Comforting Irish recipes for winter

Comforting Irish recipes for winter

Get a taste of Ireland with this Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding.

Get a taste of Ireland with this Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding.


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From Guinness Bread to Cabbage and Bacon Terrine, these hearty meals will have you hooked.

For a sweet dessert, we couldn't go past this Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding crafted by Irish cook Darina Allen.

It's a popular dessert at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, that's situated on its own 100 acre organic farm and offers country cooking courses.

Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding


  • 450g red rhubarb
  • Sugar
  • 55g (2oz) butter, preferably unsalted
  • 12 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed
  • 450ml (16fl oz) cream
  • 230ml (8fl oz) milk
  • 4 large free-range eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla essence
  • 175g (6oz) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, for sprinkling on top of the pudding

To decorate:

  • Lightly whipped cream

You will need:

  • ovenproof pottery or china dish
  • a bain-marie or shallow roasting dish


  • Cut the rhubarb into 2.5cm (1in) pieces. Put into a dish and sprinkle with sugar. Leave to macerate for an hour.
  • Butter the bread and arrange four slices, butter-side down, in one layer in the buttered dish. Scatter half the rhubarb over the bread, and cover with another layer of bread, butter-side down. Scatter the remaining rhubarb on top and cover with the remaining bread, buttered side down.
  • Whisk together the cream, milk, eggs, vanilla essence and sugar in a bowl.
  • Pour the mixture through a fine sieve over the bread. Sprinkle the sugar over the top and let the mixture stand, covered loosely, for at least 1 hour or refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  • Bake in a bain-marie - the water should be boiling and come halfway up the sides of the baking dish - in the middle of the preheated oven, for about 1 hour or until the top is crisp and golden.
  • Serve the pudding warm with some softly whipped cream.