I remember coming home from school in the winter, opening the front door and being enveloped in the warmth and the delicious smell of mum’s cooking. It was so instantly comforting. I was bullied very badly at school and so there was always a sense of relief when I had made it to the safe haven of home.
Now I have my own family and it’s not really surprising that one of the ways I like to nurture them is to cook for them. Who needs artificial room fresheners when you can have the delicious scent of home cooked loveliness filling the air.
A bakery near us makes Brioche, a French sweet bread which is soft and buttery and delightful. It tends to sell out very quickly but I was lucky enough to grab a loaf. Normally I make bread & butter pudding when I have the end of a loaf to use up, but bread & butter pudding made with Brioche is an entirely different creature and one you should definitely sample if you get the chance.
Brioche & Butter Pudding
8 fairly thick slices of Brioche spread with butter & jam
2.5 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Sugar for sprinkling (vanilla sugar has a lighter taste or brown sugar for more caramel flavor)
Layer the slices of brioche in a greased glass baking dish sprinkling with a little sugar. You can add fruit at this stage, traditionally sultanas but my children have turned against them so this recipe is sans fruit. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla together and pour over the brioche. Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown and the custard is set. Enjoy the delicious vanilla aroma that will fill your house. Best served with vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!