Who Invented The Bread And Butter Pudding?

Who Invented The Bread And Butter Pudding?

Whilst there are many uses for the bread bought from speciality bread suppliers, one of the most versatile ways to use bread nearing the end of its life is to make a filling, warm and comforting bread and butter pudding.

The unpretentious mix of buttered bread (traditionally just about to go stale), raisins and custard has been a favourite for centuries, particularly associated with times when no food must go to waste.

Like many dishes that came about as a way to avoid waste, such as Yorkshire pudding, the origin of the dessert is not entirely clear. Whilst the earliest complete written recipe can be found in Eliza Smith’s 18th-century cookbook The Compleat Housewife, traces of the dish can be found a century earlier at least.

Bread and butter pudding emerged out of two earlier dishes. The first was bread pudding, which dates back at least to the 11th century and was enriched, steamed bread with a mix of ingredients added to the bread before it was baked.

Once butter and eggs became more widely available it naturally evolved into bread and butter pudding, emerging into the dish that Eliza Smith would immortalise in her cookbook.

Another origin point is a dish that emerged in the late Tudor period in Devonshire known as whitepot.

Whilst far more famous as a rice dish and indeed would also evolve to become rice pudding, it could also be made with bread and butter, creating one of the ultimate comfort foods for hundreds of years.

Once the established recipe for bread and butter pudding was written down, it remained the same for over 200 years, taking until the mid-20th century to fall out of favour in a Great Britain that was rapidly evolving.

However, with a greater interest in traditional British cuisine, combined with better and more interesting breads, bread and butter pudding has re-emerged as a gastropub staple.

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By | 2022-02-28T13:19:39+00:00 February 28th, 2022|Blog|Comments Off on Who Invented The Bread And Butter Pudding?

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