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Queen of Puddings

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 150°C Fan / 180°C Oven / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Dice the bread and place into a suitable ovenproof dish or individual dishes.
  3. Separate the eggs into yolks and whites.
  4. Whisk 75g of caster sugar, six egg yolks and vanilla until thick and smooth.
  5. Bring the cream to the boil then pour it over the eggs to form a custard. Pour this mixture over the diced bread.
  6. Bake in the oven for 15 mins to start the cooking process.
  7. Remove from the oven and top with rhubarb, or an alternative seasonal fruit of your choice. Sprinkle 25g of caster sugar over the fruit.
  8. Make your meringue by whisking three egg whites to soft peaks and adding 200g of caster sugar slowly until the meringue is thick and glossy.
  9. Top the rhubarb with the meringue, making sure you get lots of peaks.
  10. Bake in the oven for an additional 15 mins.
  11. Cool slightly and serve with more rhubarb and pouring cream or custard, which could be further fortified.