Bread and butter pudding is one of the best comfort foods for winter.  Slathered in hot vanilla custard & served after a Sunday lunch some could argue that there simply isn’t anything better to round off a winter meal.

sour cherry and almond bread and butter pudding

Sour Cherry Bread & Butter Pudding

Some people are purists, some like the addition of some additional spice.  This is a halfway house - some almonds & sour cherries along with a classic base to please all.

Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Keyword Sour Cherry Bread & Butter Pudding
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 650 kcal
Author Clare Major


  • 20 slices fruit bread (ideally a few days old)
  • 50 g butter to butter the bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 350 ml milk
  • 75 ml amaretto
  • 2 tblespoons caster sugar
  • 1 handful sour cherries
  • 1 handful flaked almonds


  1. Begin by spreading each piece of bread with butter and cut in half so you have triangles.

  2. Lay the bread in two rows and scatter with some almonds & sour cherries.  Repeat with another layer, arranging the top layer attractively for serving. 

  3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, amaretto and sugar in a bowl then pour over the bread in the dish. 

  4. Let this soak for 30 minutes while you let the oven warm to 180°C (fan)/ 200°C.

  5. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until the custard is set.

  6. Serve hot with cream or custard to serve. 

Recipe Notes

This is the perfect twist on a classic recipe - ideal for cold winter nights.

Sour Cherry and Almond Pudding

Which bread to use

The favourite for a decadent bread and butter pudding has to be brioche.  The buttery nature of it is hard to beat.  Second best to this, we believe is fruit bread – easily available in loaves from supermarkets, many already are spiced and have sultanas and raisins within the loaf.

Whether you prefer to use stale bread or fresh bread is your own preference.  We prefer slightly stale bread – to soak up more custard & give the pudding a slightly better consistency.  Allowing the custard to soak into the bread for 30-60 minutes will give you a denser and richer finished dish.



This recipe uses amaretto, sour cherries and almonds.  Another good flavour is marmalade – this was a family favourite, although in my formative years I had a (large) corner reserved for me without any.  Marmalade & brandy are also a good combination.

Some people love chocolate bread and butter pudding, although for us, this is a step too far.  Our Apple version is lovely in autumn when the Apple trees are bursting & makes a good alternative to apple crumble.


What to serve with bread and butter pudding

Our favourite is hot silky smooth custard.  Cream also works well or a flavoured ice cream to add a different dimension.



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