping layer in the base of the dish.
  6. Sprinkle on half the drained dried fruit.
  7. Make another layer of bread on top and sprinkle on the rest of the dried fruit tucking some in under the bread slices.
  8. Pour on the rest of the milk mixture and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  10. Bake on the bottom shelf of oven for 40 - 45 minutes until golden.

I’m linking up my Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding to Elizabeth’s No Waste Food Challenge as it uses up Christmas leftovers.

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Wholemeal Bread & Butter Pudding - the healthier alternative! Fab Food 4 All

NB: This recipe was commissioned by a2 Milk and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I dolove a good Bread and Butter Pudding and this looks as if it may be one

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Richard:-)

  2. Margaret gallagher

    Oh haven’t tied this pud with wholemeal before bet it’s delicious

    1. Camilla

      It really is Margaret:-)

  3. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    I love this dish. Even though this takes an hour, it is completely worth the time. Thank you Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Michelle;-)

  4. Adam

    This sounds very tasty.

  5. Gwen

    I love bread & butter pudding

  6. Elaine Garrett

    I love bread and butter pudding. Can’t wait to try out this healthier one

    1. Camilla

      Great Elaine, do let me know what you think;-)

  7. mandajane

    sheer heaven

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  8. Amy Fidler

    Love healthy alternative puddings x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Amy:-)

  9. Amy Fidler

    like this healthier alternative x

  10. Clare Webb

    I’ve passed this recipe on to my mum who loves making bread & butter pudding – will let you know how it turns out!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Clare:-)

  11. Helen Moulden

    This sounds delicious!

  12. Debbie Henderson

    Love the idea of this and yes lots of leftovers here after christmas!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Debbie, yes I still have marzipan too!

  13. Jeanette Davenport

    I must try this recipe it looks delicious and healthier 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanette, it really is:-)

  14. Darren Jeffrey

    I need it. To replace old equipment

  15. Tracy Drury

    that sounds amazing, makes me hungry looking at it

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it is really yummy:-)

  16. Tracey S Anderson

    Perfect Winter comfort food and healthy too … Bonus! 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Tracey:-)

  17. Sue Johnson

    Love this for my grandsons new uni house

    1. Camilla

      Yes a good thrifty pud for students:-)

  18. chris bull

    I’d love to win as I’m cooking more and more now and want as many pots and pans as possible 🙂

  19. Rich Tyler

    Looks yummy esp in cold winter nights 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes perfect comfort food for a winter’s night:-)

  20. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    This looks really tasty – I haven’t had bread and butter pudding in ages!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jess, it is really tasty:-)

  21. Elizabeth

    Mmm this sounds rather lovely! What is this leftover sherry you speak of though? lol! Just kidding – this is a great No Waste Food Challenge recipe, thank you for sharing! Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth and wishing you a very happy new year too:-)

  22. Riz

    Great idea using wholemeal bread for pudding! It looks delicious, I’ll definitely have to try it!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Riz, do let me know what you think:-)

  23. Richard Eldred Hawes

    It might be healthy but I think I will stick to my original recipe with butter and cream

    1. Camilla

      I cater for all tastes, maybe this one would have been more to your taste:-) https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/golden-syrup-clotted-cream-croissant-pudding/

  24. Choclette

    I haven’t made bread and butter pudding for years. I find it’s really hard to beat my mother’s – always made with wholemeal bread as are mine 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Time to re-acquaint yourself then:-)

  25. Mrs M

    I love the sound of it!

  26. Barbara

    This sounds quite Chrstmassy with fruit and the addition of sherry . i may try using Cointeau or Cherry brandy liquer

    1. Camilla

      Fab Barbara, I haven’t come across Cointreau since I was a kid and Sasha Distel was advertising it:-)

  27. Nadia

    Looks delicious 😀 great way to use up leftover dried fruit. I think bread & butter pudding was one of the first desserts I ever made. So easy and delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Nadia, I can’t remember making them at home but do remember making them when I worked in catering in my early twenties:-)

  28. Judy

    Do you have a conversion chart?

    1. Camilla

      No, what do you need converting as I may be able to help?

  29. Kavey

    That looks great – love brown bread ice cream so can imagine wholemeal works well in a bread pudding too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kavey, it really does work brilliantly:-)

  30. Linda @ Your Daily Food Choices

    We love a tasty bread pudding made with dried fruit plumped with brandy or sherry. Your recipe looks so delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Linda:-)

  31. A S,Edinburgh

    Looks beautiful! I love soaking dried fruit if I’m using it; rum is always a good one with raisins, too, if there’s any around.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes Rum would be great too:-)

  32. swathi

    I like wholemeal bread, never thought of making pudding with them. I will try it next time when i bake whole meal bread. you are right, adding lot of dry fruits make it more special treat.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Swathi, we love wholemeal bread here, it’m much tastier and better for you so a win/win:-)

  33. Tara

    Yum! Such a perfect winter pudding. I love that dish you used, so pretty. I hadn’t heard of a2 milk before. Wonderful product for those who experience discomfort.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Tara, yes a2 Milk is great for those who have problems with the a1 protein.

  34. Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon

    It’s good to ease into that healthier eating thing and this pudding looks like just the way to do it! Plenty of dried fruits, whole grain bread, and a2 milk. What a great combo!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Annemarie, yes while it’s still cold outside it’s hard not to have some comfort food!

  35. Jessy @ The Life Jolie

    This dessert looks delicious- I am all for comfort food like this when it comes to desserts!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jessy, it really is delicious:-)

  36. William Gould

    I used to love this but not had it for ages! Never thought of using wholemeal either, fantastic idea!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks William, yes I’d never made it with wholemeal either but it works really well:-)

  37. Elinor aka Beachhutcook

    Perfect to have after those long winter walks

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elinor, yes need to go on one of those walks!

  38. Heather Haigh

    Great idea to healthy-up an old favourite a bit 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Heather, the healthy eating starts now:-)

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