Cherry Croissant Pudding

    This takes the classic bread and butter pud idea and raises it to new heights. The croissants soak up the Kirsch-scented custard beautifully, but go deliciously crisp on top.


    Serves 4 Cook 12-14 minutes


    Ingredients


    • Butter for greasing

    • 300ml double cream

    • 300ml whole milk

    • 75g caster sugar

    • 4 large egg yolks

    • 2 tbsp Kirsch

    • 6 medium or 4 large croissants

    • 5-6 tbsp cherry conserve or jam

    • 100g cherries, stoned and halved

    Equipment

    • 1.2 litre ovenproof dish


    Method


    1. Grease a 1.2 litre ovenproof dish.


    2. Pour the cream and milk into a saucepan and heat just to the boil, then remove from the heat. Beat the sugar and egg yolks together in a large bowl, then pour on the hot milk and beat thoroughly. Stir in the Kirsch.


    3. Halve each croissant and spread with the cherry conserve. Arrange in the ovenproof dish. Scatter with the cherries and pour over the custard. Leave to stand for about 30 minutes to allow the custard to soak into the croissants.


    4. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 160°C/gas 3. Bake the pudding for 40-45 minutes, until the custard is set. If the top seems to be browning too quickly, cover the pudding with foil. Serve warm.


    Taken from Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds, published by Bloomsbury

    Photograph © Peter Cassidy


    © 2020 Paul Hollywood

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