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Caramelised figgy bread & butter pudding

  • 350g white baguette
  • 50g salted butter, very soft
  • 250g ripe figs, thickly sliced Fig figAlthough not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…
  • 50g pecans, very roughly chopped Pecan pee-kanRelated to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…
  • 2 tbsp marsala or sweet sherry
  • 300ml full-fat milk Milk mill-kOne of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 3 large eggs Egg eggThe ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
  • 4 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • good grating of nutmeg Nutmeg nut-megOne of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp caramel sauce from a squeezy tube, can or jar, plus a little extra to serve (optional)
  • golden icing sugar, for dusting
  • single cream, vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche, to serve
  • The night before you want to make the pudding, thickly slice the baguette and leave it out to go stale.
  • The next day, butter the bread and arrange in a big baking dish with the figs and pecans. Whisk together the Marsala or Sherry, milk, cream, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour all over the bread and leave to soak for 30 mins. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
  • Just before you pop it in the oven, drizzle with the caramel sauce, then dust all over with a good layer of golden icing sugar. Bake for 50 mins until puffed and looking sticky and caramelised. Drizzle with a little more caramel sauce, if you like, dust with a little more golden icing sugar if it needs it, and serve hot or warm with cream, ice cream or crème fraîche.