In helping to cook for the elderly in 2007 I learnt the Lemon Curd version of this recipe and have used it many times since.

Feeds 6

Ingredients:   90p
8 slices of bread buttered        (10p)
4 eggs                                      (32p)
100 grams sultanas                  (20p)
1 pint milk                               (26p)
25 grams sugar                        (02p)
½ nutmeg (optional)

1. Grease an oblong dish
2. Cut buttered bread into triangles
3. Interleave bread triangles with sultanas
4. Warm milk do not boil eg 2 mins in microwave MED power
5. In a bowl beat together the eggs and sugar
6. Add to milk and stir well, pour over bread (sprinkle with nutmeg)
7. Leave to stand for 15 mins before cooking.
8. Cook 20 mins in combination m/w at 180 degrees, simmer power OR
9. Or 30 mins in 180 degree oven until it looks set and browned
10.Best served immediately, but enjoyable at any time.

Alternative fillings:
Substitute sultanas for cheap Orange Marmalade or Lemon Curd.

Make generously filled sandwiches of one of those.  Cut into triangles and stand them up in the dish.  If you have a lemon or orange add squeeze a little juice over the sandwiches for a tangier effect.  Pour on the above mixture and cook.

Tip:  If you find cheap lemons you can make your own a delicious curd in minutes with this Australian recipe.  It’s easy and delicious.

1 ½ cups of sugar,                                        (12p)
1 cup of lemon juice (about four lemons)   (49p)
4 eggs,                                                        (32p)
1 tbs cornflour,                                            (20p)
125grams of margarine/butter at room temperature (30p)

Place all ingredients except the butter in a microwave bowl and mix well. M/w on HIGH stir at 2, 4, and 5 mins. If it hasn’t thickened use MED for 2 more mins.  Allow to cool, beat in the softened butter.  It makes about 1½ jars and if lemons are free costs less than the shops, however this came to £1.33 but is without preservatives, is delicious, and when bottled in sterilized jars needs to be stored in refrigerator and used within a month.

Basic Sweet Cost:  90p
Portion: 15p

Bread & Butter Pudding