Great Baddow Man's Recipe Delights ITV Show

April 2013

Great Baddow resident Tony Appleton appeared on the ITV show ‘Food Glorious Food’ demonstrating his Bread and Butter Pudding recipe that has passed down through four generations of his family. The ex Navy man though, has added a boozy twist! One day he added rum to his mother’s mixture, a vital tweak that he has kept in his version of the dish ever since. The dish impressed judge Tom Parker Bowles who awarded Tony a rosette for his efforts.

Tony has been a Town Crier for 20 years. He also owns a care home in Baddow Road.
Here’s the recipe for Tony’s Bread and Butter Pudding.
Serves: 4
4 oz dried fruit
3 tbsp good quality dark rum e.g Pusser’s rum
4-6 slices white sliced bread, crusts removed
1 x orange, zest only
1 x lemon, zest only
3 oz brown sugar
3 x large eggs
1 pint milk

1. Soak the fruit in a bowl with the rum for 1 hour.
2. Butter an ovenproof dish (8½ x 8½ x 2”). Drain the soaked fruit.
3. Butter the bread, then spread each slice with marmalade. Cut each slice into four triangles.
Place one layer of bread in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with a third of the zests, sugar and fruit.
Repeat this step twice more to give three layers in total.
4. Beat the eggs and add the milk. Pour this mixture over the bread and allow to soak for 1 hour.
5. Preheat the oven to 150°C/Gas mark 2, then bake the pudding on the middle shelf for 1 hour. 
Serve with double cream.