I know, I know. The name doesn't exactly sound all that dessert-like or tasty. But like a lot of old fashioned types of British food, it's thick, sweet and stodgy, designed to fill the stomach cheaply. And you can easily vary it by using different types of bread, including brioche (chocolate brioche especially makes for a decadent version) or by using different fruits, spices, and/or any other kind of additions you fancy. The idea was to use up possibly stale bread that some households couldn't afford to just throw away.
Preparation time 15 minutes
You will need:
250g bread (any kind will do, but you could try using chocolate brioche or fruit loaf. A better quality bread will give you a better dessert but it's not essential.)
125g dried fruit like currants, raisins, sultanas, and/or mixed peel, or you could try a tropical mix or chocolate chips - anything, really.
65g suet (this is an English speciality, a very dense fat made from beef or mutton fat, in case it's not a familiar thing in the US)
65g sugar (caster (fine sugar) is best, but I like some golden or demerara sugar to sprinkle on the top for serving)
1 medium egg
A teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg, or mixed spice
Cooking time approx 1 hour
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Rip the bread into pieces and leave soaking in water until soft. Then squeeze the bread dry and mix in with the fruit, fat, sugar and spices.
Mix in the egg. If it's too dry, you can add some milk. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish.
Bake for about an hour until the top is be nicely browned and a skewer comes out clean.
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